WRVS Benevolent Trust
The WRVS Benevolent Trust is for past or present WVS, WRVS or Royal Voluntary Service volunteers or staff.
A large number of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are aged 70+ and during the Covid-19 crisis many will have had to stay at home to protect their health. For some, stepping back from their regular volunteering roles meant being cut off from their key sources of support and companionship. We knew that some volunteers were experiencing difficulty in getting their groceries and others were really feeling the effects of not having their usual social interaction and the support of their fellow volunteers.
Thanks to a generous grant of £20,000 from the WRVS Benevolent Trust, Royal Voluntary Service has been able to provide support to volunteers, including telephone calls to provide companionship and a welfare check, picking up groceries or shopping and, where needed, a free pack of emergency provisions.
"In this unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, the Trust decided to help the Royal Voluntary Service with a grant to support current volunteers who may be vulnerable or isolating with safe and well checks or the provision of basic essentials they can’t get themselves. To quote our founder Stella, Lady Reading “Not why we can’t but how we can."
Gilli Galloway, Chair, WRVS Benevolent Trust
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