80 years of Royal Voluntary Service
Founded in 1938 as the nation prepared for war, the Women’s Voluntary Services brought together over a million women to volunteer to support on the home front.
From evacuating children to running air raid precautions, the ‘women in green’ were central to Britain’s defence and resilience.
In the decades that followed, the organisation and its unique philosophy of voluntary service maintained its place at the heart of civic life. It tackled extraordinarysocial challenges, from building nuclear bunkers, organising holidays for disadvantaged children, delivering Meals on Wheels to running Darby & Joan clubs.
Today its volunteers are still active and helping in hospitals and communities across Great Britain.