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Voices of volunteering

Maureen Jones Voices of Volunteering: 75 years of citizenship and service is a pioneering oral history project bringing the voices of WVS, WRVS and Royal Voluntary Service volunteers to life. Generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, over two years we will be professionally gathering 80 oral histories from our past and present volunteers from every part of Great Britain; stories told in their own voices and own words, of their contribution to the largest voluntary organisation in British history.

Those whose stories will be told come from all walks of life and worked, and continue to work, to help deliver services such as Meals on Wheels, emergency feeding, hospital shops, or Good Neighbours, at all levels, from the 1940s through to the present day.

You can listen to these professionally gathered oral histories in our online Archive Online - more will be added as they are recorded. Visit our Archive Online and type ‘Voices of Volunteering’ into the search box to see what's available.

The culmination of the project will be the launch of our online schools resources, designed to assist in teaching the value of volunteering to secondary school students as part of the Citizenship elements of the National Curriculum. These resources will be available from February 2016.

Volunteers are playing a vital role in helping us to gather as many recordings as we can, before these stories are lost forever. As part of the project we will be training Heritage Champions, giving them the skills to undertake their own oral history recordings and contribute to the project far beyond its finale in April 2016.

If you would like to become a Heritage Champion you can get involved  - contact us

Photo caption: In June 2014 Maureen Jones shared her stories of 45 years of helping with Meals on Wheels all over southern England and South Wales.

Heritage Lottery funded