Thursday, 07 May 2020
As Britain marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, Royal Voluntary Service will reflect and remember the ‘Women in Green’; the women who stepped forward to give the gift of volunteering to support their communities during the Second World War.
Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions (WVS), Royal Voluntary Service is the largest volunteering organisation in British history
, and the charity’s volunteers continue to support communities across Britain today.
To mark the occasion, the charity will also be hosting a day of VE Day celebrations at the Virtual Village Hall
, a new programme of online activities to join in with at home. The day includes a live singalong of wartime songs just after 3pm, a jive dance class and a 1940s hairstyle tutorial.
The Virtual Village Hall
is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and features themed video sessions led by expert tutors, TV and radio personalities, and Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators and volunteers. Live and pre-recorded sessions take place daily and include exercise, music and dance, relaxation and meditation, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, and technology skills.
The Virtual Village Hall is available via the Royal Voluntary Service website and all sessions are available to access on demand on the Virtual Village Hall YouTube channel.
"Our charity was founded in extraordinary times and a million women came to support the war effort at home. Today we face a very different challenge and once again, our volunteers have risen to the task in hand, working hard to help people in need in local communities and to support the NHS. The Virtual Village Hall is a wonderful way to bring joy and connection into people’s lives while many are feeling isolated at home. We hope as many people as possible will join in with our VE Day celebrations."
Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive at Royal Voluntary Service
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Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary service organisations in Britain. We inspire and enable volunteers to help people in need in hospitals, at home and in the community.
Our volunteers improve patient experience in hospital, aid recovery after a stay on ward, help older people support themselves at home, stay fit and active and build meaningful social connections.
Royal Voluntary Service supports volunteers to run services in the community such as lunch and dining clubs, physical activity classes, craft, gardening and other hobby groups. We work collaboratively with other charities, social care providers and the NHS to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved.
The charity is one of the UK’s largest hospital retailers with volunteer-run shops, cafés and trolley services providing tea and company to patients, hospital staff and visitors.
To become a local volunteer search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation.
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