Find out about the people behind Royal Voluntary Service in our series of guest stories from our volunteers, staff and partners.
To mark the start of Volunteers’ Week
, we’re introducing you to some of inspirational volunteers from around the country. This year, Volunteers’ Week has been bigger than ever
and will be running from 1 – 12 June as part of the celebrations of our patron Her Majesty the Queen
’s birthday and in recognition of her lifetime of service to Royal Voluntary Service and over 600 other charities.
Today, meet Dave, 76, is a volunteer in our Good Neighbours
scheme in Oxfordshire
. He provides lifts to older people in the area so that they can get out and about and visit our social centre
. Dave says that he gets a lot out of volunteering
"I enjoy helping people, I think it’s important. Everybody needs a friend in this world or someone to talk to."
Dave, Royal Voluntary Service Volunteer
One of the people that Dave helps each week is Sylvia, 91.
"Dave is always looking out for me, he picks me up and takes me to the "Friday Club" at the Royal Voluntary Service Centre in Banbury. I really enjoy it because there’s good company and things to do. We play games, have some lunch and there’s always tea and coffee. I think all the volunteers are nice, helpful and courteous, we’re very lucky to have them all. There is about 20 of us who come to the Friday Club, and we couldn’t be together or have as much fun if it wasn’t for the volunteers like Dave."
Funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery
are helping to fund our Good Neighbours
schemes and social activities
where older people can get together across Great Britain.
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