Find out about the people behind Royal Voluntary Service in our series of guest stories from our volunteers, staff and partners.
As part of our Volunteers’ Week blog series, we’re taking you around the country to meet our volunteers.
We’d like to introduce you to Bev, 29, who volunteers at our North Somerset service. She is a Good Neighbours volunteer who visits an older lady in her local area once a week.
“I’ve been volunteering for Royal Voluntary Service for six months. I've been volunteering on and off since I was 14 but really wanted to get involved in something more regular and long term within the local community. Once I'd read the Royal Voluntary service mission statement and found out they needed volunteers locally, I was committed and am now a proud Good Neighbour.
"I am passionate about volunteering as I've always believed in giving what you can spare if it could benefit someone.
“Just an hour of my time each week provides a regular visitor and a familiar face to an older lady living alone, who often goes days without seeing anyone. It gives her something to look forward to and both of us the opportunity to engage with someone of a different generation.
“Every Monday, we chat over tea and cake, share baking tips, listen to records and generally enjoy each other’s company. It’s wonderful knowing that such a simple act provides much needed companionship and I'm proud to be able to do it.
“One of the best things about volunteering is knowing that you can make a difference and bring a smile to someone just by offering your company. In a time where interactions are often hurried and replaced by texts and emails, engaging in good old fashion conversation is a wonderful way to spend an hour.
“Whether you can commit to a regular phone call, an hour a week or an hour a day, there is always something you can offer to help make a difference to someone else's life. I'd recommend it to everyone, be part of something wonderful and get involved.
“I'm so glad I signed up to volunteer, I only wish I had more time to offer!”
Have a look at some of the other blogs in our Volunteers’ Week series:
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