Advice and Support

Advice and support from Royal Voluntary Service

NHS Volunteer Responders offers help to people in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).

Coronavirus support and guidance

Since 1938 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been offering guidance and advice to the many people that they help on a daily basis. 

Drawn from their knowledge and expertise in supporting people, Royal Voluntary Service has produced a number of guides that can be printed out and given to friends, family or carers.  

We update this section regularly so do come back soon for more of our useful Royal Voluntary Service guides.

Coronavirus support

Up to date information about how we are responding to the coronavirus situation.

Easy exercises to do at home

Together with Move it or Lose It we have produced videos for resistance based exercises that you can do at home.

Eating well when you’re over 70

Simple suggestions and advice on healthy eating over the age of 70.

Feeling well and overcoming loneliness

Advice for feeling well and overcoming loneliness particularly in later life.

Guide to Retirement

Together with Legal & General we have selected top tips for how to make the most out of retirement.

Hospital stays

Advice to help you plan a hospital stay, particularly if you are less independent.


Follow our top tips to stay hydrated whatever your stage of life.

Keeping active with health conditions

Royal Voluntary Service is one of 15 charities leading We Are Undefeatable, a campaign supporting people with health conditions to be active in whatever way works for them.

Managing minor winter ailments

Produced by the NHS to help you stay in good health over the winter months.

NHS Access: Cancer and abdominal symptoms

Contact your GP if you are worried about a symptom that could be cancer and specifically symptoms of abdominal cancers.

Practical ways to support a person living with dementia

Together with Alzheimer's Society to provide ten practical ways to help people living with dementia.

Preparing for severe wintry conditions

Make preparation for the winter months easier, particularly if you need a bit of extra help or support.

Preventing falls

Fall prevention tips to help reduce the risk of future injuries for people who may be more vulnerable.

Retirement care

A range of online tools to understand care options, find suitable local care and to explore care payment.

Smart meters

Benefits of switching to a smart meter to manage energy use at home.

Staying gas safe

Advice on both gas safety and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to vulnerable people.

Staying safe during a heatwave

Guidance on how to prevent health problems and to stay cool during heatwaves and extreme weather conditions.

Supporting your vision at home

Together with Specsavers, if you are unable to visit an optician they may be able to come to you.

Tell tale signs of hearing loss

Together with Specsavers, we encourage older people to get a free hearing check.

The flu vaccination

Produced by the NHS to help you protect yourself against flu with a free vaccination every year.

Your home; keeping it maintained and safe

Your home is a big part of your life and these tips will keep you feeling happy and safe there.

Do you need support?

If you need help collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies, please call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)

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What's in your area

If you or a family member, friend or neighbour would like to join in with local clubs and activities or need support from our services then find out how Royal Voluntary Service can help.

What we do

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