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Advice & support

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 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.

Guide to retirement

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


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

Keeping active with health conditions

Royal Voluntary Service is one of a number of 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

Read this guide produced by the NHS to help you stay in good health over the winter months.

Preparing for severe wintry conditions

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

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 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.