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Offering guidance & 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.

COVID-19 vaccination programme

Read this guide produced by the NHS for information on the autumn 2023 vaccination programme.

Eat well and boost your mood

Information from Yakult about how different foods can impact your mood, especially in the colder months.

The flu vaccination

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

Good Health winter recipes

For food to feel good about in winter, Waitrose has teamed up with Royal Voluntary Service to share some of their favourite Good Health recipes.

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 your home for winter

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

Retirement care

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

Protect yourself from shingles

Read this guide produced by the NHS for information about shingles and the national shingles programme, the benefits of the vaccine and who is eligible.

Smart meters

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

Staying safe during a heatwave

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

Stay safe, well & warm in winter

Supporting you in the colder months with our helpful guide filled with useful up to date advice and practical information with support from Yakult, Waitrose and Cadent.

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.