Royal Voluntary Service has been part of the NHS since its inception and we have partnered with HelpForce to scale up the number of volunteers helping in the NHS. We provide a wide range of services and support in hospitals which free up NHS staff time for patient care. Our thousands of hospital volunteers help improve older people’s experience in hospital, support their recovery and return home and reduce the chance of being re-admitted.
We also run hospital Meet and Greet services and are one of the UK’s largest hospital retailers, with over 230 volunteer-run Shops and Cafés and Trolley Services.
Royal Voluntary Service runs cafés and shops in hospitals across Britain.
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are on hand to help you during your visit to hospital.
Volunteers provide companionship to patients during a hospital stay.
Volunteer support to help older people get back on their feet after a hospital stay.
Patient Transport provides travel to essential medical appointments.
Volunteers provide great customer service on the move, taking trolleys with essentials around hospital wards.