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Supporting communities to recover and Thrive

Royal Voluntary Service has been operating at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic, supporting those most vulnerable to stay safe and well at home and shield from the virus. Our services have been a lifeline to vulnerable people across Britain and helped reduce pressure on the NHS front line.

As we move into a new phase, there is still an acute need for support in our communities - the pandemic has had a significant impact on those already vulnerable or disadvantaged. Over the coming months we face a monumental challenge as we see the human cost of extended periods in isolation play out, for many confidence will be lost and recovery will be slow.

Thrive COVID recovery programme

Royal Voluntary Service will be delivering a two year programme of support to help some of the hardest hit communities recover from the impact of Coronavirus. Powered by volunteers, our ‘Thrive’ portfolio of services will help vulnerable people of all ages to recover physical and mental health, build social connections and sustain their wellbeing through one to one support, group activities and via our online community platform Virtual Village Hall.

We will:

  • Help vulnerable people home from hospital and to regain strength, recover and rebuild confidence
  • Support those with long term health conditions to stay physically and mentally active
  • Transport people to vital medical appointments, social groups and community services
  • Help people to find suitable social activity groups in their neighbourhoods and accompany them
  • Continue to collect shopping and prescriptions for people for as long as it’s needed
  • Provide companionship and safe and well check telephone calls, providing regular social contact for people struggling to leave the house and ensuring they are safe and well
  • Encourage and support people to leave the house and become more active through accompanying them on walks and outings
  • Support people to access groups and services online, including our Virtual Village Hall online community platform to sustain their wellbeing.

Crucially, more volunteers will be introduced to volunteering through the programme and the stellar wellbeing benefits it can bring, such as building confidence, providing a sense of purpose, a route into employment and new friendships.

Over the long recovery from the pandemic and through the uncertain economic terrain ahead, our volunteers and staff will continue to help those in need of substantial support with their physical and emotional wellbeing. As we have always done, Royal Voluntary Service will continue to help people and communities come together to overcome obstacles, grow resilience and ultimately, to thrive.

Companies, Foundations and Philanthopists

Talk to us...

Our partnerships and philanthropy team are on hand to discuss how your support can deliver the biggest
impact for vulnerable individuals during this crisis.

Companies: Contact Kate Rooks on 07714 898606 or email

Trusts, foundations & philanthropists: Contact Liz Thomas on 07714 898557 or email