Who can volunteer
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers range in age and stage of life, from their teens (minimum age 14) to their 90s and come from different cultures and backgrounds. Each brings their own experiences, skills and knowledge. Whatever their age and background, volunteers give their time to support people in need in hospitals, at home and in the local community.
Who volunteers with us?
There is no ‘typical’ Royal Voluntary Service volunteer. It’s true there’s a higher proportion of women (come on, men!) and many volunteers come to us post-retirement, but we have volunteers from all backgrounds and stages of life.
Here’s what some of them have to say about their experiences:
"I've found I've learned a lot talking to someone of a different generation. I've learnt a lot about her life and it's so interesting hearing about how she grew up. I think she's found it interesting listening to a more modern perspective of things. I tell her about iPads and she's amazed!
"I think it's a great thing for younger people to volunteer because it's only a short period of time and anyone can ring for 20-30 minutes, just to make that difference in someone else's life. I really enjoy it."
“It gets me out the house! No, seriously, I feel as though I am appreciated and making a really positive difference to peoples’ lives. It also makes you appreciate what you have in life yourself, which you could so easily take for granted.”
“The benefits are an improved mental attitude and an appreciation of what you’ve actually got. You start to realise how many people are out there who’ve got so much less than you. If you’re feeling lonely and blue, it’s a great place to be, it will cheer you up, it gives you huge life enrichment.
"Most people say to me, 'how do you find the time?' And I don’t really know, but somehow I do. I would say to anybody: try it. Maybe it’s not for everybody, but it’s just so rewarding and enriches your own life as well as many others. Just give it a go."
“I was a high flyer, but I wasn’t fulfilled. Now, volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service is the happiest time of my life. I’d recommend for everybody just to volunteer. Get a bit of a different perspective on life, do something worthwhile and not just for yourself. You will find there are a lot of rewards to it.
"It’s nice doing something worthwhile and nice actually seeing an immediate impact, just seeing someone smile when you do something different or help them out."
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