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Supporting your community

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been supporting their local communities since 1938.

Our volunteers offer vital services and practical help to local people in need of a little extra support. 

Our rewarding roles are a great way to give back and get involved with your local community. From visiting people who are isolated and struggling at home, to helping out at a community lunch or social club, there’s plenty of choice.

If you live in England and want a totally flexible role you could sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder where you pick up tasks via an app on your smart phone. The scheme includes a variety of roles.

We help people find ways of using their individual skills, talents and time to support others.

If you’d like to see some of the ways you can help in your community, enter your postcode in the box below and read on to find out more about which role is right for you. 

Find local volunteering opportunities

Let’s take a look at the volunteering opportunities in your area. Just enter your postcode in the box below, and we’ll show you all the ways you can offer support in your local community.

What you could be doing

These are just some of the volunteering roles we offer:

Emergency Response volunteer

Emergency Response volunteers can be called on to lend a hand in a crisis.  The role is flexible which means you can fit volunteering in around your availability and what you can do to help.

Just by being there, ready to help out in your local community wherever you’re needed, you are making a difference.  You could be the reason our services are able to remain open to support those who need them. This could be by lending a hand at a lunch club or a social club when regular volunteers are unable to make it through ill health or transport issues. 

Community Companions volunteer

As a Community Companions volunteer you will offer your time and company to somebody that might not have anyone else to rely on nearby.

That might mean going for a walk or joining a group together. You might just be popping in for a cuppa and a chat, but you’ll be helping to build their confidence and restore their connections with others.

Community Transport volunteer

Community Transport volunteers are like the friend you can call on for a lift. By offering transport, you’ll be helping people in your community unable to use public transport to stay active, independent and social.

You might take them to and from appointments, visits with friends, community groups or just down to the shops. It’s amazing the difference you can make just by offering an hour now and then. All you need is a car and a little spare time. 

Home Library service volunteer

Home Library service volunteers bring the wonders of the local library to those that are unable to visit themselves. 

If people in your community can’t make it to the library, due to restricted mobility or disability for example, you can be the person to bring them books, audiobooks, films and music that will transport them to another world.

But in this role, volunteers deliver so much more than just books and films. Not only does reading help with feelings of isolation and loneliness, but you’ll offer a friendly face and a chat that will brighten up someone’s day. 

Lunch club volunteer

If you’ve got a lunch time to spare once or twice a week, you could volunteer at one of our sociable lunch clubs, which the people we support say are ‘real lifelines’. 

You’ll soon become part of the team in these social groups that offer much more than tasty home-cooked food. You’ll be offering participants who might live alone, or find it difficult to get out, the chance to enjoy a meal in the company of friends. 

You don’t have to be a Jamie or a Nigella to get involved, we need servers, coordinators, drivers and washer-uppers as well as cooks. 

Social clubs & events volunteer

Social club volunteers offer up a raft of imaginative social and physical activities to bring people together. Community centres, cafés, village halls, libraries, sheds, pubs and restaurants – all it takes is a space and a volunteer like you to organise. With Royal Voluntary Service you can either set up something new or help out at an existing group.

We’ve seen social dining clubs, dance and exercise classes, music lessons, cooking and baking, art, photography, crafting and comedy. They all bring people together to do something they enjoy - boosting their health and wellbeing in the process.

Dementia support volunteers

Help people in your community living with dementia to stay connected and social by volunteering at one of our support groups. 

Whether you’re setting up brain stimulating activities or serving tasty lunches at a group, you’ll also be making great friends and providing participants with valuable social connections that are key to their wellbeing. 

You might also be supporting their carers too, helping everyone involved to continue to do the things they love, stay healthy and keep in touch with their community. 

NHS Volunteer Responders

If you live in England and you’d like to help support our hardworking NHS as they continue to focus on the nation's COVID recovery, you can register to be an NHS Volunteer Responder. 

You could be one of the volunteers making history and playing an important part in the vaccine rollout by supporting the NHS as a Steward Volunteer at your local vaccination sites. 

Or you can help vulnerable, shielding or isolated people in your community to stay safe by collecting their shopping and medicines, or offering them safe and comfortable transport to appointments. 

You could also offer those feeling lonely or isolated a friendly phone call and someone to chat to - often a welcome morale boost.