Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service was formed in 1938 by Stella, Lady Reading as Women’s Voluntary Services to help communities prepare for the hardships of war. Since then it has inspired more than three million ordinary women and men to give their time to help address whatever needs were most apparent in their communities. Today our volunteers do the simple things which make a big difference. Helping on wards and serving refreshments in busy NHS hospitals, supporting older people just home from an operation; running lunch clubs and social activities to help older people stay active and fend off loneliness.

Updated:
20 August 2018
Location:
National
Sectors:
Charity, Care, Commissioners Sector, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Social Care, Transport Sector, Voluntary

1. Action Plan

Among the most significant challenges our nation faces is our rapidly ageing population. People’s experience of ageing varies greatly with those from poorer backgrounds much more likely to suffer from ill health. Isolation and loneliness have risen too as families have dispersed, individualism has taken hold and more people find themselves living alone for longer in old age.

Our volunteers deliver great impact as they assist thousands of older people to live happier and healthier lives. They do this through a range of high-impact support services which help people to regain strength and confidence after a set-back, or help them to manage their challenging circumstances better. In addition, volunteers run an array of community led-clubs and activity groups to foster and maintain social connections and well-being.

2. Actions

  • All Royal Voluntary Service staff to be Dementia Aware

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

    Status:

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    All Royal Voluntary Service staff will complete our first Dementia Awareness module and become a registered Dementia Friend by March 2019.

  • All Royal Voluntary Service volunteers working with people in our hospital and home services will be Dementia Aware and will complete all four training modules.

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

    Status:

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    All Royal Voluntary Service volunteers working in our hospital and home services will complete all four of our Dementia Awareness modules and become a registered Dementia Friend by March 2019.

  • We will encourage all volunteers to complete the Dementia Awareness training and become a registered Dementia Friend

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

    Status:

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    We are rolling out a new set of Dementia training modules open to all, with an aim of everyone in Royal Voluntary Service completing them and being a registered Dementia Friend by December 2019.

  • We will work towards making our hospital Cafes as dementia friendly as possible.

    Linked to Dementia Statement: We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

    Status:

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    Through design and refurbishments, the dementia friendly approach will be evident, working towards making our Cafes in hospitals as dementia friendly as possible.