Royal Voluntary Service - Emergency Response Volunteer
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Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering organisations in Great Britain, providing vital, responsive services which support public health, social care and wellbeing. Its staff and thousands of volunteers support people in need, with the aim of building resilience in local communities. In March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, NHS England commissioned Royal Voluntary Service to recruit NHS Volunteer Responders to shield the NHS and provide practical help to the 2.5 million most at-risk people who were shielding at home. The programme was extended to support the vaccination drive. To date, NHS Volunteer Responders have delivered over 2 million tasks.
Originally set up as the Women’s Voluntary Service (subsequently the WRVS) in 1938, the charity began its life helping civilians during the Second World War. The charity has supported the NHS since its inception. Today’s Royal Voluntary Service NHS volunteers provide patient companionship and transport, on-ward exercise sessions, and settlement support for vulnerable patients following a stay in hospital. In local communities, Royal Voluntary Service (volunteers) run(s) physical activity classes, dining clubs and social groups which bring people together, promoting better health, social interaction and connection. The charity is also one of the UK’s largest hospital retailers with 200 volunteer-run shops, cafes and trolley services providing refreshments and company to patients, hospital staff and visitors.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
As a Emergency Response Volunteer you will be someone we can call upon to help if there is an urgent need to support people in and around your local community or to lend a hand to your local NHS in a hospital environment.
There is a range of support that you could provide as a Emergency Response Volunteer such as:
Our Emergency Response Volunteers are able to help provide their skills and support in a time of need. The above list does not cover all the possible tasks and requests for help will be based on local needs. As long as you are ready and willing please step forward to join us today.
- Helping your local hospital in need of extra volunteers in winter
- Visiting someone who’s recovering from illness
- Joining the team at our hospital shops or cafes when they are short-handed
- Supporting a local lunch club needing to continue to provide lunches to participants.
No specific skills and experience is required.
- These volunteer roles will help students to build their skills, add to their CVs and help their University town communities
- Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award