We are a national charity built on local volunteering giving support to the people that need it in our hospitals and communities. For 80 years, WVS, WRVS and today as Royal Voluntary Service, has inspired more than three million women and men to give their time to help others.
A driving volunteer will help transport people in the community to be able to attend appointments, go out and see friends or attend a local club.
There are no fixed hours for volunteering, you give the time that suits you. Even if it’s just a couple of hours once a month or an hour weekly, we can find you something very worthwhile for you to do.
There are some mandatory training modules to be completed before you can volunteer but can get support from staff in the office, and of course another requirement is becoming a member of PVG as you’re volunteering with vulnerable groups.
You mainly volunteer on your own as a volunteer driver and have to wait for the client whilst at their appointment, sometimes this means in the waiting room etc.
Be part of something
You want to have a regular place to go or a group of people to meet with regularly. You could join one of our friendly teams volunteering in your local hospital or be a part of one of the hundreds of groups and clubs who are supporting local people in your area.
Exercise values and beliefs
You believe people should have more options and control in their lives. You feel that communities shouldn’t allow people to become isolated and we should support our local groups and services. Whatever you choose to do, you will make others feel valued whilst having a real impact in your community.
You enjoy helping others and having a positive impact on someone’s life. You may have received this help yourself and now want to give such a gift back or maybe you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Learn new skills
You may want to improve your confidence or gain new skills and experience. Volunteering can be an exciting stepping stone towards the next stage of your career or life whilst giving back to your community.
Make a difference
You want to have more influence and feel like you’re genuinely improving your local community. As well as helping out in local communities and hospitals, you could set up and lead a group or activity of your choice.
Make new friends
You want to make new friends while helping others at the same time. Whether you may want to build relationships in your community or simply make new friends, you will enjoy the benefits that volunteering can give.
Patients who don’t have many visitors during a stay in hospital often feel very isolated, lonely and fed up.
By volunteering your talents and skills to help on a hospital ward, you can make someone’s stay a little easier and help them return home sooner and stronger, reducing the chances of re-admission.
Bed rest can accelerate muscle loss and increase feelings of loneliness and anxiety, so it’s important that patients stay active both physically and mentally.
As a volunteer in a hospital ward, you can help in a number of ways:
• Leading chair-based interactive exercise sessions using music, balls and games
• Keeping minds active by reading, chatting and playing games
• Preparing patients for going home
• Supporting and encouraging patients to eat and drink well
• Providing companionship outside visiting hours
• Bilingual and multilingual volunteers can help to support people by speaking to them in their own language
Simply being there for someone to distract them from hospital life and even make them smile, can be a huge help. As a volunteer in hospital wards, you’ll also help to take some of the pressure off the ward staff and be part of the NHS team.
It’s not just about the patients themselves, you can provide reassurance and comfort for patients’ families and friends too. Knowing that someone is spending time with their loved ones through the day can be a welcome weight off their minds.
You’ll also get to know how the wards operate, what the patients like and don’t like, and even the needs and wishes of their families.
On-Ward Services can happen any day of the week but weekends are especially helpful for patients without regular visitors. You can also help by becoming a hospital trolley volunteer.