Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, want to make 2017 happier for older people. Whether it’s taking an older person to the shops, delivering a meal to them or even walking their dog, volunteers can make a big difference within communities by helping older people to have independent and fulfilled lives.

If you are interested in giving back to older people within your community, Royal Voluntary Service have a wide variety of roles and locations. Flexibility with times and roles means anyone from any background can volunteer.

Royal Voluntary Service embraces diversity. Their volunteers come from different backgrounds and cultures, and possess varied skills and experiences. Regular roles can be offered in lunchtime clubs and social clubs and shift work is available for services such as Befriending and Good Neighbours.

Whether you can spare a few hours once a week, once a fortnight or can give a couple of days each month, there is an opportunity to suit your availability. Royal Voluntary Service are very flexible with working hours and can tailor your time to your volunteering role; they understand how busy life can get and can adjust the best times for you to participate.

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