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Community Response Volunteer

Getting you started as a Community Response Volunteer

Welcome and thank you!

Welcome to Royal Voluntary Service and thank you so much for choosing to be part of one of Britain’s largest volunteer organisations.

Founded in 1938 as WVS, the charity mobilised over 1 million volunteers to help with almost every aspect of wartime life. Today, Royal Voluntary Service still inspires and enables people to give the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day. Never has that been more important than now, when we find ourselves in challenging times with the impact of COVID-19. As our founder, Lady Stella Reading said in 1938: ‘As a nation we require voluntary service today as much as we have ever done in the past.’

Royal Voluntary Service has been supporting the NHS since its birth in 1948 and we are delighted you have stepped be part of this by supporting vulnerable people to self-isolate. We want to ensure we are able to support the NHS during this challenging time and may ask you to support in other ways if you able, for example as a steward at a flu vaccination clinic. However, we will never ask you to do something you are uncomfortable doing. We will be adapting our approach to support as the need arises and will make contact with you and provide you with information and guidance if we feel you may be able to help in a different way.

Please take the time to read and understand the content thoroughly so that we can help people effectively and safely. At the end of this guide you will find fact sheets and important information to support you in your role. Thank you for joining us, we hope that by coming together we can keep our communities safe and comforted during this difficult time.

Kindest regards,

Catherine Johnstone CBE
Chief Executive

Print entire guide Page last reviewed: 21 August 2020

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