Volunteering: here’s what to expect
The difference between volunteering on your own and volunteering through Royal Voluntary Service is that we help you match your talents and skills with the roles that suit you best.
That’s because we want the experience to be as meaningful and enjoyable to you as it is to the people you help.
Whether you’re keeping a hospital patient company, helping to run a community activity, giving someone a lift to the shops or just being there for someone who needs a friendly face, you’ll be using your own unique abilities to make a positive difference.
It makes me happy to spend my time volunteering.
Dave is a Community Transport volunteer for a dementia support service. He takes clients to a weekly dementia club where they receive vital support that helps them to live healthy and happy lives. "It’s been a great experience and I’m so glad I decided to do it."
Ready to get started?
Let’s take a look at the volunteering opportunities in your area and we’ll show you all the ways you can Play Your Part and offer support in your local community or NHS.
Once you know how you’d like to volunteer, we’ll get you started with the practical, technical and legal information and support you need. It’s not complicated – here’s what’s involved:
Induction and training
As well as an induction into volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service, you’ll get any and all training you need before starting your voluntary role.
We’re always there for you, whether that’s through a volunteering buddy, a manager or coordinator or just someone to offer advice by email or over the phone.
Help with expenses
We’ll pay back any reasonable expenses you pay out while you’re volunteering.
If we’ve approved or authorised your volunteering role, you don’t need any additional insurance.
We’re committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all our volunteers, and you’ll learn more about that as part of your training. We’ll also do risk assessments related to your role and the environment you’ll be volunteering in.
Where necessary, our volunteers go through a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) which was previously known as a CRB check. In Scotland that means a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check from Disclosure Scotland.
Our volunteering opportunities are open to everyone, of all ages, gender identities, cultures, ethnicities, skills, backgrounds and levels of ability.
Rewards and recognition
We have a rewards and recognition scheme that celebrates your achievements as a volunteer.
All the information you give us is confidential and likewise you’ll need to protect the confidentiality of any information you handle for the people or organisations you support.
Life long benefits
We never forget our volunteers and the service they’ve given. So if you’ve given us your time, we’ll always be there for you. You can depend on the support of our services any time you need them, and we have a couple of more formal ways to take care of you too:
The Friends of Royal Voluntary Service keeps us in touch with former volunteers, which means we know just when to offer additional support.
The WRVS Benevolent Trust offers one-off grants to volunteers past and present who find themselves in need of financial assistance.