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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 4th September 2018

Charity of the Month: Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering organisations in British history. It has been helping others for more than 80 years by inspiring and enabling people to give the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day.

In 1938 that was helping civilians during the Second World War and in 2018, it primarily focuses on helping people as they age and supporting the NHS. With an army of 20,000 volunteers, the charity provides vital support in hospitals, at home and in the community.

Royal Voluntary Service has hundreds of volunteers across Kent and provides a range of services to help older people stay active, independent, social and happy. This includes a vibrant cafe in Chatham, which as well as offering its 100-plus regular attendees a friendly face, also runs a programme of fun activities. The charity also has 13 branches across Kent, which are completely volunteer-led and include social clubs in Meopham and Ightham.

And now, Royal Voluntary Service is partnering with Prudential UK to create more opportunities for older people to socialise and stay active. A new campaign, Bring People Together, is encouraging people across Kent to volunteer to kick-start and run their own activities, with the charity’s support.

Karen Hilson, Royal Voluntary Service’s Community Engagement and Development Worker, Kent, said: “We have many opportunities across Kent for people to volunteer – either at an existing service or by starting their own. We are open to suggestions from starting a walking football group to setting up a community companions service.”

• For more information, contact Karen Hilson at karen.hilson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk, call 0300 012 0261 or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

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