WRVS, formerly the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, is calling for the 70,000 Olympic games makers, the volunteers who have dedicated their free time to making the Olympics happen, to consider continuing to volunteer in their community by working with WRVS through 2013 - the charity’s 75th anniversary year.
Rather than retire from volunteering, WRVS wants to recruit the games makers to join their 40,000 volunteers providing support services to older people that help them to live independently in their home.
WRVS’ current army of volunteers range in age from 14 to 103 years with the average being 64 years old.
The charity is particularly keen to increase the number of young volunteers it has, but would welcome calls from all volunteers, male and female.
Verity Haines, WRVS executive director of marketing and engagement, explained: “The Olympic games makers deserve much praise.
“Their dedication and support has been instrumental in making the games a success and they are testimony to the difference volunteering can make. We would ask all of the games makers to consider continuing to dedicate some of their free time to volunteering and to join WRVS.
“It really is a win-win situation. Volunteering provides a meaningful way of making people feel they belong and connect with their communities but at the same time, they would be playing a vital role helping older people live independently in their own homes for longer.”
A WRVS report published in May found that older people who volunteer are happier and healthier than those who don’t. The study also showed that older people who volunteer are less depressed and have a better quality of life.
All WRVS volunteers are provided with training and support and the charity has just won Investing in Volunteering status (IIV), in recognition of its good practice and volunteer management.
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should call the WRVS on 0845 6014670 or visit www.wrvs.org.uk