Royal Voluntary Service reports a post-Olympic volunteer boost

The Royal Voluntary Service, previously WRVS, has seen a marked increase in the number of new enquiries to its volunteer hotline since the London 2012 Olympics.

And, a year on from the Games, is calling on more people to join its ranks and volunteer to help older people live happy, independent lives.

The older people’s charity saw a real increase in interest in volunteering during and immediately after the Games.

In the month of August 2012 there were 1,344 enquiries, more than double the number in the same month the previous year (661, August 2011).

This interest has been sustained in the year following the Olympics; since August 2012 the average number of new volunteer enquiries per month was 1,020 and this compares to 712 per month for the same period the year before.

Royal Voluntary Service is calling on people to keep the Olympic legacy alive by joining their 40,000 volunteers providing support services to older people that help them to live independently in their home.

David McCullough, chief executive, said: “The dedication and enthusiasm of the Olympic Games Makers were instrumental in making the Games the huge success that they were and they are testimony to the difference volunteering can make. We want to urge the nation to keep the Olympic spirit alive by dedicating some of their free time to volunteering and to join the Royal Voluntary Service.

“Volunteering is really a win-win situation. It provides a meaningful way of making people feel they belong and connect with their communities but at the same time, volunteers play a vital role helping older people live independently in their own homes for longer.”

Royal Voluntary Service’s current army of volunteers ranges in age from 14-103 years old with the average being 64 years old. The charity would welcome calls from all potential volunteers.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should call the Royal Voluntary Service on 0845 601 4670 or go to www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk