Make a dif­fer­ence as RVS vol­un­teer

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

Lunch and so­cial clubs for older peo­ple in La­nark­shire run by Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice are call­ing for more vol­un­teers to help them grow.

The char­ity’s pop­u­lar com­mu­nity-based lunch and so­cial clubs pro­vide reg­u­lar com­pany and con­ver­sa­tion for older peo­ple and are sup­ported by funds raised by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Clubs rely on teams of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who or­gan­ise so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, pre­pare, cook and serve re­fresh­ments, chat with guests and sign­post lo­cal ser­vices for older peo­ple.

Diane Bate, Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tions man­ager for La­nark­shire, said: “Our clubs at­tract many older peo­ple each week who en­joy the food, com­pany and at­mos­phere that our fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers help pro­vide thanks to funds raised by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

“Some of our club users de­scribe them as a life­line which helps stop them feel­ing lonely. We want to be able to at­tract even more older peo­ple along which is why we’re look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help us grow our clubs.

“For any­one with a lit­tle spare time that is look­ing for a way to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, for ex­am­ple peo­ple that are re­cently re­tired, vol­un­teer­ing is hugely re­ward­ing.”

As well as need­ing more vol­un­teers to sup­port ex­ist­ing clubs, Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice is also look­ing for vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tors and lead­ers to set up and run new ac­tiv­i­ties for older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. Whether it’s a lunch club, tai chi class or book group or pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship to older peo­ple in their homes, the char­ity is look­ing for lo­cal peo­ple to put their tal­ents and life ex­pe­ri­ence to valu­able use to help grow a net­work of com­mu­nity groups across Great Bri­tain that im­prove older peo­ple’s lives.

No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as full train­ing is pro­vided. Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice will also pro­vide guid­ance on re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to help, man­ag­ing money and fundrais­ing and on how to run the ac­tiv­ity safely and legally. In re­turn, vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tors can en­joy de­vel­op­ing their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, be­ing part of a team and creating some­thing of last­ing value for their com­mu­nity and the peo­ple in it.

Diane added: “Our vol­un­teers are com­mu­nity he­roes that make a gen­uine dif­fer­ence to the lives of older peo­ple.’’

To find out more con­tact Diane on diane.bate@ roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice. org.uk, call on 07736 825294 or visit www. roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice.org. uk.

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