Royal Voluntary Service
Royal Voluntary Service provides practical help and support to older people so that they can live safely and independently at home and stay connected to their communities. There are 35,000 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers across Great Britain, helping around 100,000 older people.
One million older people living in our communities today say that they are always or often lonely. Research has shown that overcoming loneliness and isolation is the most important aspect in improving quality of life for older people and maximising opportunities for social contact boosts well-being and can reduce the need for formal health and social care interventions.
Support received from players of People's Postcode Lottery is helping Royal Voluntary Service to provide schemes like Good Neighbours across the country. Good Neighbours schemes recruit, train and support volunteers to provide company and friendship to older people, helping to reduce the isolation that many older people experience. As well as being a companion, our volunteers support older people to continue to take part in the activities they've always enjoyed, for example by helping them to get to clubs or visit friends.
Good Neighbours volunteers also help people to continue living independently in their own homes, providing practical help and support. The support offered is tailored to meet the needs of each older person but can include things like giving a lift to GP appointments, picking up shopping and helping with simple household tasks like changing light bulbs.
You can help Royal Voluntary Service support older people to get the best from life. For more information, visit their website www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk. To help support their work, sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery.