1.3 million new volunteers step forward in the past year

Research commissioned by Royal Voluntary Service and authored by Dr Justin Davis-Smith CBE, Nick Ockenden and Dr Helen Timbrell suggests that the equivalent of 1.3 million new volunteers stepped forward for the first time in the past year, with social issues such as community cuts, concern for older people and disconnection from communities being significant motivators

Volunteering helps to make our communities healthier and happier, but also delivers significant wellbeing benefits for the individuals who volunteer.  However, if we are to make the most of the huge opportunities and health benefits that volunteering can offer, employers, charities and community organisations need to make volunteering more accessible and flexible.

Legal & General employees are supporting the Royal Voluntary Services volunteering campaign, by taking their hospital trolley services around the wards at local hospitals, in Hove, Cardiff and Solihull  once a week.    It’s more than just a trolley service to the patients and nurses; the volunteers bring a smile to the wards which brightens up everyone's day!

 

Read the report to find out more  (the report is attached below).

 

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