How does volunteering keep me active?  

Staying active, especially if you live with a long term health condition has proved to have very positive effect on health and wellbeing. For almost all conditions, physical activity is incredibly important for how you manage your health and how you feel.

Getting active doesn’t need to be about joining a local gym, or running a 10k. A wonderful way to keep active is to volunteer.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have told us that 90% of them felt happier since they started volunteering, and 68% felt physically and mentally healthier.

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What volunteering can I do?

At Royal Voluntary Service, we have a whole host of volunteering opportunities available that can match your ability, talents and interests. And what’s more, volunteering is flexible so you can give as much or as little time as you want so it can easily fit in to your daily life and routines.

We’re here to help you find the role that suits you, from becoming a community companion to helping out on one of our well-loved hospital trolley rounds, to getting involved at one of our Lunch Clubs to running an activity session. You can even start something new in your local community.

If you are unsure about doing more physical activity, always consult your doctor.

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"Volunteering gives you a purpose to get up and get organised. I look forward to it. It’s become a way of life."
Angela, Vintage Tea Room volunteer, West Sussex
Angela was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) nearly 10 years ago. Unable to work, volunteering has had a huge impact on Angela’s health and wellbeing – as well as giving her a focus for her day, she sleeps better at night and feels happier and more fulfilled.
"You can help brighten someone’s day and get immense personal satisfaction in the process."
Arthur, Trolley Service volunteer, Frimley Park Hospital
Arthur and wife Jill have been volunteering together for over 8 years, as a shared experience and great way to stay active and fit.

Featured opportunities

Hospital Trolleys

Our much-loved trolley services deliver newspapers and magazines, snacks and drinks to hospital wards across Great Britain. Increase your steps and put a smile on patients’ faces at the same time.

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Lunch Clubs
For people who live alone mealtimes can sometimes be lonely, becoming a Lunch Club volunteer not only keeps you active but is a great way to meet new people.
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Home from Hospitals
Get out and about in the community helping people to get back on their feet after a stay in hospital, regain their independence and reduce their chance of being readmitted.
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Royal Voluntary Service is proud to be one of the 16 charities that have come together to launch the #WeAreUndefeatable campaign inspiring people with long term conditions to live an active life.