Royal Voluntary Service has been part of the NHS since its inception and we have partnered with HelpForce to scale up the number of volunteers embedded in the NHS. We provide a wide range of services and support in hospitals which free up NHS staff time for patient care. Our thousands of hospital volunteers help improve older people’s experience in hospital, support their recovery and return home and reduce the chance of being re-admitted.
We also run hospital welcome desks and are one of the UK’s largest hospital retailers, with over 230 volunteer-run shops and cafés and trolley services.
Volunteers provide companionship to patients during a hospital stay.
Volunteers provide great customer service on the move, taking trolleys with essentials around hospital wards.
Volunteer support to help older people get back on their feet after a hospital stay.
Royal Voluntary Service runs cafés, shops and trolley services in hospitals across Britain.