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Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions. Our services have evolved into providing practical help for older people in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth, to enable choice, independence and dignity so people can enjoy an improved quality of life - all with the help of around 2,000 volunteers.

We work with older people who are vulnerable and isolated or in danger of becoming isolated from their local community. We recruit and train volunteers to deliver a wide range of services, identified by older people as something they would like/need such as befriending support, running small errands, accompanied walks, lunch clubs, social clubs and Home Library Service (HLS).

We have a superb support network of fundraisers who bake, knit, sew, craft and donate items to RVS which are then sold at local businesses, Tourist Information Centre, market stalls and other events to raise funds for our befriending and other non-commissioned services. These generous contributions assist us in making our services sustainable, which means we can continue to deliver support to older people and to reach a wider network of people in danger of becoming socially isolated. You may well have seen our famous penguins on display at a local library, on Facebook and at RVS events around Dorset. Knitting patterns are available from the office.

Poole Home Library Service

All Libraries in Poole have a team of dedicated Royal Voluntary Service volunteers who are able to visit on a regular basis, delivering the books you want from the Library to your home, free of charge. Large print books and talking books (on CD or Memory Stick) can also be delivered.

This service is funded by Poole Library Service, and delivered by the Royal Voluntary Service. It is available to anyone who cannot easily get to their local library, and can be provided on a temporary basis as well as long term.

All Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are DBS checked and receive ongoing training and support.

If you are interested in finding out more about any aspect of the RVS and its work, please contact the local office on 01305 236666.

If you are interested in the Home Library Service please contact Maria Jacobson, RVS Service Manager Dorset Home Library Service, tel. 01305 236666 or e-mail maria.jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
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