Last call for volunteering nominations

13 September 2013

Nominations to the Royal Voluntary Service's Diamond Champion Awards, sponsored by McCarthy & Stone and supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in her capacity as President of the charity, is due to close this Sunday 15 September.

The aim of the awards is to recognise the many older volunteers across the country who do amazing, but often under-recognised, work helping others in the community.

So make sure your Diamond Champion is in with a chance! Nominations can be made at

Felicity on volunteering

Felicity Kendal is an ambassador for the Royal Voluntary Service and is passionate about her work for them.

‘What they do for the elderly is such a vital service,’ she says. ‘Our society is changing; we’re losing the support of extended family and the community spirit that existed in the past. A lot of older people get very lonely. Sadly, attitudes are changing too; we need to show more kindness and consideration to others.’

The RVS helps enrich the lives of older people and their families with the support of their volunteers. Felicity has helped out with meal deliveries and visits. ‘I’ve met some extraordinary volunteers who feel so satisfied through the help they give, so everyone benefits. It’s not money you’re giving, but your time, which is worth so much. Anyone can be a volunteer; you can give as little or as much time as you can. I think we should all try to give a little back.’

Want to try volunteering? Contact the RVS on 0845 608 0122 or go to

(Article photo: Felicity Kendal talks to Kate Corr and Julia Shaw in the Autumn issue of Life & Living)

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