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Royal Voluntary Service Heritage Bulletin Blog - WVS during the Second World War: Care of the Homeless
It’s been a while since we last looked at the early roles of WVS, so this week I thought we would explore the services provided for the homeless. Due to enemy attack and bombing raids during World War II many people were made homeless. The WVS had many solutions to help ease the situation and supplied food, clothing and accommodation to those in need from 1939-1945. There was also assistance provided in the immediate post-war period a WVS began to reshape itself and society. Volunteers were vital in keeping up people’s moral particularly when they were victims of air raids; most of this work took place in rest centres.
Women’s Voluntary Service was vital to the war effort, without it who knows how the development of wartime and immediate post-war British society would have been effected.
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In March 2014 we embarked on an exciting adventure, Voices of Volunteering: 75 Years of Citizenship, an oral history project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It took place over two years collected just over 100 oral histories with the help of Heritage Champions and investigated the hidden history of women and WVS/WRVS (now known as Royal Voluntary Service) from 1938-2013.
As part of this pioneering work we are hoping to use these stories to inspire new generations of women and men to get involved and help older people stay independent and active in their communities. Thus I would like to announce the launch of a new set exciting and innovative school resources focusing on citizenship and volunteering for students age 14 and above.
These resources provide you and your pupils with some very interesting stories and memories to inspire discussion and debate in the classroom around the topics of: why people volunteer, how volunteering has changed, how volunteering improves lives and how it has an impact on volunteers themselves. This is an interactive learning experience including three short videos on Over 60’s Clubs, Hospital Trolley Shops and Meals on Wheels.
There are also lesson plans which motivate students to take citizenship outside the classroom and actively engage in volunteering. The resources are full of inspiring stories, useful information and some hand tips including recipes from the 1950s and 60s. You might even like to have a go at some of them yourself (especially if you love cake). The Swiss Roll which featured in the WVS Bulletin in 1950 is very tasty and easy to make.
We hope you enjoy using our resources in your lessons, please let us know how you have used them in the comments section or by filling in the short survey on the right.
Update we are now Vloging!
.We are now posting vlogs every other month, also find out the latest news and even more about our history in our weekly Heritage Bulletin Blog
Royal Voluntary Service worked with Culture Force, a heritage education consultancy.