Royal Voluntary Service launches national lockdown activity
programme for older people
Older people looking to beat the boredom of isolation are invited to visit the Virtual Village
Hall, a new programme of online activities to join in with at home.
Designed by Royal Voluntary Service, the national charity, the Virtual Village Hall
(royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/VVH) is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and
features themed video sessions led by expert tutors, TV and radio personalities, and Royal
Voluntary Service activity co-ordinators and volunteers. Live and pre-recorded sessions take
place daily and include exercise and dance, music and singing, relaxation and meditation,
arts and crafts, cooking and baking, technology skills, gardening and more. New sessions
are added regularly.
Some sessions include downloadable guides to print and share and there are links to official
government guidelines and Covid 19 information.
The charity’s hundreds of social clubs and groups, all organised by volunteers, are unable to
meet during this time so the Virtual Village Hall programme is designed to bring people
together to enjoy activities at the same time, to keep active and interested, and to have fun.
Thousands of people are taking part in Virtual Village Hall activities in their own homes and
in care homes.
Royal Voluntary Service has marked two special events at the Virtual Village Hall. On VE
Day, there was a live singalong of wartime songs, a jive dance class and a 1940s hairstyle
tutorial. To mark the start of Volunteers’ Week on 1st June, VIPs and performers came online
to thank volunteers across Great Britain for the time they give to help others.
The charity’s President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall gave personal thanks
to volunteers, and there were messages of support, films by volunteers and performances
from Royal Voluntary Service Ambassador Elaine Paige OBE, Michael and Jowita, the
2020 winners of TV show The Greatest Dancer, London Contemporary Voices choir, and
Anne Denholm, Official Harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales from 2015-
2019. All are available to watch.
The Virtual Village Hall is available via the Royal Voluntary Service website, on
Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/virtualvillagehall and on the Virtual Village Hall