Creating cohesive and healthy communities is ingrained in Lifestory’s DNA. Committed to investing in the local neighbourhoods surrounding Lifestory communities, Lifestory has partnered with Royal Voluntary Service and signed up to deliver up to 4,000 volunteer hours this year.
Mark Dickinson, Chief Executive of Lifestory said: “The arrival of the pandemic made us all rethink how we live and reinforced the importance of giving back to our communities. Royal Voluntary Service is one of the oldest national charities built on local volunteering that provides vital support to the people that need it most, both in hospitals and within the wider community, a perfect fit for us and our footprint.’’
As part of the delivery programme, Lifestory will appoint regional Community Champions to encourage maximum volunteer time through a series of fundraising activities and events.
Sam Ward, Director of Services/Deputy CEO at Royal Voluntary Service said: “We are looking forward to working with Lifestory as a partner to deliver valuable work in their local communities. It’s always refreshing to work in collaboration with an organisation that shares similar values to Royal Voluntary Service, and see real commitment to delivering a positive legacy.’’
Esther Hunting, Regional Head of Customer Operations and Emily Nesbitt, Regional Marketing Director are two Lifestory team members who have already started volunteering their time as NHS Volunteer Responders. They both explained: “We thought giving back some of our time through volunteering would really support the communities around our Lifestory homes at time where the whole nation was in need. We both work full-time and enjoy the fact that we have the flexibility to volunteer our free time with no obligation.’’
To kickstart the fundraising program, Lifestory will be hosting a Virtual Big Quiz across the organisation and a series of Vintage Tea Parties across their communities in July.
For more information about Royal Voluntary Service, visit https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/