WRVS changes name to Royal Voluntary Service

The older people's charity says the change is to make clear that it does not only support and work with female volunteers

The new logo of Royal Voluntary Service
The new logo of Royal Voluntary Service

The older people’s charity Women's Royal Voluntary Service has changed its name to Royal Voluntary Service.

The WRVS has confirmed that it has dropped the "Women’s" from its name and has a new strapline "together for older people".

The announcement, which coincides with the charity’s 75th anniversary, comes after reports that that the charity intended to change its name and drop the word "women".

David McCullough, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said he hoped the name change would make it clear that the charity did not only support and work with female volunteers.

"I’m really proud of the fact that since we were founded 75 years ago as  Women’s Voluntary Services, we have inspired volunteers to meet the main social challenges of the time and today we’re doing exactly the same: as the state contracts and the number of older people grow, we are able to provide a solution through our volunteers who want to make a positive difference to the lives of the older people they support," said McCullough.

Although the charity completed its rebrand today, it said that its formal name change from WRVS to Royal Voluntary Service will officially take place with Companies House on Wednesday.

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