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An article reporting that a Cardiff MP will ask questions in the House of Commons about the number of requests for second-hand clothing made to the Women’s Voluntary Services, and re-employment arrangements for redundant workers.

Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions (ARP), Royal Voluntary Service (as it is now known) is the largest volunteering organisation in British history. It was initially formed to help recruit women into the ARP movement assisting civilians during and after air raids by providing emergency rest centres, feeding, first aid, and perhaps most famously assisting with the evacuation and billeting of children.

By 1943 the organisation had over one million volunteers and was involved in almost every aspect of wartime life from the collection of salvage to the knitting of socks and gloves for merchant seamen. After the war it transformed to become a leading organisation in the field of social care, pioneering the practices that formed the cornerstone of modern social services.

In 1966 it became the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service. It became an independent registered charity in 1992 and in 2004 changed its name once more to simply WRVS. In 2013, it became Royal Voluntary Service. It is “now a major service provider giving practical help, particularly for older people, to enable choice, independence and dignity so people can enjoy an improved quality of life - all with the help of around 35,000 volunteers”.

Source:, accessed 9 April 2017.


Cardiff M.P. To Question Minister

In the House of Commons on Monday, Mr George Thomas (Lab, Cardiff W.) will ask the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance, what is the number of recipients of the National Assistance in Cardiff who have been directed during the past year by his department to seek second-hand clothing from the Women's Voluntary Service.

On the following day he will ask the Minister of Labour, what arrangements he has made for the re-employment of skilled and unskilled workers now being made redundant due to the closure of the Hopkinsons Electrical Company's factory at Cardiff.

From Microform, Local Studies, Cardiff Library.
Image created by The British Library Board.
Copyright: Media Wales.

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