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A poster from a collection of Mrs Constance Maillard's papers, appealing for women to join the Women's Voluntary Service. The poster details where to apply and office hours.

The Royal Voluntary Service was known as the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS) from 1938 to 1966, Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) from 1966 to 2004 and simply WRVS from 2004 to 2013. The WVS was founded in 1938 by Stella Isaacs as a British women's organisation to recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) services, but expanded into all aspects of volunteering to help the war effort upon the outbreak of WW2. Services these volunteers provided included making arrangements for evacuees, staff for hostels, clubs, sick bays and communal feeding centres, and providing transport for hospital patients. It is said that at the outbreak of the war there were already 300,000 volunteers, which soon rose to over one million.

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