Austerity years bring the return of a ‘make do and mend’ era

Helen Brewster starting up an after-school sewing club at Word of Mouth, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge with thirteen-year-old Abe Sugarman

Helen Brewster starting up an after-school sewing club at Word of Mouth, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge with thirteen-year-old Abe Sugarman

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Years of austerity have led to a resurgence of the ‘make do and mend era’ that the country experienced in the post-war years with skills like preserve making and home brewing enjoying a renaissance.

Originally set up as the Women’s Voluntary Service in 1938, the charity played a crucial role during the Second World War.

While keeping the same values of community service, Royal Voluntary Service has now focused its work on helping older people to remain independent and get more out of life.

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary organisations in Britain with 40,000 men and women helping people.

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