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W.V.S Civil defence badge, (Women’s volunteer service) Kings Crown Civic defence badge with pin back.
The Royal Voluntary Service (known as the Women’s Voluntary Services (WVS) from 1938 to 1966; Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) from 1966 to 2004 and WRVS from 2004 to 2013) is a voluntary organisation concerned with helping people in need throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1938 by Stella Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading, as a British women’s organisation to recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) services to help in the event of War.
The WVS was split into 12 Regions (using the same boundaries as the Civil Defence Corps) which started with 1 in the NE of England and moved clockwise down the country and back up. Scotland was Region 11 and London Region 12. Each Region had a Regional Administrator who was paid for by the Home Office. Under this each county had a County Organiser and ‘staff’ and below that were the Centres. During and after the Second World War there were almost 2,000 WVS centres around Great Britain (and in Northern Ireland during the war), each at the sharp end of providing help to their communities. Each was prominently positioned within a town or village and was run by a Centre Organiser appointed by Headquarters in London. Each Centre Organiser had a team of members who were responsible for different aspect of WVS work e.g. evacuation, Training, Food or Clothing. Under their direction were the ‘ordinary’ members.
Upon joining a W.V.S Civil defence badge was issued to each individual.
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