Reference HO 207/388
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter welfare work: assistance by Women's Voluntary Service
Former Department Reference O/LR 15/7
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters, Gender and work
Document Types Official Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Greece, Iceland, London, United States of America
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence Service, Civil Nursing Reserve, Local Councils, Red Cross, Women's Voluntary Service
Article(s) from The Bulletin © Royal Voluntary Service.


A file of documents relating to the co-operation of the Women's Voluntary Service (W.V.S.) in air-raid shelter welfare work in the London region. Subjects discussed in the file include food provisions, including shelter canteens, emergency feeding, and the preservation of agricultural produce; the need for more volunteers, including shelter wardens; allowances and training for volunteers; co-operation with other voluntary organisations, including chapters of the Red Cross; childcare provisions, including nurseries; and the distribution of library books in shelters. Other subjects discussed include the distribution of clothing and bedding; the work of the Housewives' Service; the working conditions of volunteers; the status of the W.V.S. in the Civil Defence Service; overseas donations; uniforms for W.V.S. volunteers; a savings campaign; provisions for refugees; and the salvage of materials. Documents in the file include the minutes of meetings of the W.V.S.; and W.V.S. bulletins relating to the organisation's work.


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