WVS mobile canteen offers tea to people in a heavily bombed area.
Imperial War Museum negative no. HU687
The ladies of the Women's Voluntary Services worked tirelessly throughout the war to help relieve the hardship suffered as a result of the bombing and shortages all over Britain. If something needed doing, there was always someone willing to do it. In fact their motto was, 'The WVS never say no'. These unpaid workers ran mobile canteens in bombed out areas; delivered water in tankers where the water supply had been damaged; ran knitting circles to knit socks for the soldiers; collected and distributed clothing and household items to those who had lost everything to bomb damage; helped to organise the housing of evacuees and much, much more.
Click here to find out more about the work of the WVS and WI and to find out what Ivy Smith has to say about her work with the WI.