Volunteering - meals on wheels

Volunteering

We have around 500 active volunteers who give their time to make Elmbridge a better place to live. Why don't you come and join and make a big difference to your local community.

What can you do

If you have ever thought about volunteering but haven’t got the time, think again.

You can volunteer for as little as two hours per month. There are opportunities to work week days or weekends. Volunteers can help the whole community, including socially isolated or disabled people, all of whom need support. Volunteering makes a difference to people’s lives and as a volunteer, you gain by making new friends and possibly even learn new skills. Community Support Services help the local community, and feedback from our current volunteers tell us that this the main reason they volunteer.

Where you can volunteer

We have seven centres for the community located around the borough (Walton, Weybridge, Hersham, Claygate, Cobham, Molesey and Thames Ditton). We have a Relief Care Scheme, run a transport service and we deliver over 50,000 meals on wheels a year. You can choose to volunteer for one role or, to make your volunteering experience more varied, you could volunteer for several roles or at more than one centre for the community.

Some of the volunteering roles are:

Please see the current list of vacancies

Meals on wheels volunteering

The meals on wheels service delivers about 1,200 meals a week to older vulnerable and disabled people in the community. The meals are delivered by dedicated volunteers who really make a difference to the lives of others.

A mileage rate is paid to cover petrol costs. Each round takes approximately 1 to 2 hours at weekends and approximately 1½ hours on weekdays. Meals on wheels is more than delivering a hot meal, it can provide the only contact with the outside world the recipient has during the day. 

Our research has shown that our clients highly value this service. Even if you cannot drive, we are always looking for escorts to assist the drivers with the delivery of the meals.

What you can expect from us

You will be offered an informal interview, this will take place in the location where you have indicated that you would like to volunteer. Our staff will support you with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application if this is relevant to the role you will be taking up. Following the interview and after receipt of satisfactory references and the information from the DBS check, you will be offered an induction at the relevant place of volunteering. Ongoing support is given to all our volunteers.

If you are interested in any of the volunteering opportunities listed above, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator or phone 01372 474552.

Elmbridge volunteering awards 2016

The first Elmbridge Long Service Volunteer Awards, organised by Elmbridge Borough Council and Volunteer Centre Elmbridge, were held on 18 October 2016 to celebrate and recognise the incredible support that volunteers contribute to the Elmbridge community. The celebration event was held at Elmbridge Borough Council, where nominated volunteers mingled with their fellow nominees and guests before the ceremony.

The awards were presented by The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Elmbridge, Councillor Tannia Shipley, who congratulated all 41 nominees and expressed her appreciation, on behalf of the Borough of Elmbridge, to all of the volunteers nominated and thanked them for their priceless contribution to our community. Melanie Bussicott, Head of Community Support Services (Elmbridge Borough Council) and Claire Dewsbury, Volunteer Manger (Volunteer Centre Elmbridge) read out the citations, highlighting the many invaluable contributions made by the nominees at a special ceremony. You can view photos from the evening on the Voluntary Action Elmbridgewebsite.

The event was kindly sponsored by Councillor Margaret Hicks who provided funds for the Awards.

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