In celebration of National Meals on Wheels Week from 6-10 November 2017 the Community Support Services team at Elmbridge Borough Council are delighted to announce that residents have been benefiting from the service for over 40 years.
Each week, almost 1,000 community meals are delivered to older and vulnerable people across the Borough, keeping them independent and living in their own homes. Residents can enjoy a breakfast, lunch and teatime service, 365 days a year. Meals are freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced and delivered by a team of dedicated volunteers. For many people, the daily meals service provides a lifeline to the local community through regular social interaction. This contact is vital for someone that might not see anyone else during the day.
Councillor Mrs Ruth Lyon the Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs commented: “The Meals on Wheels Service plays an important part in enabling someone to stay independent at home. Family members can be reassured that the meals are good quality and the volunteers delivering them are dedicated and passionate about the service they provide”.
The service is more than just a meal for residents, as volunteers keep a friendly eye on the wellbeing of their ‘customers’. Catherine, a volunteer driver says: “I feel good volunteering; I get to give back to the community. When I volunteer it supports my local Centre and the Meals on Wheels service really helps people”.
If someone you know would benefit from a community meals service, you can:
Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer your time as a Meals on Wheels driver please call contact our Voluntary Support Services Manager on 01372 474 537.