Why not make volunteering your New Year’s resolution for 2019?

Have you ever thought about volunteering, but never found the right time to start? With January being the perfect time for New Year’s resolutions, make volunteering a plan you commit to this year.

The Community Support Services team at Elmbridge Borough Council are currently looking for volunteers to support the Meals on Wheels service across the Centres for the Community. Each week, volunteer drivers deliver almost 1,000 meals across the Borough to older and vulnerable residents. A standard delivery round only takes a couple of hours and each volunteering role is flexible, fitting in with personal commitments and lifestyle.

The Meals on Wheels service is a life-line for so many residents and more than a meal; a visit from the volunteer is vital for someone that might not see anyone else during the day.

Trish, a dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 20 years says: “I just love volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver. Each time I volunteer I feel like I am giving back to the community. The residents are always so pleased to see me, which makes me feel appreciated in my role”.

If volunteering for Meals on Wheels isn’t what you’re looking for, the Centres have a variety of opportunities that can work around your schedule. Roles range from volunteering in the tea bar and leading arts and crafts activities; to providing support to people with learning disabilities or memory loss.

Councillor Andrew Burley the Portfolio Holder for Community & Social Affairs notes: “We are so grateful to the volunteers that dedicate their time each week to supporting the local community. Every person plays a fundamental role in keeping our services running. If you’re thinking of volunteering, make 2019 the year you join our team”.

To find a volunteering opportunity that suits you, please visit our volunteering webpage, or alternatively speak to the Voluntary and Support Services Manger on 01372 474 552.

Date published: 21 January 2019

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