Community responds to appeal for Meals on Wheels Volunteers

MEALS on Wheels volunteer Anne Mewett and coordinator Jennifer Preece
General
Friday, 10 February 2012
TWENTY volunteers have stepped up to help the Meals on Wheels service in Portland, following an appeal in the Portland Observer.

Meals on Wheels coordinator Jennifer Preece said there had been a terrific response to the plea.
The recruits include new volunteers and several returning to the service after an extended break.
However, the service could still benefit from more support.
Mrs Preece had called for more people to help out over the holiday period to cover the retirement of some existing volunteers and others who had gone on holidays, and to help spread the burden on remaining volunteers.
“The response has been wonderful,” Mrs Preece said.
“We’ve had people who had stopped two or three years ago who will come back to help, and several new faces as well.”
Mrs Preece said the recruitment had boosted numbers to almost 40 and eased the pressure on existing volunteers.
“However, we will take as many as come in. Many of our volunteers are pensioners and because they supply their own cars and time we like to spread the responsibility as widely
as possible.”
“We could still use another 20 people,” she said. PDH delivers the service on a contract basis for the Glenelg Shire Council. Mrs Preece said the Meals on Wheels program serviced many clients, and the shire and PDH worked together closely.
There are up to 220 meals delivered each week on a rounds system. Each round takes up to an hour.
PDH chief executive officer John O’Neill said Meals on Wheels was a terrific program that gave people nutritious meals, friendly contact and helped them to stay living in their homes. He encouraged anyone able to volunteer to support the local service.
Meals on Wheels is a Glenelg Shire Council facilitated initiative, as part of the Home andCommunity Care program.
The HACC program is a joint Commonwealth and state program providing funding and assistance to Australians in need.
People wishing to help can contact Mrs Preece
on 5521 0330 or email jpreece.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au

STORY By Portland Observer, Picture by Kirsty Hill


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