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Volunteering With Meals on Wheels

By: Lynne Conner - Updated: 11 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Community Volunteer Meals On Wheels

A great way to get involved with your local community and support vulnerable members is to volunteer to help with meals on wheels. This service provides healthy meals for those who may not otherwise enjoy a properly cooked meal. You can volunteer for just a couple of hours a week or for longer if you wish. You will join a team that is supporting the elderly and others in your local community.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer to help out with the service. Contact your local authority or Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) as these are the main providers of meals on wheels services. If you have a driving licence you will be especially welcome as drivers are in particular demand. A vehicle may be provided but it is more usual for you to use your own vehicle.

Who uses the service?

Another valuable asset could be cookery skills but it is most important that you are calm, patient and able to get along with a wide range of people. In addition to the elderly other users of meals on wheels services include disabled people, people with learning difficulties and people in recovery from accidents or hospital treatment. You will gain the satisfaction of making a difference to their day by providing them with a nutritious meal. You may also be their only visitor that day and so can provide companionship as well which may be every bit as much valued as the food.

How does the service work?

Food is usually prepared at a central point and you will go there to collect it. This may be a local school or similar public establishment. Meals may be hot or frozen for those who are able to warm meals up. Individuals will have signed agreements with their local authority or other service provider and this will cover how often they receive a meal and whether the meal is heated or frozen. In many cases hot meals are only provided for those who are housebound and unable to operate an oven to heat a meal for themselves.

In most cases there is a nominal charge for the meals and part of your role as a volunteer could be to collect such payments. Meals cater for a wide variety of tastes and dietary requirements and there will usually be options including gluten-free, vegetarian and halal or other options to meet specific religious requirements.

Is there more to the role?

As you are dealing with some of your community’s most vulnerable members an important part of your role will be to pass the time of day with each client and to listen to see whether they have any personal worries or concerns. If you take on the role regularly then you will develop a relationship with the people you visit. This could be one of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering with meals on wheels.

Deliveries may vary from two or three times a week to seven days a week depending on availability and need. You should be able to volunteer for as many or as few days as is convenient provided you can commit to a regular time slot. With such a vital service it is important to be reliable to ensure that vulnerable members of community receive the nutrition they need.

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I also worked within a old people home and sang songs with them play games listen to them talk to them. Also helped them with there meals look after then. Just like I look after my dad who 83 years old. I love to help out for a few hours 3 times a week and help out some weekends. As I have to look after my dad also. I have a clean driving licence and also tranport. Love in the east London area. Please get back to me. Thank you
lady g - 11-Jan-17 @ 5:44 PM
07957081363 any help need to drop off warm meal on Christmas day I'd like to offer myself to volunteer from 11am -4pm. Or serving at a meal club.Please get in touch
Aaron - 15-Dec-16 @ 10:36 AM
Hi, I'm from Birmingham, kingstanding and would like to volunteer to help delivering meals over Christmas available from 10am till 7pm.
Phil - 12-Dec-16 @ 9:20 AM
I would like to offer to be a volunteer delivering hot meals on wheels Christmas day from 11am - 4pm rochdale and oldham area. Or wherever we can help
Aaron - 6-Dec-16 @ 10:10 PM
I am an ex teacher, now retired who is fortunate to have a good home and pension. I realise there are many who have neither and would like to offer some help.
Bods - 17-Nov-16 @ 9:28 PM
My heart goes when I see people without food. I always want to help people get some hot food. I will be so glad to use my vehicle and distribute food for anyone who is hungry and helpless
Rosh - 27-Sep-16 @ 7:48 AM
I am interested in meals on wheels. I live in Wakefield/Castleford area and am struggling to find any info. Wouls appreciate any suggestions. Thank you
Denise - 24-Jul-16 @ 6:23 PM
Good evening If you require any drivers then I can assist most evenings and weekends Kind regards KG
KG - 6-May-16 @ 4:40 PM
paris - Your Question:
I love to work within this work force divliverly meals as I have a full driving licence and is very clean. I like if it can be in london is self. I worked within a home with old people and I really got on with them. It was when I was young. I cooked meals and play games, singing, reading, feeding some of them. Clening washing up. Talking to them and listening to what they say. I in joyed doing that. I do now look after my mum and dad when they need me. And what makes it easy is I driving. So I much intrested in working with meals on wheels

Our Response:
Sounds like it's something you'd be great at! Try The RVS volunteering page for opportunities.
VoluntaryWorker - 27-Apr-16 @ 11:38 AM
I love to work within this work force divliverly meals as I have a full driving licence and is very clean. I like if it can be in london is self. I worked within a home with old people and I really got on with them. It was when I was young. I cooked meals and play games, singing, reading, feeding some of them. Clening washing up. Talking to them and listening to what they say. I in joyed doing that. I do now look after my mum and dad when they need me. And what makes it easy is I driving. So I much intrested in working with meals on wheels
paris - 26-Apr-16 @ 11:54 AM
I wish to enroll myself on helping elders in their precipative homes.I am a university student(university of Zululand).during my holiday I want to spend my time with old people helping them with everything they wants.
BHANYA - 1-Mar-16 @ 3:35 PM
Col - Your Question:
I'd like to volunteer I have done for a few places but they never get back in touch , please can I help some where delivering meals ?? In the hackney area / east London

Our Response:
Have you tried your localRVS ?
VoluntaryWorker - 1-Feb-16 @ 12:53 PM
I'd like to volunteer I have done for a few places but they never get back in touch , please can I help some where delivering meals ?? In the hackney area / east London
Col - 29-Jan-16 @ 7:29 PM
I would like to volunteer, on Christmas Day any way I can. I am in the Rochdale area and will be Available all day from 11am -7pm. My num is 07957081363
Aaronking - 19-Dec-15 @ 4:02 PM
nikki - Your Question:
My husband & I would be happy to help Christmas day - our grown up children are with us on Boxing day.We have a car if deliveries needed.Or happy to prep food early if that would help.If references needed I volunteer at local church shop & cafe - the Well in Kibworth.If you wish to call my telephone number is 0116 279 38998.

Our Response:
Here are some Leicester based organisations to try:
Action Homeless Leicester
The Bridge Leicester
Voluntary Action Leicester
VoluntaryWorker - 11-Dec-15 @ 12:45 PM
My husband & I would be happy to help Christmas day - our grown up children are with us on Boxing day.We have a car if deliveries needed.Or happy to prep food early if that would help.If references needed I volunteer at local church shop & cafe - the Well in Kibworth.
nikki - 10-Dec-15 @ 7:36 PM
Gavin - Your Question:
Can I help you for a few hours Christmas morning this year driving licence own car if helps can do morning as wish to spend the rest of the day with family own car available I would like to give something back harrow area

Our Response:
The London area is an easy to find place homeless action groups simply by searching on the internet. However, we have some specific results from an answer to a previous post:
North London Action for the Homeless
St Saviour's Priory
The Pavement
St Mungos Broadway
VoluntaryWorker - 7-Dec-15 @ 11:52 AM
Can I help you for a few hours Christmas morning this year driving licence own car if helps can do morning as wish to spend the rest of the day with family own car available I would like to give something back harrow area
Gavin - 5-Dec-15 @ 4:05 AM
I would like to offer my time for the elderly and homeless in Milton Keynes. I would be grateful if you could point me in the right direction...Thank you and God bless x
naina - 3-Dec-15 @ 2:12 PM
I would like to volunteer in the Ilkeston Derbyshire area, maybe meals on wheels. Who would I contact for this? Also volunteer over Christmas somewhere that helps vulnerable people, homeless/elderly/children maybe donating food parcels or offering my time!
Zoe - 21-Nov-15 @ 12:50 PM
Myself and my husband would like to volunteer as meals on wheels drivers together in the cardiff area We are both DBS enhancers checked I am a qualified social worker my husband works in a school Please could you signpost us to an agency where we could help? Many thanks
Cymru41 - 19-Nov-15 @ 10:07 PM
I would like to know were in the wirral i can help with meals on wheels homeles people hostels ect my number is 07594245275
Tony - 10-Nov-15 @ 5:44 PM
@Emma Lou - Good for you. Why not try the Berkshire RVS. Check out their volunteer page here.
VoluntaryWorker - 22-Sep-14 @ 12:10 PM
@Alice. Start with this page on the Surrey county council website. There is a list of telephone numbers for the various community meals locations in Surrey
VoluntaryWorker - 19-Sep-14 @ 12:49 PM
Hi, I would like to volunteer with preparing or delivering meals and helping people in my local community in Reading, Berkshire - who should I contact?
Emmalou - 19-Sep-14 @ 6:39 AM
I cook, I can drive, I have a car and I would love to volunteer in the Twickenham/Richmond/Surrey area. Who should I call?
Alice - 18-Sep-14 @ 2:03 PM
@Dizzie. We hope you find some way to help. You could trycontacting the local wrvs. Southlanarkshire.pm@wrvs.org.uk Phone:01355 224579.
VoluntaryWorker - 1-Sep-14 @ 11:57 AM
@NcheNoo. That's great, you should try contacting: Leicestershire Council meals on wheels on 0116 454 1004 OR Voluntary Action Leicestershire - on 0116 257 5050 or email helpline@valonline.org.uk
VoluntaryWorker - 1-Sep-14 @ 11:44 AM
I have a lot of free time and a car. I'd love to volunteer in the South Lanarkshire area.
Dizzie - 29-Aug-14 @ 4:43 PM
Hi Iive in the Leicester Beaumont Leys area and I would like to volunteer some of my time. Nisha Green :)
NcheNoo - 29-Aug-14 @ 4:20 PM
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