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Volunteering With Meals on Wheels

By: Lynne Conner - Updated: 8 Aug 2020 | 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 would like to volunteer for meals on wheels. I have a driving licence and live in Longridge
Jenn - 8-Aug-20 @ 9:33 PM
Iam very interested to help with meals on wheels for my local community of Congleton,Somerford,Holmes Chapel,Cheshire East areas.It would be great to hear from somebody with any information.I've helped with meals on wheels when I lived in Trafford. Kind Regards Richard Glester.
Rich - 28-Jul-20 @ 8:19 PM
I would like volunteer my services to deliver meals on wheels the Slough area, I have a basic DBS, car and motorcycle
Kev - 8-Jun-20 @ 9:28 PM
I would like tobecome a volunteer in colne lancashire .I have every Tuesday off work so would like to help in any way I can
Angieb - 8-Jun-20 @ 9:21 PM
I would like to volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
Angie - 8-Jun-20 @ 4:22 PM
Happy to help in my local area once or twice a week. Needs to be regular so I can block out my calendar as I run a business and very calendar-driven. :) Live in postcode 4075 in Australia.
Donizen - 4-Jun-20 @ 12:58 PM
Would like to volunteer for meals on wheels. I am very passionate to serve/help elderly men an women.
Tom - 4-Jun-20 @ 8:17 AM
I would litto volunteer to work for meals on wheels on a regular basis Regards, John Stagg 0402374978
Young Stagg - 4-Jun-20 @ 12:24 AM
Hi. I would like to volunteer for meals on wheels.
Claire - 2-Jun-20 @ 9:39 PM
I would like to volunteer for Meals On Wheels!
Cheri - 1-Jun-20 @ 11:44 AM
Hello, My children(18 yr old Olivia and 16 yr old River) and possibly my husband would like to volunteer a couple days a week to deliver meals. My husband, my daughter and I work full time so I was hoping for in the evening or on weekends is you have anything available. We are in the Gloucester City Camden County area. Please let me know if this schedule will work. Thank you, Lori Atkinson
Lor - 28-May-20 @ 3:07 PM
Hello, Where do I sign up to volunteer please I don’t mind volunteering anywhere in Hampshire.
Ben - 27-Apr-20 @ 8:32 AM
I have recently been furloughed from my job as a legal secretary and was wondering whether at this difficult time you needed any volunteers
Lesley - 23-Apr-20 @ 1:40 PM
I would like volunteer my services to deliver meals on wheels the Woking area. I am 70 years of age fit and healthy
M - 19-Apr-20 @ 7:37 PM
Hi, do you need any volunteers for the Andover area for meals on wheels?
Julie - 14-Apr-20 @ 4:31 PM
I live in St Neots and have a takeaway business. Would like to volunteer for meals on wheels.
Norma - 8-Apr-20 @ 5:57 PM
I am willing to volunteer to help out with meals on wheels as I heard on the radio you were struggling as the usual volunteers are over 70 years old and now have to stay home.
Licky - 7-Apr-20 @ 11:37 PM
Is there any way I can help out - I have my DBS as I work in a school - full driving license.
Elizabeth - 7-Apr-20 @ 10:11 AM
Hi I live in Trentham looking to volunteer to deliver meals on wheels
Suzie - 3-Apr-20 @ 4:53 PM
Hi I live in Newcastle under Lyme I would like to volunteer for a driver I have a clean licence please email me
Dave - 3-Apr-20 @ 9:47 AM
Hi, I looking to see if I could volunteer to help the elderly in my area whether it be meals on wheels or in a care home setting.
Jess - 3-Apr-20 @ 8:39 AM
Hi am a nutritionist and live in Bolton. I would like to volunteer in anyway I can. I have own car. Thanks
Sabina - 2-Apr-20 @ 5:54 PM
I live near Northampton, have a car and would like to volunteer to deliver meals at this difficult time. Marion
Marion - 1-Apr-20 @ 11:45 AM
Hi I live in Birmingham, south of the City ( B13) and have a car and working from home and would like to help. I have a car and full clean driving licence.
Kate - 30-Mar-20 @ 8:23 AM
I like in somerton somerset and would like to do volunteering work.
Boots - 30-Mar-20 @ 8:21 AM
Hi, I am a teacher who is now currently working from home, I have my own car and would like to deliver meals during this difficult period in the Gateshead area.
Jo - 26-Mar-20 @ 1:18 PM
I would like to help in any way I can I drive
Main - 26-Mar-20 @ 10:41 AM
I would like to volunteer , I have my own car and lots of time available to help my phone number is 07970 943648
Maggy - 24-Mar-20 @ 7:42 PM
I am free to volunteer in any role you might be needing to fill in North Leeds area.
Vanesa - 24-Mar-20 @ 8:07 AM
Interested in helping with deliveries in Welwyn Garden City or around
Liz - 23-Mar-20 @ 1:46 PM
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