More volunteers are needed to provide a vital community service to the Berrigan Shire’s elderly residents.
The Berrigan District Home and Community Support Services is seeking help for its Meals on Wheels service, and is specifically looking for four volunteers to deliver to the Tocumwal area.
Operating for the last 20 year, volunteers co-ordinator Kim Arnold said Meals on Wheels provides hot and frozen meals to elderly residents across the district.
‘‘Its important to help people stay in their own homes and maintain their independence,’’ she said.
‘‘Meals on Wheels also provides a great opportunity for our clients to interact with someone.
‘‘Unfortunately there are many people that won’t have a lot of social contact, so if our volunteers are checking up on a client then it gives everyone peace of mind that they’ll be checked upon.
‘‘We’ve received good feedback from previous volunteers, saying they’ve really gained a lot from helping people.’’
The local service delivers hot meals to Berrigan, Barooga and Tocumwal, but hopes to expand the service to Finley and Jerilderie where residents only receive frozen meals to date.
Hot meals are available seven days a week in Berrigan, five days per weeks in Tocumwal and three days in Barooga.
All meals are prepared at Amaroo and the Tocumwal and Cobram hospitals.
Anyone interested in volunteering for meals on wheels can contact Kim Arnold on 58832044.