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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Report finds volunteering for Meals on Wheels the key to wellbeing

A newly released report has enabled a greater understanding of the impact volunteering has on wellbeing, ahead of National Meals on Wheels Day on Wednesday August 31st.

The report by Huber Social measured the social impact of Meals on Wheels and the importance of meaningful customer and volunteer connection, further highlighting the life-changing and irreplaceable role its over 45,000 volunteers make to the lives of vulnerable, older Australians everyday

President of Meals on Wheels Australia, Sharyn Broer says volunteers are the driving force of Meals on Wheels and without their significant and valuable contribution, Meals on Wheels wouldn’t be able to deliver on its mission of enabling wellness, connection, and independence.

“Volunteer involvement is crucial to the wellbeing of the people we serve. Findings from Huber Social’s national study show just how much impact these caring people have on the lives of the people we support, as well as what they get back themselves,” Mrs Broer says.

“For almost 70 years, we have been delivering nourishing meals to the home, but the benefits of Meals on Wheels go beyond the meal itself, helping older Australians remain socially engaged and connected to their community. We have great food, and we have great people.”

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels President Phil Armstrong also says it’s not just the customers who benefit from Meals on Wheels.

“Our service enables both vulnerable Australians and volunteers to remain connected to their communities at a time where it is needed most.”

“We often hear of the impact our service makes to the people we serve, but meaningful volunteering also has a direct benefit to our wellbeing and sense of belonging,”

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels is forever grateful to its volunteers and will thank them for their dedication and support at an event on Wednesday 7 September.

“Without their help, we would not be able to support the health, independence and connection of 180 people within our community,” says Mr Armstrong.

“We have a number of volunteer opportunities available and would welcome anyone who would like to come onboard and reap the rewards of these vital community connections.”

As part of the annual celebration, Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels welcomes anyone interested in helping others on a meal delivery run, taking people shopping or to appointments, doing some light gardening or visiting an older person.

“Community minded people should contact the office and discuss how they may contribute to making a difference to an older person,” says Mr Armstrong. “Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels makes every day, and we follow the motto of ‘More than a meal.”

“Our organisation provides group and individual social support services as well and these provide more opportunities to help others.”

This Meals on Wheels Day, Meals on Wheels is calling on Australians to ‘stand up and get connected’ by joining the volunteer ranks.

“It might be a few hours a week but the power of connection and the real benefits to your health and wellbeing mean our volunteers always get back more than they give,” Mrs Broer says.

Image: Volunteering for Meals on Wheels

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