Meals on Wheels changes lives

While the volunteers with Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Plus do a wonderful job, they are real need of more helpers in the Eden area.

More than just a meal, BVMOW also provides transport, shopping, veterans support service, respite care, social support and volunteer training.

BVMOW manager David Atkins said there are 44 active volunteers in Eden, but the organisation is looking for at least 60 to help out with driving, deliveries and home visiting.

“Volunteers make a difference in every community they work in.  They change lives,” Mr Atkins said.

“Just two hours a week is all you need to give to make a big difference in someone’s life.”

Volunteers need to be over 18, have a mandatory police check, driver licence and registered vehicle. All training will be provided by BVMOW.

Call 6492 4146 for further information, or check out the new website at begavalleymealsonwheels.org.au.

Sense of pride

Bega Valley Meals on Wheels relies on around 150 volunteer hours each week, with 200 extraordinary people from across the shire covering a range of roles.

“These people are the life blood of our organisation and are the reason we are able to provide an affordable, caring service to people in need across our community,” manager David Atkins said.

“Meals on Wheels is famous for food, but that knock on the door means so much more to the people opening the door and the people making the delivery.”

For over 60 years, Meals on Wheels has built a sense of community and resilience through the simple act of a delivered meal.

Better health and nutrition is the obvious benefit, but Bega Valley Meals on Meals volunteers also check on safety and well-being. A greater sense of social cohesiveness flows, reducing isolation and supporting independence and choice.

“While acknowledging the work of our current volunteers, we need new people to step forward and help,” Mr Atkins said.

“The commitment is manageable, shared, and flexible and comes with ongoing support and training, but most of all it comes with a huge sense of pride.”