Published Monday, 15 October 2018

More than 40 volunteers who deliver meals to people who need a helping hand across the borough enjoyed a thank you afternoon tea organised by Waverley Borough Council on Wednesday 10 October.

More than 40 volunteers who deliver meals to people who need a helping hand across the borough enjoyed a thank you afternoon tea organised by Waverley Borough Council on Wednesday 10 October.

The volunteers - who help as part of the Community Meals Service - were treated to a delightful spread with the Deputy Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Mary Foryszewski, to celebrate the indispensable work they do. The event was held at Waverley Abbey House, who kindly provided the room free of charge.

Community Meals Service volunteers deliver hot meals five days a week, providing a lifeline for the disabled, frail or sick residents that are unable to cook for themselves and depend on the service. The entire borough is covered, with centres in Godalming, Farnham, Cranleigh and Haslemere. A total 27,386 meals were delivered throughout the borough by over 130 volunteers in 2017/18.

Volunteers deliver meals along with a smile and a chat that provides vital social contact, particularly to those who may live alone. For many it can be the only contact they have. It also offers a chance to make sure the clients are okay and any concerns can be referred on to GPs, Social Services, the client’s family or any other appropriate point of contact.

Lucinda Fleming, Gostrey Centre Chairman of Trustees responsible for the Farnham service, said:  It’s about more than just delivering meals. Volunteers will also offer help to their clients – cut up their meals, feed the cat or whatever they need. Seeing how welcome you are and what a difference you make to their lives is why volunteering is so rewarding. We always need more volunteers and I would encourage anyone who has an hour spare to get in touch with their local service and join the team.”

Councillor Foryszewski said: “It’s a real pleasure to be able to do something to thank all our wonderful volunteers who generously give up their time to help others. Their kindness transforms lives by helping hundreds of people to remain independent, continue to live in their own homes and be a part of the community.”

Councillor Jenny Else, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing and Culture, added: “It is so important that we celebrate the contribution of the volunteers who work for the Community Meals Service. Their commitment is invaluable and without them our more vulnerable residents would not be able to enjoy a hot freshly cooked meal each day of the week, as they have done for the past two years.”