National Meals on Wheels Day is held every year on the last Wednesday in August and is a day for celebration and acknowledgement of our hardworking and dedicated volunteers who work in our Meals on Wheels program.
The BCH Meals on Wheels volunteers delivers around 140 meals per week to clients in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Nationally, the program supports the health, independence, and connection of more than 200 thousand people every year.
Volunteers play an integral role within BCH and with more older Australians needing Meals on Wheels support they require dedicated volunteers to ensure they can continue delivering now and into the future.
Meals on Wheels recipients are not the only ones who benefit from the essential service, people who volunteer also receive social benefits.
At BCH, we recognise the sense of pride and purpose volunteering at a local service offers, as well as opportunities to make new friends while making a real and positive difference within their local community.
Recent research from Volunteering Australia found that the positive impact of volunteering includes preventing social isolation and loneliness, particularly during difficult COVID-19 lockdown periods.
BCH has also been looking at innovative ways of encouraging the next generation of volunteers, by creating inter-generational activities with students for the local Point Lonsdale Primary School.
The students created hand made thankyou cards for our Volunteers to recognise the efforts of the BCH Meals on Wheels team.
It’s a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the benefits of volunteering and social responsibility and show the children the importance of caring for vulnerable members of our community.
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