I have been contacted by Ruth Dean from Royal Voluntary Service. She has asked that I pass on the following message asking for volunteers. Volunteers who can spare a couple of hours per week are urgently needed in Petworth, Midhurst and Pulborough to support the growing number of older people who wish to maintain their independence by living in their own homes, but sometimes struggle to shop or cook for themselves. Could you help?
Community Meals on Wheels serves 700 meals each day across West Sussex with an army of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers visiting local recipients to check they are happy, safe and well - and have actually eaten their meal.
Offering company and friendship to someone who may not see anyone else for days on end, sharing a cup of tea or microwaving a meal are all simple practical things that make an enormous difference to someone who lives alone. The charity matches up volunteers with older people living nearby so they can visit regularly, share a lift to the shops or attend a local club together... many fantastic friendships have started this way.
Just sharing a little time together is what matters and a couple of hours is enough to make a real difference.
If you have two hours per week - or more - to spare and would like to help with this vital service please get in touch with Royal Voluntary Service today.
A volunteer recruitment team will be on hand to answer any questions at the following times and locations: Thursday 6 February, 11am-1pm - Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Pulborough RH20 2BF
Tuesday 11 February, 1:30pm-3pm - Petworth Library, High Street, Petworth GU28 0AU
Friday 14 February, 11am-1pm - Budgens, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9NA (weather permitting)
Wednesday 19 February, 11am-1pm - Capron House, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DH
Or call RVS on 0845 600 5885 (quote west sussex) or find out more at www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-in-west-sussex