‘It’s awesome’: What it looks like to volunteer for an hour at Golburn Mile on Wheels. Golburn Post

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There is a car full of hot food and plenty of stops to make, but Jenny is worried about the rain. Gulburn is depicted in a dark shade of gray as heaven threatens to open and add to the already unfamiliar maggie air. Read more: Firefighters in Golburn and the district have no shortage of supplies for local producers, supermarket shelves remain bare It is Tuesday morning and time Goulburn Meals on Wheels’s Northern Run, serving 14 customers. The starting point is Goulburn Base Hospital where food is prepared by the staff every week day in the morning before being placed in the warm or escarpment, depending on what is ordered. Like many charities, Meals on Wheels is in dire need of new volunteers as they provide essential services to a growing list of seniors. Getting in the car to start the crossing at the police academy and north of Bradfordville seems to have stopped the rain. All customers are different, some are not enough to cook while others are not always achievable at the age of just preparing nutritious food. Some sit and talk, and some carry bags and boxes for lunch. Cover up “Today, it’s food!” This is the usual greeting from Jenny, who has been volunteering with her husband Michael for three decades. Not everyone is a communicator, but for someone like Joan, social interaction is eagerly anticipated. At 94 years old, she is very smart in her age but no longer drives. “I’ve been getting food for about three or four years and it’s amazing,” she said, when we placed her delivery on the kitchen bench. “Women who do this are wonderful, giving their time.” I think it’s important. You see, some people only see a person from the food on wheels. I stopped driving only 12 months ago so it’s great to have someone to call. “The service to older people is amazing now, years ago they had nothing.” Foods are available as nutritious warm and frozen options, small servings, soups as well as desserts, usually in the form of juice or pie / crumble. Upon returning to the hospital, it’s a quick pack up and the rest of the day is yours. It all takes more than an hour, in the blink of an eye when you weigh the positive effects on people. One of the easiest ways to volunteer is to find Goulburn Meals on Wheels for volunteers of all ages. You need Josh, a police check (paid by Mills on Wheels) and a full vaccination against COVID-19. To find out more you can follow their Facebook page or call 02 4821 0997. Goulburn Meals on Wheels is highly praised for helping Goulburn radio stations 2GN and Goulburn Eagle FM run roster and volunteer ads. We rely on membership revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a member, thank you for your support. Did you know that Goulburn Post now offers breaking news alerts and daily email newsletters? Stay up to date with all the local news: sign up below.


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