THE Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) is calling on people in the Midhurst and Petworth areas to help older people in the community.
The charity’s community Meals on Wheels service provides older and housebound residents with more than a hot meal - the service is a source of vital social contact for people who might not otherwise see anyone else from one week to the next.
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers also perform ‘safe and well’ checks to make sure older people who use the service have everything they need to stay safe, healthy and independent.
The charity will be distributing information about the volunteering roles – and showcasing its new range of meals – at various locations around the county over the next couple of weeks.
The team will be in Petworth library, High Street, on Tuesday February 11, from 1.30pm-3pm, in Midhurst on Friday, February 14, from 11am-1pm, by Budgens on Bepton Road and in Capron House, Midhurst on Wednesday, February 19, from 11am-1pm.
Royal Voluntary Service chief executive David McCullough said: “This is a vital service for older people and makes a massive difference to their lives. Our volunteers are fantastic and really enjoy what they do.
“They get as much out of volunteering as they put in, but we always need more helpers to meet the growing demand for the service, especially at this time of year.”
Volunteers can dedicate as much or as little time as they are able to, but typically volunteer for around two to three hours per week.
The charity can be contacted on 0845 6005885 (quote West Sussex) or see the website www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/westsussex.