More than just a meal for Heather Steedman
VOLUNTEERING at Meals On Wheels isn't a massive commitment but it is a satisfying one according to long-time Tweed volunteer Heather Steedman.
"I've been doing it about 15 years and I decided to get into it because I had a nephew that we thought we were going to lose through cancer and so to me it was giving back - to give hope to somebody else," she said.
"It was probably the best thing that I have ever done.
"Meeting the other volunteers is part of the enjoyment and just knowing that you walk into somebody's home and you have made a difference, you really have, it's just lovely.
"It's a joy to give back to the older person that really appreciates it and in some cases it isn't just the older people - we have a couple of really young folk - they are in their 50s. They're not old but they need assistance and they need food delivered. And once again it's the contact for these people plus a lot of us do the social services - the one on one. Taking folk to the doctors or the dentist and then taking the out for morning tea, so for them it's a social outing."
And Heather said while it is a rewarding experience it isn't actually a huge commitment.
"When you do deliveries it can be anything from maybe an hour and a half to three hours depending on the length of the run," she said. "When you take a client out for social services, it's generally about two and a half hours that you spend with them.
"It's nothing really and a lot of us do a couple of runs a month. We usually do say a Monday run and then a Friday run so that would be twice a month, two or three times."
Heather was one of the volunteers enjoying the National Meals On Wheels Day, Cuppa For A Cause at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club last month.
The day was a chance to have a "Cuppa for A Cause" and raise both money and awareness about the service in the local area according to Tweed Community Support Inc Meals On Wheels manager Chris Watt.
"Meals on Wheels Tweed employs seven staff, has 86 volunteers and provides a meals service delivering over 1000 meals weekly assisting 534 people in the Tweed Heads area to remain in their homes," Chris said.
For further information about becoming a volunteer contact Meals on Wheels Tweed on (02) 6674 2205.