Cwmaman Foodbank continues to provide much needed food, drink and other essential items to those effected by the Covid 19 pandemic in our community. This has only been achieved by the outstanding efforts of previous and current volunteers who have helped to ensure that adults in children within our community have received much needed support at a particularly difficult time.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer to help out with the service. If you have a driving licence you will be especially welcome as drivers are in particular demand; although non-drivers to assist with preparation food parcels, loading of vehicles and other duties are very welcome too.
Who uses the service?
In addition to the elderly other users of meals on wheels services include disabled people, people with learning difficulties, people facing financial hardship and those suffering from other health or wellbeing barriers.. There are also service users that have only recently found themselves in need of support as a result of shielding, high risk from Covid 19 or job losses. You will gain the satisfaction of making a difference to their day by providing them with a nutritious meals for the week. You may also be their only visitor that day and so can provide companionship or a simple smile and chat… often equally as welcome, and important, as the meals you will be providing.
How does the service work?
Food parcels are prepared at the Cwmaman Community Centre in Glanamman. From there the parcels and loaded into vehicles and each driver is provided with address details for their deliveries. Recipients of food parcels would have previously completed a registration form and would have been informed of how much food they will receive and how often; mostly based on the number of people on the household and period of difficulty.
Is there more to the role?
As you are dealing with some of your community’s most vulnerable members an important part of your role will be to pass the time of day with each client and to listen to see whether they have any personal worries or concerns. If you take on the role regularly then you will develop a relationship with the people you visit. This could be one of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering with meals on wheels. Should you have any concerns for a service users wellbeing then you can report this to the service provider or contact Robert Venus (Safeguarding Officer, Cwmaman Town Council). All concerns are treated with respect and passed to the relevant authority as needed.
Deliveries are made every Friday and, as this is such an important lifeline to so many, it’s important that any volunteers be committed to supporting the foodbank clients and ensure they arrive on time and notify the coordinators in advance if unable to attend any days.
More information and discuss the role…
You can contact Marissa Sweeney by email to discuss this role and for signposting to the service provider. Please complete the short form below to register interest and receive a followup call.