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Volunteers urgently needed

Meals on Wheels and Nexus Primary Health are urgently calling for volunteers to help deliver meals to house-bound elderly or ill residents in Seymour and surrounds.

JENNA BISHOP February 6, 2014 4:33am

Regular Meals on Wheels volunteer Maree Lyster-Sturman helps deliver meals to house-bound residents in the Shire.

The region’s Meals on Wheels service is urgently calling for volunteers to help deliver meals to elderly or house-bound residents in Seymour, Kilmore and Broadford.

In conjunction with Nexus Primary Health, Meals on Wheels delivers more than 250 meals to the elderly, ill or people with a disability in the Mitchell Shire.

The service aims to help people live independently for as long as possible.

Meals on Wheels volunteer Maree Lyster-Sturman decided to become involved after retiring from a role in in-home services with the Murrindindi Shire Council.

Mrs Lyster-Sturman and husband Ian spend 1 hours during one day each month delivering meals to about 10 houses on one of the delivery routes.

She said volunteering was a chance to give something back to the community and an opportunity to spend time with residents who might be unable to leave their houses.

‘‘It’s the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping people, especially with the older residents, and giving a bit back,’’ she said.

‘‘I enjoy the delight on the residents’ faces when they open the door.’’

Mrs Lyster-Sturman said Meals on Wheels was also an opportunity to check on the region’s elderly residents who may live alone.

‘‘When we visit them, we can see how they’re doing and check on them,’’ she said.

She said it was especially important during the hot weather periods and volunteers could make sure the residents were drinking enough water, had their blinds down and were keeping cool during the heat.

Mrs Lyster-Sturman said she would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering for the service to do it.

In Victoria, more than 3.5 million meals are delivered each year by 15000 volunteers.

Volunteers are being sought for weekly, fortnightly or monthly rosters.

For more information or to volunteer, phone Michelle Gibbs on 57845555.

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