'More important than ever': Young celebrates National Volunteers Week

Young Meals on Wheels volunteers Aleisha Ricketts and Helen Ricketts ready to head out and deliver meals. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Young Meals on Wheels volunteers Aleisha Ricketts and Helen Ricketts ready to head out and deliver meals. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Volunteers across Young are being recognised this National Volunteers Week for changing lives and supporting the community.

Young Meals on Wheels service coordinator Jenny Rea thinks it's more important than ever this year to recognise the hard work of volunteers, many whom are over 70 years of age and are waiting to return to regular volunteering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jenny says about 160 people volunteer their time at Young Meals on Wheels delivering hot and cold meals on a roster basis every day of the year.

A big portion of that group is made up of people aged above 70.

"Australia is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation closely. At this time we feel it is more important than ever to recognise an acknowledge our Meals on Wheels volunteers," Jenny Rea said.

"We understand that we usually hold an event during national volunteer week to celebrate together and say a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. This year we have postponed our celebration to a date to be advised. We miss you and look forward to the return of all our volunteers to Meals on Wheels. We miss you."

Jenny said volunteers aged over 70 may not be back on deck until September 30.

Young Meals on Wheels is operating at the moment with volunteers aged under 70.

"Volunteers over the age of 70 years old proposed date of return for volunteering is September 30, unless we are advised earlier. Volunteers under the age of 70 years old are now back volunteering with restrictions as advised by the department of health."

Jenny thanked all her volunteers.

"Thank you for working with us in these very different times but we will continue to spread the message that volunteers really are supporting communities and changing lives.

"A big thank you from all the staff and committee at Young Meals on Wheels."

To inquire about volunteering at Young Meals on Wheels contact 6382 5008.

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