Meals on Wheels
Approximately 25,000 meals are delivered by the Guernsey Voluntary Service every year. The service is available six days a week, Monday to Saturday. To receive Meals on Wheels, one must be referred to the GVS by a doctor or other medical professional, and the facility is available to all ages, not just the elderly. Clients pay a small charge for the Meals on Wheels service which is subsidised by the GVS.
Four rounds go out each day from the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. Volunteers work in pairs: they leave the PEH at 10:30 a.m. and return about two and a half hours later - although volunteers are asked to be aware that should there be a problem with an elderly person, the round could take longer. Duties are on a rota basis, organised by the Team Leaders. Each volunteer decides how often they wish to do a duty - most people do a duty once every four weeks, but some volunteer every week.
In Alderney, Meals on Wheels is of vital service to the island. There are two rounds each day which help to ensure that the elderly can continue to live at home.
GVS provides and maintains four cars which are based at Burnt Lane, plus there are the costs of administering the Meals on Wheels service for which there are two part-time employees job sharing. We try and obtain sponsorship for the purchase of the cars so if you know of any organisation which might be able to assist with this, please contact the GVS Office.