Volunteers needed to help older people in Worthing

The Royal Voluntary Service is calling on local people in Worthing to dedicate a couple of hours a week to help older people in their community.

The charity’s Community Meals on Wheels service provides older and housebound residents with much more than a hot meal, the service is a source of vital social contact for people who might not otherwise see anyone else from one week to the next. R

oyal Voluntary Service volunteers also perform ‘safe and well’ checks to make sure the older people who use the service have everything they need to stay safe, healthy and independent in their own homes.

To offer more information about how members of the public can help older people in Worthing, the charity is holding an event at the Town Centre Market tomorrow (Wednesday) from 9am to 5pm, to give local people more information about volunteering.

David McCullough, Royal Voluntary Service chief executive, said: “This is a really vital service for older people in the community. Taking someone to the shops or having a chat may not seem like much, but it makes a massive difference to the older people who use the service.

“Our volunteers are fantastic and really enjoy what they do; they get as much out of volunteering as they put in, but we always need more helpers to meet the growing demand for the service, especially at this time of year.”

Volunteers can choose to dedicate as much or as little time to volunteering as they are able. To find out more about the service, contact the charity on 0845 600 5885 (quoting West Sussex) or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/westsussex