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National Meals on Wheels Day and Volunteers Week are occasions to think about those who help others.

Once again, Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels will hold a function to thank and celebrate our Volunteers.

The event will be in the form of a High Tea in the Members Lounge, at Moruya Jockey Club, on Wednesday 11 September.

The Board of Directors of Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels Cooperative will host the afternoon. The Board is most grateful to the Moruya Rotary Club who will once again do the catering, and to the Moruya Jockey Club who will once again provide the venue. These generous groups greatly assist Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels in celebrating the work, time and commitment of the volunteers.

Annually, various volunteers are recognised for their years of service and others for the funny little things which have happened over the year.

These 'little things' are noted through the EMoW Awards which add some fun and laughter to the afternoon. Who will win the "Patience of a Saint" Award, or the "Finger in every Pie" Award, or the "Green Fingers" Award, or the "Life Saver" Award?

The volunteers are the 'life blood' of our Cooperative and we are very fortunate to have such a committed group working in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma with our meals delivery; and another group helping with our Group and Individual Social Support programmes.

Thank you to everyone, and enjoy the cakes, scones and sandwiches.

Our new programme has been introduced and it has been a great success to date

The group has met twice at Banksia Village and heard from two inspiring speakers who challenged the group in their thinking. Each speaker generated wonderful discussion and the opportunity to develop the ideas further.

Henk Roubus spoke of modern day marketing and how products are changed to meet consumer requests. This was especially entertaining when he spoke about childrens cough medication and how the product had to change to eliminate sugar and then food colourings! The group had much to add to the discussion on modern marketing techniques! Henk was an Industrial Chemist and had to find solutions to the cough medicine questions as one of his tasks.

John Haslem was the second speaker and he led the group through three interesting tales. He spoke about the history of his family who came from Ireland and a recent fact finding trip to meet relations still in the original village; of the life of a politician especially during the Whitlam/Fraser era and the 'standing' of politicans compared to today; and of a trip through Russia looking at the various arts -painting, sculpture, architecture, music and dance. Everyone was fully engaged in each opportunity. They took the chance to chat about their experiences with family, travel, politics and the finer parts of life. John was a lawyer and is presently the President of the former Parliamentarians group in Australia.

The group will meet next on 1 October and hear from the Rt Rev Dr George Browning (the former Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn).

Bishop George will speak about the Middle East and whether peace will ever be achieved in the region. Bishop George has visited the region many times and lived with various groups so can speak with some authority on the situation. This will prove to be a most interesting talk and give the group a wonderful opportunity to debate and think about solutions.

And this is the aim of the group- to hear from a speaker;  to think about the topic, and to discuss and debate the issues raised.

New members and carers are warmly welcomed and invited to attend on Tuesday 1 October and on Tueday 10th December. Bookings are made at the Meals on Wheels office (4474 4464).

Come along. Hear a great speaker and enjoy some lovely company, take part in some intellectual discussion and debate, and share the wonderful morning tea which Banksia Village supplies!

The National Meals on Wheels Day happens on 28 August.

The day celebrates the work of the various Meals on Wheels groups throughout the country.

The organisations make sure

  • older Australians eat well so to age well
  • more than 1 millon older Australians who are at risk of malnutrition are cared for
  • that our service model, which is proven in improving nutrional health, continues to inform clients
  • the system improves so it is simpler, fairer and more affordable for older people to use our services

Meals on Wheels Australia is calling on the Australian Government to double its investment in meal support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

This $80 million additional investment means older Australians would pay only for the cost of the ingredients used in their meals, making payments fair and affordable, regardless of which government funding programme they are eligible to access or where they live.

Payments for meal services currently comprise only 3% of the $2.4 billion Commonwealth Home Support Programme budget. Consumer payments are, on average, 1-2 times as much as the government funding. This is grossly unfair compared to other service types available under this programme, and compared to meal services provided through Home Care Packages and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Increased investment in meal support will reduce demand for more expensive aged care services and relieve pressure on public hospital systems. Most importantly it will improve the quality of life and confidence of more older people to live independently for longer.

 

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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