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Urgent call for Volunteers

Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

Volunteers Ross Vickers and Ian McColough with Leesa McInnes of the Far West Food Service. Volunteers Ross Vickers and Ian McColough with Leesa McInnes of the Far West Food Service.

By Nick Gibbs

The Far West Food Service is appealing to Broken Hill residents to join their dedicated group of volunteers who provide an invaluable service to the community.

The organisation delivers between 60 and 90 meals each day to around 160 elderly or disabled clients across the region.

Coordinator Leesa McInnes explained how the service provided much more than simply delivering a meal.

“It helps people maintain their independence and the social aspect is also very important,” she said, detailing how the interaction between client and volunteer helped avoid a sense of isolation.

Long time volunteer Ross Vickers also felt the social aspect provided a benefit for all those involved in the service.

“It’s not just the job, it’s the people you get to work with and clients you meet,” he said.

Ian McColough, who has been volunteering for 12 months, agreed that donating some time had been valuable.

“For anyone with a car licence, it’s extremely worthwhile,” he said.

Without the dedication from people like Ross and Ian, the Far West Food Service would not be able to reach all those in the community who rely on it to maintain their freedom.

There are volunteer opportunities available throughout the week for anyone who can spare as little as a few hours a month.

Interested residents can also be listed as a casual volunteer who can be called on when the team is short as well as positions as a food runner or wrapper for those without a licence.

For more information, contact Leesa or Lou at the Far West Food Service on 8082 9144 or email Leesa.Mcinnes@facs.nsw.gov.au

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