Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

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Age Concern Otago is facing a major challenge to get Meals on Wheels delivered during the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

Age Concern Otago executive officer Debbie George said Meals on Wheels was a designated essential service, but was in difficulties because many of its volunteer drivers were over 70 years old.

“So, of course, we are not asking those people to carry on delivering Meals on Wheels, and that has drastically reduced our pool of drivers,” Ms George said.

“So we are putting the call out for help, but to keep people safe from the Covid-19 coronavirus, we can only work with a very specific group of people.”

The criteria for volunteer drivers are that they need to be under 70 years of age, in good health, are not immune compromised, and are police vetted.

Volunteers also need a current, clean driver’s licence.

If you meet these criteria and are willing and able to help deliver Meals on Wheels during the Government’s Level 4 restriction period, please phone (020) 401-33642.

Ms George said, during the lockdown period, Age Concern Otago staff are working from home to provide support for older people by phone and digital connection.

Clarification: The phone number published in our print edition was incorrect. It has been corrected for this online story.