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Looking after our Community during COVID

Meals on Wheels Central Coast is doing all we can to help keep our clients, volunteers, and staff safe during COVID.

We will continue to deliver meals to the most vulnerable members of our community and are following strict infection control procedures and social distancing recommendations within our outlets and when delivering meals. All staff, volunteers, and visitors to our outlets are required to sign in using our QR codes, or a digital sign-in sheet.

We have adapted the way we deliver to comply with the NSW Department of Health’s guidelines. Meals on Wheels Central Coast volunteers will leave meals at the front door on a bench or chair that has been placed there for them. They will wait for the client to open the door and collect the meal prior to leaving. Where clients are unable to go to the door, COVID safe procedures are being followed to deliver meals safely.

Our Community Restaurants at Woy Woy and Bateau Bay have been placed on hold until we have been given the green light by the NSW Department of Health to commence these again. Our regular Community Restaurant clients at Yallambee Lodge at West Gosford on a Friday will have their meals delivered to their doors following COVID safe procedures.

We are here to help the members of our community during these trying times. Ensuring the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff remains a top priority.

If you have any questions about meal delivery procedures, please contact us on 4357 8444 or email admin@ccmow.com.au.


Meals on Wheels Central Coast continuing to deliver meals during lockdown

During the lockdown period, please be assured that Meals on Wheels Central Coast will still be delivering meals and checking in (in a COVID safe way) to those most vulnerable in the community.

If you are a Meals on Wheels Central Coast Client and are feeling unwell, please call us on 4357 8444 and let us know in advance (meals will still be delivered).

All volunteers and staff at Meals on Wheels Central Coast are following infection control procedures and social distancing recommendations within our outlets and when delivering meals.

In some cases, Meals on Wheels Central Coast volunteers will leave meals at the front door on a bench or chair that has been placed there for them. They will wait for the client to open the door and collect the meal prior to leaving. Where clients are unable to go to the door, other arrangements are being made directly with the client.

Our Community Restaurants at Woy Woy and Bateau Bay will be placed on hold until we have been given the green light by the NSW Department of Health to commence these again. Our regular Community Restaurant clients at Yallambee Lodge on a Friday will have their meals delivered to their doors following COVID safe procedures.

We will continue to deliver meals to the elderly and People with Disability in our community and will adapt the way we deliver to meet the Department of Health’s guidelines.

We are here to help the members of our community during these trying times. Ensuring the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff remains a top priority.

If you have any questions about meal delivery procedures, please contact us on 4357 8444 or email admin@ccmow.com.au.


Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2021

National Volunteer Week was celebrated between 17 and 23 May this year, and we had a wonderful time celebrating our volunteers!

 


National Volunteer Week Awards

It was an honour to attend Volunteering Central Coast Inc.‘s presentation ceremony on Wednesday 26 May, where volunteers were recognised from 2020 and 2021. Thank you to Volunteering Central Coast, Adam Crouch MP, Member for Terrigal, and David Harris MP, Member for Wyong, for presenting these awards.

Not only did Miss Paula collect her 2020 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year Award, but Alan from our Woy Woy outlet also accepted his Finalist Award in the Volunteer of the Year 2020 category. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Amy, received a Finalist Certificate for Volunteer Management 2020, and collected awards on behalf of Belle Property Group (Highly Commended Corporate Volunteering 2020), Mick Baker (Highly Commended, Living Legend), and Barry (Finalist, Volunteer of the Year 2020 and Highly Commended, Living Legend). To top off the afternoon, we also received a Finalist Certificate in the 2021 Meal Delivery Volunteer Team Award category. Well done to everyone and thank you to all of our volunteers for the outstanding work that they do in our community 😊

 


Meals on Wheels Central Coast Launches Community Support Service

The importance of enabling older people to live independent and self-determined lives has led One Direct Connect trading as Meals on Wheels Central Coast, to establish a phone support service, which clients can call to discuss an array of issues.

Launched this week, the Meals on Wheels Central Coast Community Support Service is free and will be accessible to all of their clients from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

“The past year or so has seen an increase in the need for support for the older members of our community, and we have put this program together so we can further assist our clients,” said Dennis Taylor, CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

“All clients will have the opportunity to call and be linked with a service that provides experience in the area required. This could include things such as social support, mental health, advocacy, elder abuse, and rights and responsibilities in the aged care sector.

“Whilst our volunteers already perform wellness checks at each meal delivery, we are now also able to offer further support with this specialised directional referral service. A friendly voice on the end of the phone can sometimes make all the difference, and we are pleased to be able to offer high quality support and care to enable people to exercise choice and control,” Mr Taylor said.

The Meals on Wheels Central Coast Community Support Service, will be manned by a trained officer talking to clients and referring them to the appropriate resource.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast are proud to be able to offer this option to their substantial list of services to our community, that include meal delivery, social support, welfare checks, and community restaurants. The Community Support Service is available to all clients of Meals on Wheels Central Coast and One Direct Connect Ltd (NDIS and Home Care Package) clients.

To access the Telephone Support Service, clients can contact 4357 8400.

One Direct Connect trading as Meals on Wheels Central Coast currently deliver more than 16,000 meals to the elderly and People with Disability every month.

For more information on Meals on Wheels Central Coast, contact 4357 8444 or admin@ccmow.com.au

Dennis Taylor, CEO, oversees Corina manning the Community Support Service phone at Meals on Wheels Central Coast

 


An Ode to Meals on Wheels Central Coast

This fantastic poem was written by Mary, one of our valued Meals on Wheels Central Coast clients. Enjoy!


Nance’s Story

At 98, Nance has some wonderful stories to tell. Growing up in Sydney’s St Leonards, as a child she used to race outside at 8am every day to see the Brisbane Mail Plane fly past. She also witnessed the first electric train on the North Shore Line at St Leonards, causing much excitement in a world where steam trains were the norm. Nance could hear the steam trains of a night, and a couple of years ago revisited this form of transport, taking a ride on a stream train once again.

Memories of the “Lavvy Man” who would come with his truck to clear out waste, the iceman delivering a block of ice to keep food chilled, the “Rabbitoh” who sold fresh rabbits, the “Prop” man who sold props to hold up washing lines, are all fresh in Nance’s head, from a time that was so different from today. Money was left on the doorstep along with bread tins for the baker to deposit bread into, and a billy can for the milkman to fill. There were few cars then and the milkman and baker delivered via horse and cart.

Nance also recalls visiting the Airport at Mascott before WWII, where there were only 2 hangars and limited planes. This changed once the war began, and the airport grew significantly.

When Nance met and married her husband, they moved to Cremorne, where if you leant over the balcony, you could see Fort Dennison. Moving to Eastwood a little later, they lived in this suburb where chicken farms were the norm, and there was no sewer or sealed roads.

Nance, who has now called the Central Coast home for 30 years, played tennis regularly and swam in the ocean every day until she was in her 80’s. Doing her housework to Opera such as Lo Boheme and Madame Butterfly, Nance has a love for music and finds that it gives her great joy. Nance also loves historical TV shows and has a DVD collection that includes Downtown Abbey and Young Victoria.

Nance makes the most of everything and tries to remain as independent as she can, catching the public bus to the local shopping centre regularly to do a bit of supermarket shopping. She also has a weekly catch up with friends there, and visits to the local club for lunch every fortnight are also on Nance’s social agenda.

Nance goes out nearly every day and is quite happy with what she’s doing. Socialising is important to her, and this is one of the reasons that she’s attended our Community Restaurant at Bateau Bay for 15 years, the second longest attendee there. The Community Transport bus picks her up every week, and Nance says she is very well looked after at Community Restaurant and appreciates that she’s given a choice of which beautiful meal to have for lunch.

Our Community Restaurants provide an important social outlet for many of our clients, and we are grateful that we form part of Nance’s very busy social schedule.  It was wonderful to chat with Nance, who continues to inspire us with her grateful and positive attitude.

More information about our Community Restaurants can be found here.

 


Nellie’s Story

At 100 years of age, Nellie lives independently, keeping active and appreciating the simple things in life.

Growing up in Boronia Park in Sydney, Nellie helped in her father’s Delicatessen business, assisting alongside her twin sister in the shop, getting paid 6 shillings for her efforts. They also made ice cream in their shop and would buy rabbits to bake, so they could provide hot meals twice a week to their customers.

Having lived on the Central Coast for many years, Nellie calls Bateau Bay home and has a circle of friends that she meets on a weekly basis to play cards with, as well as having regular Sunday afternoon Upwords gatherings.

Knitting is also a passion of Nellie’s and she uses her skills to knit squares for Knit 4, a charity that puts together blankets out of donated knitted and crocheted squares, to wrap people up to stay warm.

Receiving regular weekly deliveries from Meals on Wheels Central Coast, Nellie loves having chats and sharing a joke with the volunteers who deliver meals to her regularly.

Cottage Pie ranks as one of Nellie’s favourite meals, and she appreciates the little gifts that turn up from us on special occasions throughout the year. Small touches like an Australian Flag serviette for Australia day make her meal delivery extra special.

Nellie says our meals are handy to have on hand and it makes her mealtimes so much easier knowing she can just heat one up when she needs it. We are so glad that we’ve been able to help Nellie in this way and help give her more time to enjoy her outings with her friends and family.

 


Hygiene Packs to be Distributed to Meals on Wheels Clients Nationally

RB, the parent company of brands including Glen 20 and Pine O Cleen, and Woolworths, have come together to support Meals on Wheels customers around Australia with a new initiative that will see up to 50,000 Hygiene Packs donated to Meals on Wheels customers nationally.

From 24 March until 4 May 2021, each purchase of Glen 20 or Pine O Cleen products from Woolworths will trigger a donation to Meals on Wheels of Hygiene Packs which will then be distributed by Meals on Wheels Volunteers to Meals on Wheels customers nationally in the coming months.

Each Hygiene Pack will include a can of Glen 20 Surface Spray Disinfectant, which is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for effective use against the COVID-19 virus. The product kills the COVID-19 virus on hard surfaces around the home. Always read the label and follow directions for use.

Hygiene Packs are valued at $28 RRP, and include the following products:

  • Glen 20 Surface Spray Disinfectant, Original, 300g
  • Pine O Cleen Wipes, Lemon, 120 pack
  • Pine O Cleen Multipurpose Spray, Apple, 750ml
  • Pine O Cleen Disinfectant Gel, Lemon, 400ml
  • Woolworths ‘Bag for Good’ (re-usable green bag)

Please note, products listed as inclusions in the Hygiene Packs may vary, and an alternative product may be substituted at the discretion of  RB and Woolworths.

Hygiene Packs will be distributed by Meals on Wheels Volunteers to existing customers* at the conclusion of the promotional period.

*An existing Meals on Wheels customer is defined as someone who commenced their Meals on Wheels meal delivery service prior to 24th March 2021.

If you are an existing customer, there is no need to contact your local Meals on Wheels Service to request a Hygiene Pack. Your local Meals on Wheels service will automatically deliver a Hygiene Pack once they are available. Hygiene Packs will not be available for collection at your local Woolworths store.

Please note, it is the intention of RB and Woolworths to provide Hygiene Packs to as many Meals on Wheels customers as possible, however in some instances it may not be logistically possible to provide a Hygiene Pack to some customers. If this relates to your local Meals on Wheels Service, we will reach out and let them know as soon as the information becomes available.

 


John’s Story

At the age of 99, John gets our meals delivered twice a week. A keen football fan (soccer), John supports Liverpool and Everton in the English Premier League (EPL) and enjoys watching them play on the TV. He also likes watching cycling and the feats that these athletes achieve.

John, who was a Merchant Seaman during WWII in England, has lived on the Central Coast for many years and now happily resides at West Gosford. In a career that involved working on Power Station boilers, John was also able to travel around the State, to places that included Lithgow and Muswellbrook.

Still helping with babysitting duties once a week, John enjoys time with his family, and doesn’t mind pottering around his rose bushes either, which we can report are beautiful.

John says that our service makes things easy for him at mealtimes and he is very pleased with the assistance that he is receiving.

It was wonderful to chat with John, who told us that our volunteers and helpful staff made all the difference to his life.