Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    New website for Meals on Wheels WA

    12/07/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Minister launches new website for Meals on Wheels WA
    • Website to raise awareness and recruit volunteers

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney yesterday launched a website for Meals on Wheels WA, a first for the not-for-profit organisation in this State.

     

    On behalf of Aged and Community Services WA - the peak body for Meals on Wheels - the Minister launched the website, which she hopes will help operators across the State, particularly in regional areas.

     

    “In the decades that Meals and Wheels has been operating it has earned a place in the hearts of its many thousands of clients as well as the respect and affection of the wider community,” Mrs McSweeney said.

     

    “Meals on Wheels do a very important job in ensuring frail older people and those with a disability can continue to live at home independently while still getting a nutritional meal.

     

    “The organisation certainly delivers more than just a meal with the social connection the clients get with the volunteers who deliver the three-course meal vital to their wellbeing and independence.

     

    “I hope this website will engage more volunteers to take part in Meals on Wheels.”

     

    The Meals on Wheels website will build community awareness of the organisation as well as support metropolitan and regional Meals on Wheels providers.

     

    There are about 90 Meals on Wheels service providers operating in metropolitan and regional WA.

     

    Every year nearly 930,000 meals are provided to approximately 10,000 clients in their own homes and through dine-in services.

     

          Fact File

    • New website can be found at http://www.mealsonwheelswa.org.au
    • Website aims to raise awareness and recruit volunteers
    • Majority of clients receiving a Meals on Wheels service are aged 50 to 90 years

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500

    Photo caption: Aged and Community Services chief executive Stephen Kobelke and Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney at the launch of the new Meals on Wheels website