Help wanted to ensure meals are delivered in Portsmouth

HOT FOOD Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt delivering Michael Lawrence's Meals on Wheels to his home in Cosham.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121644-3568)
HOT FOOD Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt delivering Michael Lawrence's Meals on Wheels to his home in Cosham. Picture: Sarah Standing (121644-3568)

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A ‘VITAL’ delivery service offering meals to the elderly is seeking more volunteers to help boost its service in Portsmouth.

WRVS’s Meals on Wheels scheme sees volunteers drive round to clients and provide them with hot food all year round.

Their daily efforts were supported by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, who delivered food with the firm’s local service manager Andy Bloor.

One of the firm’s regular clients is 76-year-old Michael Lawrence, of Hilary Avenue in Cosham.

He first contacted WRVS, which is based in Marshlands Road, Portsmouth, 15 years ago to help out a neighbour who had become a widow – but he ended up benefiting from the service himself.

He said: ‘I couldn’t live without the service and help they provide.

‘If I could I would help as a volunteer too.’

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘This is much much more than just meals. I have been a volunteer in a similar kind of service and I have to say it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

‘You get so much back from what you put into it and it’s one of those volunteer roles where you go away that day knowing you’ve made a tangible difference to someone’s quality of life. I would imagine you can do as much or as little as fits in with your lifestyle. It’s a great organisation and I wouldn’t hesitate telling people wanting to get into something on the voluntary front to check this out.’

Mr Bloor said: ‘WRVS is so much more than just a delivery service – it’s a social interaction with the clients.

‘The majority of our clients are elderly and vulnerable and in many cases isolated and there is the human contact aspect that’s so vital in their quality of life.’

Steve Smith, WRVS PR manager, said: ‘We have a range of services but they have been disparate to what we can offer in an area.

‘We are turning that on its head and asking what people want and integrating those services in the area. That’s being rolled out this year.

‘Volunteers can get interpersonal skills and get their confidence up.’

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit wrvs.org.uk.