Meals on wheels – more than just a meal


Next week (6-10 November) sees the return of National Meals on Wheels week which will be celebrated locally with a series of activities highlighting the important role of North Somerset Council’s meals on wheels service.

The council’s community meals on wheels service is delivered 363 days a year to older and vulnerable people across North Somerset. As well as delivering a hot meal, drivers are a friendly face who can perform a vital welfare check.

This year’s activities include Leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Nigel Ashton, helping a driver on a round in Portishead and local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) accompanying drivers delivering meals around their patch to get to know the vulnerable adults where they work.

Meals on wheels are always delivered by the same driver every day, to build up a relationship with the people receiving meals. All meals are prepared and oven-cooked with older adults in mind, and balanced to provide a third of a person’s daily nutritional needs.

Cllr Dawn Payne, North Somerset Council’s Executive Member for adult social services, said: “The meals on wheels service helps vulnerable adults to continue living independently in their own homes for longer, keeping them nourished and hydrated.

“The team provide so much more than just a meal – making sure recipients are warm and following-up on any concerns to make sure no one is left at risk.”

To find out more go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/meals or call 01275 882 867.