Northampton’s Meals with Care service to offer helping hand to older residents

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A new service to provide a hot meal and a friendly face has been launched in the eastern district of Northampton.

Being run by Age UK Northamptonshire the new scheme, Meals with Care, will operate seven-days-a-week, 365 days-a-year and is being offered to vulnerable older people who live within the NN3 area.

The service aims to help prevent loneliness and isolation and involves reheating a pre-prepared meal and offering befriending during mealtimes to ensure that the client is well, to offer emotional support and friendship.

Age UK Northamptonshire is now appealing for more volunteers so the charity can offer even more friendly faces and hot meals.

Volunteers are required to reheat and serve pre-delivered frozen meals, offer nutritional support and advice, and spend time just having a chat, giving people the opportunity to share any anxieties or concerns and increase social interaction.

The volunteers can also signpost to other support services, however, Meals with Care is unable to provide any personal care or toileting service.

For information call the Service Advice Team on 08456 772 220 lines open from 9am-noon Monday to Friday or contact Meals with Care Co-ordinator Juliet Barnes 01604 611200

juliet.barnes@ageuknorthants.org.uk