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The Out and About program has been providing social support to the aged, and people living with a disability in the Eurobodalla Shire for more than 20 years.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels runs the program through their “Out and About” centre in Batemans Bay with weekly activities and events that encourage social interaction and help fight social isolation to people living alone.

Meals on Wheels Manager Alan Russell says, “Out and About makes a big difference in the lives of people, it’s a valuable service that provides an opportunity for people to participate in social activities with others.

“Carers also appreciate the program as it gives them a break and supports them in their critical caring role."

The program has regular weekly activities including quizzes, craft, morning teas, special events, and shopping days. Transport can also be provided to and from the centre as well as day trips exploring the local area. Out and About is for people of all back grounds and supports healthy ageing.

There will be an open day at the centre and both carers and those who are interested in finding out more about the program are invited to come and experience what goes on. "A lot of people don’t realise this service exists, so this is a great opportunity to see what we do and how we can help,” Mr Russell says. “Everyone knows we deliver meals, but we provide more than just a meal and we are keen to support the needs of people in our local community.”

The Open Day is being held on Thursday, 12 April at the Out and About Cottage on the corner of Heraldale and Bavarde Avenues Batemans Bay.

The day starts with morning tea at 10am and concludes after lunch and activities at 2pm. Everyone is welcome and transport can also be arranged to and from the event. For more information and to RSVP call Jann or Keith on 4472 4240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

bread and butter pudding

“Just like mother use to make!!”

This has been the feedback we have received over the last two months for a wonderful traditional dessert.

The dessert has been so popular that we ran out for a week, but new stock has arrived and the orders have come thick and fast. Amongst the dozen dessert items, we have available, this has been the most popular in recent times.

Food is valued for its taste but also memory plays an important part in the menu selections being made. It has been shown that food brings back happy times and memories which are important to us.

The Bread and Butter pudding on offer has brought back happy memories for our clients and created new ones.

 

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Food memory is as important as food taste when meals are ordered according to many experts. This is the case when people order their meals through Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels.

When the orders come through, it is clear that the memory of foods from the past plays a big part in the selections being made. Old favourites such as Bread and Butter pudding are regularly ordered. Recently this dessert was in such high demand and we sold out. It is back in stock and continues to sell well.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels has a Food Panel which meets four times a year to discuss the menu options and to ‘taste’ the food being offered. This happened last week as the Christmas menu was finalised.

At the start of December, the Christmas menu will be delivered to those who order meals through us. Bethany McLean, our Client Services Officer, has spent a considerable amount of time making sure there is choice and something special on the menu this year.

The Food Panel considered these options at their recent meeting. They were very happy with the choices being recommended said Chairman Les Carter. The options were exciting and will make Christmas day special for these people.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels regularly surveys those receiving meals and the Food Panel looks at this data. The information guides the choices offered.

It is obvious that memory, as well as well as taste, assist with decisions. Often, we hear, “it is just like mother use to make."

 

 

The students at St Mary’s Catholic School in Moruya have been invited to prepare Christmas cards for our clients. Cards have been taken to the school and the students and staff will decorate them and include a message for the festive season.

“This is a great way to bring joy to our clients,” said Alan Russell. “We look forward to great art works and lovely messages bringing joy to people who can be lonely over this time of the year.”

“Commercially printed cards are great to receive but there is something special when the card is done by a young person.”

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels are delighted to be involved in this project which wil no doubt bring much pleasure to all of those involved. We hope to be able to share some of them here soon.

At the Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 October, the Returning Officer Terry Ingram conducted the Board election. Five members were elected to the Board. These people join the two members who were not up for election.

The elected members were, Jim Greenshields, Margaret Quigley, Phil Armstrong, Cathy Milliken and Allan Schuback. They join Les Carter and Linzea Robson as the Board for the new year.

Following the AGM, the new Board met and elected the officers for the coming year.

President: Phil Armstrong
Vice President: Jim Greenshields
Secretary: Margaret Quigley
Treasurer: Linzea Robson
Food Panel Chair: Les Carter
Public Officer: Alan Russell

The Finance and Audit Committee was also appointed and will include Linzea Robson, Phil Armstrong and Allan Schuback.

The Board meets every fourth Monday of the month and they will next meet in November.

The Annual Report was presented and available for download here

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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