Derwent Valley Diners provides older people in the Derwent Valley AAP area with good food and company on a weekly basis. Meals are bought from local food providers and delivered to people aged over 60 who appreciate a weekly visit from a friendly volunteer who delivers a tasty meal to them at home.
For a number of reasons older people can find it difficult to prepare and cook a meal for themselves and many also experience social isolation and loneliness. For many older people in County Durham their TV is their main source of company.
The older people who currently take part in the project value the chance to eat something different that is made for them, with a little bit of company provided by the friendly face of their volunteer. One of our older ladies describes the young man who visits her each week with her meal as an ‘Angel’ and others are equally full of praise.
We also want to hear from people aged over 18 who would like to volunteer to brighten up the life of an older person who is experiencing loneliness. Volunteers receive full training and support.
Those currently helping are thrilled to know they are making a difference. Margaret one of the volunteers for the project said “I decided to volunteer for Derwent Valley Diners because I had personally experienced loneliness in the past so I knew how it felt.”
While another one of our volunteers told us “Volunteering helps to lighten my day and someone else’s at the same time – I can’t imagine not going to see my lady”.
Another volunteer, Diane said “It is a pleasure visiting someone and knowing you are making their day a little easier – and it can easily fit into my schedule”.
Being part of the Derwent Valley Diner’s project couldn’t be easier. To receive this service or enquire about helping as a volunteer just ring our friendly team at Age UK County Durham on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org