Volunteers battle through the snow

jppp-23-01-13 snow-towncentreearly''Commuters struggling through the heavy snow in Petersfield town centre on Friday, January 18, 2013
jppp-23-01-13 snow-towncentreearly''Commuters struggling through the heavy snow in Petersfield town centre on Friday, January 18, 2013

As severe weather causes havoc across the region, WRVS volunteers are battling through the treacherous conditions, making sure older people have everything they need to stay happy, healthy and warm.

Despite the snow and ice which has blanketed the country, WRVS volunteers have teamed up with local people to make sure older people still receive their regular meals on wheels, can get to hospital appointments, and stock up on supplies.

Although many roads, schools and shops are closed, many meals on wheels deliveries have reached those who need a hot meal.

David McCullough, chief executive of WRVS, said: “We’re so proud of our volunteers, who are working really hard to make sure older people in their community have everything they need.

“Severe weather can be very unsettling for older people and it’s great to know WRVS volunteers are so dedicated. It’s fantastic to see communities pulling together to help those who need it the most.”

WRVS supports over 100,000 older people each month stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor-made solutions.

Through its army of 40,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (Befriending), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. A charity that receives no direct government funding, it also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward Befriending and Home from Hospital services.