Volunteer Meals on Wheels Driver

Jewish Care

We are looking for volunteers who could deliver a home-cooked meal to our clients in Southend and Westcliff. Brighten their day with a friendly word and a delicious lunch in a couple of hours a week.

Published On: 23/10/2023
About this opportunity from Jewish Care

Role Summary: This role is essential in ensuring that our Meals on Wheels clients are provided with nutritious, kosher meals. The number of meals will be pre-arranged in advance and you will volunteer on an agreed route. Meals are picked up from the Southend and Westcliff Day Cantre and delivered on a route that suits you. You can volunteer to deliver meals once a week, once a month, with a friend, with a group, or on your own – whatever works best for you! Ideally, we are looking for long term weekly drivers, but can also accommodate a small number of monthly ad-hoc drivers.

How this role makes a difference: Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is a great way to make a huge impact in a short amount of time. By delivering meals, you bring nutritious kosher food and a friendly visit to older people in your community.

What you’ll be doing in this role:

 Delivering meals from the Southend and Westcliff Day Centre to Client’s homes.
 Agree in advance with your coordinator how many deliveries you are willing to do and on what days
 Visiting/befriending, but it is important to keep visits brief enough for you to complete your route on time.
 Treating what you see and hear as confidential and sensitive.
 Keeping us up to date with how visits are going and reporting anything of concern.
 Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in relevant training.
 Reading and following our policies and procedures – designed to keep you and the client we support safe and happy. We’ve got guidance around safeguarding, lone working, confidentiality and role boundaries to help with this. We’ll ask you to sign-in to say you understand them.
 Representing the charity well to the wider public.

You will need

 Full UK Drivers License and access to a vehicle, with appropriate insurance.
 Confidently engage with a diverse range of people and enjoy helping others.
 A strong understanding and of issues that affect people in later life.
 Reliability, consistency and dependability.
 Good conversational and listening skills with a clear speaking voice.
 Patience, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude.

Activity Types

Driving | General helping | Supporting people and befriending


Civic responsibility and communities | Older People


An hour or so in the morning at a time convenient to you. Drivers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Find out more

For more information about Jewish Care and this role, visit them online.

To apply for this role, visit the Volunteer Essex website to register your interest.

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