Posted: Thursday 9th November 2017
Acting Leader of Hertfordshire County Council David Williams and Cabinet Member for Environment Derrick Ashley joined the team at Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) on its Meals on Wheels round in Hertfordshire this week.
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) runs the UK’s largest not-for-profit meals on wheels service and offers a range of services to support over 13,000 vulnerable people living in the community every year to stay healthy, happy and safe in their homes. Over the past decade, the service has delivered four million hot meals to elderly, frail, vulnerable, and disabled residents over the past ten years.
Cllr David Williams and Cllr Derrick Ashley joined HILS in its bid to win the challenge for the largest number of accompanied Meals on Wheels visits in the country.
Cllr Williams said:
I was delighted to get involved in the national celebration of Meals on Wheels service. This was a very valuable opportunity to meet local residents, meet the hard-working HILS team and experience first-hand, the challenges facing individuals living across our community. We are pleased to continue to support Hertfordshire’s community meals service, which has grown to become the biggest in the country.
This service is not just about a meal – it helps reduce loneliness, improve health and maintains independence. It also helps older people to live independently in their own home, which is not only good for them but saves money for the public purse with reduced GP and hospital visits and fewer people going into care.
National Meals on Wheels week is a National Association of Care Catering (NACC) initiative created to raise awareness about the need to support meals on wheels services.
Hertfordshire is bucking a national trend which has seen the number of people receiving meals on wheels in England fall by two-thirds in the last six years.
During that period, Hertfordshire County Council has invested more than £5 million with HILS to ensure that Hertfordshire residents can continue to receive a high quality service and nourishing food.
Sarah Wren, Chief Executive of HILS, said:
We are delighted that Acting Leader of Hertfordshire County Council David Williams and Cabinet Member for Environment Derrick Ashley could join us on the rounds for Meals on Wheels this week.
Our service offers a lifeline for many older and vulnerable people throughout Hertfordshire. We have had fantastic support from the county council to ensure that the Hertfordshire meals on wheels service continues to thrive.