A Driving Force That Makes a Difference!
COPE Galway Community Catering service produces and delivers over 200 meals a day to the homes of people who are housebound, elderly or unable to prepare a meal for themselves.
A recent recruit, Michael Commons, 62, offers some insight into how he got involved and what he gets out of his volunteer work.
After retiring a couple of years ago Michael decided he would like to take up some volunteer work to add a little bit of structure to his week and give something back in his local community. Volunteering is a new outlet in his life as up until now he simply never had the time. Michael felt it was very important to take some time out on retiring, to press pause and reflect on how he wanted to use his time. After working for forty years as an accounts manager he didn’t want to rush into taking on too much too soon.
After chatting to a golf buddy earlier this year he heard about COPE’s Community Catering service. Working in a job that took him on the road for many years, Michael is no stranger to driving and the role of Meals on Wheels driver was something that appealed to him and he decided to take on one shift in the week.
Delivering on average twelve meals during his shift Michael says he has to keep moving as parking can be a nightmare in the city. ‘The route is easy enough but I have to keep moving, so I run around.’ says Michael. However he still manages to have a quick chat with everyone on his shift. When asked what he gets out of his volunteer work Michael goes on to say ‘It’s the people and the interaction that I enjoy the most’ as this was something he missed after leaving the workforce.
Meeting a real mix of clients with different backgrounds and individual needs during his weekly two hour shift, Michael has also gained huge insight in the quality of services that are provided in the community.
COPE Galway’s Community Catering service are calling on anyone interested in the role of Driver over the summer months to contact them to find out how they can help.
‘We have a great pool of volunteer drivers but over the summer months we need additional drivers’ explained Lucia Canavan, volunteer co-ordinator with COPE Galway. ‘If you are available over the summer period to do some volunteer driving, have your own transport and are interested in helping we would very much appreciate your assistance’ stated Lucia.