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New Community Restaurant Combats Social Isolation

Source: Meals on Wheels Central Coast
Posted: 11 Apr 2019
Eating with others not only has health, nutritional, mental and social benefits, itís also good for the soul. This can be especially important for older members of our community, when social isolation can cause feelings of loneliness which in turn can lead to illness.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast (MOWCC) are helping to combat the effects of social isolation with the addition of a new Community Restaurant at their Woy Woy outlet.

Opening on Friday 3 May, the Community Restaurant will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm and will offer not only a choice of meal options including morning tea, hot lunch and dessert, but also bingo, games and entertainment.

At a low cost of $12, this is an ideal way to mingle with others, make new friends and combat social isolation. Transport can also be arranged for those needing this service.

The MOWCC Community Restaurants have served up nutritious meal options for many a year, attracting local members of the community who attend on a regular basis. This new restaurant will be a welcome addition to the established ones at Bateau Bay (Tuesdays and Thursdays), Woy Woy (Tuesdays) and West Gosford (Fridays).

“Our Community Restaurants provide much needed social interaction for our clients,” said Dennis Taylor, CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

“Our attendance rates are consistently high, and due to this high demand we have decided to launch a new Restaurant at our Woy Woy outlet.

“We look forward to welcoming members of our community to Woy Woy, so they can enjoy some nutritious meal choices from our specialised Community Restaurant Menu’s as well as some social interaction,” Mr Taylor said.

This is just one of the social support mechanism’s that MOWCC have in place for their clients, with volunteers performing regular welfare checks during meal deliveries to homes across the Coast, many of them staying for a cup of tea and a chat. Along with assisted shopping and a Peninsula shopping bus, Meals on Wheels Central Coast really is ‘more than just a meal’.

For more information on their Community Restaurants, meal delivery and social support programs, please visit the website or call 4357 8444. Bookings to attend Community Restaurants are essential.

 
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