Photo: Emmett O’Hara, Associate Director Community Finance Ireland; Marie McSteen, Director Balbriggan Meals on Wheels (accepting cheque); Christine Rafferty, Balbriggan Meals on Wheels, Director; and Liz Wall, Office Administrator, Balbriggan Meals on Wheels
Huge congratulations to the team at Balbriggan Meals on Wheels for winning the Financing Social Enterprise in Ireland survey. The team were presented with a €250 One4All voucher kindly sponsored by Community Finance Ireland. The survey asked respondents about their experience about social finance with their social enterprise in Ireland. The winners were chosen at random and presented on site with the Associate Director of Community Finance Ireland, Emmett O’Hara.
You can find out more about Balbriggan Meals on Wheels and their important work through their Facebook Page and some information below.
BALBRIGGAN MEALS ON WHEELS
Balbriggan Meals on Wheels was founded in 1975. The kitchen was built in three months. All the work on the building was carried out by volunteer labour. The first meals were delivered on 1st January 1976. Some people who worked in the very first year are still with us today.
Balbriggan Meals on Wheels was established to provide meals for people who are ill, recovering from a serious illness, or for some reason are unable to provide meals for themselves. Balbriggan Meals Ltd still provides meals to the most vulnerable people in our community; they are people who are referred to us by Public Health Nurses and Social Workers. We operate six days per week and currently provide in the region of 80-100 meals per day in the wider Balbriggan Community.
Prior to Covid-19, we operated a Dinner Club at our base in Hampton Street, Balbriggan 3 days per week for approximately 25 people each day. This not only provided a meal for our clients but also offered an important social outlet for these people to meet up and enjoy the company of others. Unfortunately, our Dinner Club has been suspended since March 2020. We are hoping that we will soon be able to resume this service in some capacity over the coming months.
Balbriggan Meals on Wheels is an essential voluntary service that requires all the support it can get. The organisation, therefore, depends heavily on fundraising and donations.
We are delighted to have won the €250 One4AllVoucher and would like to thank Community Finance Ireland for this.
TO DONATE TO BALBRIGGAN MEALS ON WHEELS VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON:https://www.facebook.com/balbriggan.mealsonwheels/