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Role description

The Meals on Wheels Volunteer coordinator is responsible for running the Meals on Wheels Service and oversees the volunteer team. You ensure that all deliveries have a driver, and are well organised. 

The primary purpose of Meals on Wheels is to support the elderly, the ill and people with a disability, living at home who would otherwise struggle to provide healthy meals for themselves. The secondary function of the service is to provide regular social contact for people receiving meals – many of whom are isolated. 

Your tasks  

  • Be the main point of contact for the hospital and back-up contact for the Meals on Wheels drivers.
  • Organise practice runs for new Meals on Wheels drivers and oversee training and onboarding of new volunteers 
  • Make sure Meals on Wheels drivers are aware of their obligations to health and safety and are equipped with the relevant information and guidelines to advise of any incidents and concerns relating to clients. 
  • Organize and participate in debriefing sessions.  

Volunteer requirements and training 

You’ll need to be a friendly person who has their own car and a full driver licence. We’ll train you in how to carry out the role and you’ll be supported by a Red Cross staff member and other volunteers.

This role would suit a person who enjoys taking initiative, working with other volunteers, has strong communication, leadership and organisational skills and is able to manage complexity.

Computer skills essential.

Commitment required
Shift duration
4 hours
Shift time
Morning, Afternoon
Min age
18 years
A few days
New Zealand Police - support services (vulnerable adults)
  • Vehicle with valid registration (rego) and warrant of fitness (WoF)
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Two character references
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“I enjoy the people – I’m a people person. It’s nice when you get to know the recipients. For some of them, they wouldn’t get a decent meal otherwise. But it’s also the contact and you check that they are okay.”

Jenny, Meals on Wheels volunteer