Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital is seeking volunteers for its Volunteer Mealtime Assistants (VMAs) program.
VMAs are part of a vital service offered at Hornsby Hospital to increase the level of assistance provided for patients that may require additional support at meal times.
Support offered by VMAs can include opening food packages, cutting up meals, encouraging patients to eat and helping make the meal time a more pleasant experience.
Anne Rayment started volunteering with the program about seven years ago after seeing a newspaper advert and said it had been a “rewarding” experience.
“Helping ensure patients receive nutritious meals is so important,” she said. “You help patients who wouldn’t be able to handle food properly or who simply need someone to chat to.
“I like helping people and being part of the hospital environment. There’s a huge sense of reward from being involved.”