Meals-on-wheels is on the way for elderly residents

Dave Laithwaite of Lancashire Fayre and Councillor Peter Wilson trying some of the dishes on offer.
Dave Laithwaite of Lancashire Fayre and Councillor Peter Wilson trying some of the dishes on offer.

A meals-on-wheels service is returning to Chorley for the first time in years to ensure elderly people have access to a hot meal.

Chorley Council is trialling a subsidised scheme this winter to see if there is demand in the borough.

It is the first time the council has offered the service, as it was previously run by Lancashire County Council but was scrapped a few years ago.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy council leader, said: “The health of our residents is really important and this is an idea I think will make a big difference to people who find it hard to cook or may not otherwise eat nutritious hot meals.

“We have all been hit by rising energy costs and by subsidising this service, we are hoping to make it affordable to those who need it and it means that not only do they not have to worry about buying and preparing the food they don’t have to use energy to cook it either.

“There is a really varied menu catering for all dietary requirements and it tastes good too.”

The meals-on-wheels service is aimed at older people and the trial will run until March 31 .

It is initially aimed at people living in the western parishes including Croston, Bretherton, Mawdesley and Eccleston.

Each meal will be subsidised by £1, meaning it costs £2.75 for a hot meal and a dessert delivered to the door at lunchtime.

The council is now looking for people interested in trying the service.

Coun Wilson said: “We want to hear from residents who want to take part or family and friends who may know of someone who might benefit so that we can make them aware of the service.

“We will be contacting residents directly and getting information out through community groups, but we want to make sure as many people as possible know about it so the trial can give us enough feedback to see whether we should roll it out throughout the borough.”

Call the council on 01257 515151 or service providers Lancashire Fayre on 01254 447331.