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Sun. May 19th, 2024

Meals on Wheels will continue to be provided to Manilla residents in need after a deal was struck with Gunnedah Shire Council owned aged care service GoCo to take on the activity.

GoCo has worked with the Hunter New England Local Health District to ensure Manilla residents still receive meals on wheels. This service was previously delivered by the Manilla Multipurpose Service.

There are currently only 10 people in Manilla who rely on Meals on Wheels, but GoCo Executive Manager Bruce Mercer said it is a great opportunity to be able to grow and deliver these services in the smaller towns across the Tamworth Region. 

“We already run this service in Barraba and the Liverpool Plains Shire so it makes sense to adjust that delivery model to suit the community of Manilla.”

GoCo say they have delivered 1720 meals in the last 6 months to 53 clients across their existing service area. This activity is funded by the federal government.

“We looked to GoCo to pick up the services, as we know they are a trusted and effective operator in the region” said Rose Foale, Manager of the Manilla Multipurpose Service. 

A morning tea and information session was recently hosted at the Manilla Multipurpose Service, inviting GoCo along to allow current recipients to voice their concerns with the transition and ask any key questions.

“It was important to provide peace of mind and assurance that this service will continue,” said Mr Mercer.

The handover officially began 1 July with volunteers delivering meals to residents in Manilla.

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