Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels- Episode 4

October 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Meals on wheels logoLast night Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels series came to an end after four brilliant episodes which documented Si King and Dave Myers’ mission to reinvent Meals on Wheels into a service which older people of Britain could truly rely upon.

Throughout the series we’ve seen Si and Dave work in Elmbridge, Surrey and Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. In last night’s episode the pair revisited both communities to see how Meals on Wheels is progressing thus far.

The Hairy Bikers’ weren’t disappointed as although the two services have different foundations; Elmbridge is a council funded service, whereas Slaithwaite depends solely on volunteers and fundraising. The two have come on leaps and bounds since the Hairy Bikers’ first introduced their new Meals on Wheels plan.

meals on wheels team

 

So much so that last night’s episode had a somewhat celebratory theme. In Slaithwaite the team have mastered the basics and are now making their service a little more diverse. By offering a monthly community lunch older people are getting the chance to meet one another and eat lunch together; giving them something to look forward to and get more social interaction.

In Elmbridge, where the team work to a tight budget (only £1.25 a head) they were surprised by a rather special guest who dropping in for lunch. The Duchess of Cornwall, who is an enormous advocate of the Meals on Wheels service, joined the team and the Hairy Bikers’ to lend a recipe and meet Meals on Wheels volunteers and recipients.

meals on wheels camilla

Elsewhere with the buzz around Meals on Wheels mounting Si, Dave and their Meals on Wheels teams took to London to share the new brand identity and hopefully raise Meals on Wheels’ profile.

It was great to see famous faces join the Meals on Wheels team too. As Arlene Phillips, Ann Widdecombe, Fiona Phillips and Antonio Carluccio, who each had a personal story behind their interest in Meals on Wheels got to hear more about the service. Each pledging to do what they can to help. Fantastically Arlene offered to spare a couple of hours to deliver meals herself, proving that anyone and everyone can help to deliver a difference.

pledge cards meals on wheels

Overall the series has been quite fantastic as Si and Dave’s genuine passion to make a change really has shone.  They’ve handled the difficult task incredibly well, proving exceptional results. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more great things about local Meals on Wheels service soon.

Watch The Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels on BBC Iplayer and for more infomration including how to volunteer click here.

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Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels – episode 3

September 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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meals on wheels logoLast night Si King and Dave Myers made their way to Slaithwaite, a small town in West Yorkshire where Meals on Wheels were stopped completed due to lack of funding. In the episode the Hairy Bikers’ faced a new challenge of not only finding volunteers but creating a Meals on Wheels service from scratch.

It was 12 business women who came to Slaithwaite’s rescue to work alongside Si and Dave and create the new Meals on Wheels service. The ladies have great spirit and showed tremendous amount of commitment; it’s great to see professional people finding the time to help proving that everyone can make a difference.

Although the ladies beam with enthusiasm the Hairy Bikers wanted to ensure that they understood the elderly people who they would be visiting. So they carried out shock tactics and put volunteer Julie into isolation for 48 hours, allowing her to get a feel for the loneliness which many elderly people feel regularly.

This lack of human contact really struck a chord with Julie who felt lonely, rejected and empty. Ultimately the experience pushed the Slaithwaite ladies to make a serious commitment to deliver delicious meals and importantly offer a friendship to elderly people of their community.

Slathwaite ladies

Slathwaite ladies

A huge problem facing Slaithwaite was funding. Inspired by the ladies previous fundraising campaign – a nude calendar, Si and Dave bared all to get the word out about Meals on Wheels. Photographed behind their motorbikes with only a cabbage to cover their dignity, the risqué image were printed onto t-shirts for locals to buy and definitely got the community talking rising an incredible £1000 for the kitty.  

So with a team of volunteers, money in the bank and the best Slaithwaite recipes the only thing they had to do was execute a fantastic first delivery. It’s fair to say that it wasn’t faultless but after a little organisation and delegation it was a true triumph. The proof was in the pudding as a serving of Shepherd’s Pie really did make one elderly residents day!

This has most certainly been my favourite episode so far as it’s great to see Slaithwaite come together. Their community spirit offers inspiration to other villages, towns and cities around the country to make their Meals on Wheels a success once again.

Watch Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels on BBC iplayer now also visit BBC’s Hairy Bikers’ website to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

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The Hairy Bikers doing that bit for Meals on Wheels

 

Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Episode 2

September 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I tuned into the second episode of The Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels on BBC Two last night to see how Si King and Dave Myers are getting on in the campaign to relight the Meals on Wheels fire!

Still based in Elmbridge, Surrey where Meals on Wheels are provided to the elderly by the local authority. The Hairy Bikers delved deeper into the problems which the service has to tackle before success can truly happen…. more volunteers.

si and dave MOW

As a professional business woman I’m strongly aware of the importance of a brand identity. Without such a brand isn’t cohesive- it really is that simple. At Bath-Knight we rely heavily upon our brand to tie everything together so that our customers know who were are. The lack of identity within Meals on Wheels was an unavoidable problem in last night’s show. As Si and Dave discovered that people knew about Meals on Wheels but didn’t know where they should go to get more information. This coupled with the out-dated and lacklustre promotional material lead the Hairy Bikers’ to leading creative agency Saatchi X.

help-wanted-meals-on-wheels logoThe outcome was fantastic branding which give Meal on Wheels a great identity that is importantly attractive to all. Finished with the tagline ‘Delivering a Difference’ to entice people to offer a helping hand, whether it be delivering a meal or washing pots and pans in the kitchen.

The show brilliantly displayed the variety of people willing to help out after been given a positive nudge by the Hairy Bikers’. With the help of Si and Dave volunteers came from all different walks of life from a young mum, a freelance worker who has free time and a young unemployed gentleman who was looking for something positive to fill his days.

The Hairy Bikers’ also called on the local catering college to get young creative minds to come up with delicious dishes to be included in the Meals on Wheels menu. The results were fantastic and even better the students offered their time in the kitchen too.

Hairy Bikers Meals on Wheels

Not to disappoint Si and Dave (with lots of help from the students) treated the town to the largest ever meals on wheels offering a portion of homemade cottage pie and slice of cake to those who were willing to volunteer their time to help feed the elderly people within their community.

The series is incredibly positive and the results are splendid to watch as clients are receiving ‘10/10’ meals which are delivered with a friendly smile. Next week Si and Dave are in Yorkshire seeing how they can help better Meals on Wheels elsewhere in the country.

To find voluntary position in your local area – click here and watch Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels on BBC iplayer

Annette’s Websites of the Week 12th-16th September 2011

September 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

NationalCupcakeWeek

www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk

We couldn’t ask for a better reason to eat delicious cupcakes this week as its National Cupcake Week.2011’s National Cupcake Week has been a great success with bakers up and down the country producing some of their finest sweet treats and even better donating a percentage of their sales to CLIC Sargent – a leading charity for children with cancer.

The official website has a selection of incredible photographs of cupcakes and information of local baker and cupcake experts from around the UK who have chosen to get involved with this week’s festivities. I’ve found some brilliant local cake makers who I wasn’t aware of.

I particularly like the ‘Recipe Inspiration’ section where talented bakers have shared their favourites, offering the perfect excuse to get into the kitchen and get baking this weekend. For more inspiration, ideas on decorating or information on how you can donate (maybe without eating cake) visit the National Cupcake Week website here.

 

rapberry cupcakes

Webcam 101 for seniors This week the Bruce and Esther Huffman have become internet sensations after their granddaughter posted a video of the couple of YouTube. The video captures Bruce and Esther struggling to get to grips with their new webcam.

It is a great snippet and provides a wonderful attitude to exploring the internet. Proving that it doesn’t matter if you don’t get using the internet 100% right the first time but simply trying is a great way to learn. Brilliant!

 

 

Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Yesterday I wrote a blog about the Hairy Bikers’ Meal on Wheels series which is currently airing on BBC two on Tuesday evenings.

Hairy Bikers Meals on Wheels

I’ve become extremely fond of the series as I believe that reinventing the Meals on Wheels service into one which is effective, well-staffed and supports elderly people here in the UK is essential.

The campaign to get more people involved and create tastier selection of food is also been documented on the BBC’s website. Including ways become a Meals on Wheels volunteer in your local community, more general information on Meals on Wheels and of course recipes which Si and Dave make and hope to include in their revitalised Meals on Wheels scheme.

The recipes work around the tight budgets and guidelines which Meals on Wheels endure meaning that they are cheap but great quality meal suggestions- perfect for family meals.

It’s a great campaign and one which I am certainly getting behind- for more information on volunteering in your local area click here.

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