A MEALS on wheels service aimed at ensuring people have access to a hot meal is being rolled out across the borough after a successful trial.

It is the first time the borough council have offered a meals on wheels service as it was previously provided by Lancashire County Council but was scrapped due to cost-cutting a few years ago.

With people struggling to make ends meet, the scheme was trialled in certain parts of the borough to make sure people were not having to choose between eating and paying their bills.

The scheme is being aimed at older people who find it hard to cook for themselves or may live alone meaning they may not get the nutritious meals they need throughout the week.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The well being of our residents is very important so we thought the idea would make a big difference to people who find it hard to cook or may not otherwise eat nutritious hot meals.

"The feedback we’ve had is that people are very happy with the service. We went through a rigorous process to choose the provider so people can rest assured they will get a first class service from first class people who will go the extra mile for those taking part.

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

The scheme was trialled in Croston, Bretherton, Mawdesley and Eccleston and will be rolled out across the borough in August.

The scheme sees the service being subsidised by 50p per meal meaning it is £3.65 for a hot meal and a dessert delivered to the door at lunchtime any three days of the week. The service is available seven days a week. We want to hear from residents who want to take part or family and friends who may know of someone who might benefit,” said Councillor Wilson.

“There are some eligibility criteria, but hundreds of people could benefit and I urge them to consider taking part in the scheme to see what a difference it could make for them.”

Contact the council on 01257 515151 or service providers Lancashire Fayre on 01257 367630.