At risk Wundowie Primary canteen saved with help of volunteers

Days secured: Wundowie Primary School P&C president Emma Auld at the school canteen which has been able to continue thanks to volunteer support. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

Days secured: Wundowie Primary School P&C president Emma Auld at the school canteen which has been able to continue thanks to volunteer support. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

After doubt as to whether the Wundowie Primary School canteen could continue because of unwell volunteers, a call out for help on social media has given the canteen new life.

Rather than closing its doors the canteen is now able to open two days a week instead of one.

Wundowie Primary School P&C president Emma Auld said following a successful 2018 which saw the canteen open three days a week, the open days for 2019 were at risk.

"Last year our canteen was running three days a week with the help of volunteers," she said.

"Unfortunately a few of our volunteers have been quite unwell meaning they have had to leave.

"We were struggling to fill the positions and were at risk of shutting that one day a week. 

"Before asking for community help we just had one lady working in the canteen and that's when I thought we had to do something about it."

With long-term valued volunteers stepping down after more than 20 years at the canteen, Mrs Auld said the canteen needed new faces to help continue the service. 

She said posting the need for volunteers on social media lead to an overwhelming response. 

"There's a lot of people out there who want to help," Mrs Auld said.

"Sometimes it's about not being scared to ask for help because you can't do everything yourself.

"Some people just assume that everything is fine.

"The response that we had was amazing.

"We've had five people get on board after hearing that the canteen was at risk of closing."

Mrs Auld said some volunteers have been grandparents and parents of students at neighbouring schools who had spare time.

She said the canteen hopes to gain more volunteers so they can re-open to their original three days a week.

"You can never have enough volunteers," Mrs Auld said.

"The volunteers we do have are amazing and do so much but even just the smallest things help out.

"Being committed to a full day is  alot so we are working to break it down to have people write out the lunch orders or just come in for morning tea."

Mrs Auld said the canteen benefits not only students but parents.

"It adds to the environment and the atmosphere," she said.

"It is exciting on canteen days.

"It also helps parents who are working full time.

"It's great to offer that to families; to give that little bit of help when supplies are running low at home.

"It also gives me, as a mum with a 7-month-old a purpose.

"While I'm fit and healthy I want to offer my time."