Dumfries & Galloway News
The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.
Our Dumfries Friends members enjoyed a wee trip to Southerness this month thanks to an invite from one of our volunteer befrienders, Isobel, who was a great hostess! You can see the famous Southerness Lighthouse in the background in the photo as well as those who attended. A great time was had by all. #kindness
Guid Nychburris 2018
Did you spot us and give us a wave at us in the Guid Nychburris 2018 parade on Saturday 16 June in Dumfries? We had a great time promoting Food Train, as you can see.
It's great fun with other people in the same boat, so to speak - all just looking for some company and time out of the house with others for a few hours now and again!
Our Dumfries Friends members and volunteers enjoyed a short trip in the June sunshine to Troqueer Primary School to play games and to chat about schooldays then and now over a cup of coffee and a cake. Great fun was had by all. Thanks for having us Troqueer Primary! #intergenerational work in action #volunteerweek 2018
We recently trained a number of volunteer befrienders in the Nithsdale locality on basic CPR and the safe use of defibrilators (which we have). Pictured from the left are Gerry, Anne, Alison, Margaret and Sandy with their certificates. Missing from the photo are Lawrie and Alex and staff members Dot and Margaret who also did the training. More great work done by Food Train on building resilient communities.
We like to hear what our customers want from us as a service provider and what volunteers are prepared to do to help us achieve this, so regular forums are important. We held our latest Friends service forum in Castle Douglas this week to do just that and we gained lots of ideas and information to take away to consider. Pictured are staff with customers and volunteers who attended from across the D&G region.
Our Dumfries and Upper Nithsdale members went to the fabulous Cumnock Factory Outlet store this month (back by popular demand) for food and shopping together. Great fun was had by all. Pictured are some happy members about to set off home with shopping on their laps! Photo taken by our wonderful volunteer driver, Gobert. Thanks as always to our volunteers for helping to support the trip and to the staff at the shopping outlet for their warm welcome and help. We will be back!!
We have new befriending matches underway in the Stewartry area, some involving taking a dog along to a local older person! If you can help us in this area as a volunteer befriender, please call Shelley or Isobel on 01556 288427. Owning a dog is not essential!!
Our Friends members in the Stewartry area enjoyed a lovely trip to the Old Schoolhouse Tea Room at Ringford on the A75 on 1 May and enjoyed a good healthy meal, chat and company. Great fun!
Thanks to our local volunteers for helping to make this happen on a regular basis. #kindness
A befriender training workshop was held in Annan recently for some old and new volunteers to keep them up to date on the role and service. This is a key requirement under the Quality in Befriending scheme that we have accreditation in. Thanks to all who attended.
Our Friends members from Mid/Upper Nithsdale enjoyed a lovely trip to Heathhall Garden Centre (and Pat's Pantry) in the April sunshine this week and had a lovely lunch, good chat and time for shopping. Great fun!
Our new Stewartry Friends branch held a fun get together in Dalbeattie recently where a few new members were in attendance for the first time, as were our friends from Stewartry Care. We had a TV Theme Tune quiz (won by Carol's team) and a game of Play Your Cards Right (no Bruce) for Easter Eggs and the famous Food Train Speedboat. If you are interesting in coming along as a member (age 65+) or a volunteer helper, please call Isobel or Shelley in our Stewartry office on 01556 288427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We were delighted to receive recently a cheque donation for £300 from Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers Club (LNYFC). Pictured is Scott McGill (Project Manager - left) with Emma Harper (Secretary LNYFC) and Ben McClymont (Chair LNYFC) and Paddy Finlay (service user - right) receiving the cheque. We would liike to thank everyone at LNYFC for chosing to support Food Train in the past year.
Our Project Manager Scott McGill met three excellent S2 pupils at Dumfries High School in late February to discuss the services that Food Train provide across the region and beyond. The three pupils, Logan, Scott and Craig, are hoping to win £3000 for Food Train in a school competition. They asked some great questions about Food Train and now understand the challenges faced by older people a little bit more.
Good luck boys!
The 8th Dumfriesshire Cubs heard all about the Food Train and the challenges faced by older people when Scott accepted an invitation from the Balloo to attend and help the cubs achieve a World Challenge Activity Badge. One cub said at the end of the night 'I really must do more now for my elderly neighbour.' The cubs heard about our shopping deliveries, our EXTRA service, befriending and our new Meal Makers service and how many people now live to the age of 100 (centenarians) compared to 100 years ago. Intergenerational work will follow later in the year.
Our latest volunteer befriender recruits from the Dumfries area attended our befriender training workshop in our Head Office in Dumfries recently (with two long serving volunteers attending for refresher training purposes). They all look forward to getting involved and helping us meet our service aim of reducing loneliness and social isolation locally.
Local Friends member Margaret was at West Sound radio recently talking about the benefits of being a member of Food Train Friends and about the positive impact that this has had on her life as a widow who lives alone away from her home town with no family members living locally.This is expected to be on air in March 2018 as West Sound plan to do a promotional piece on the issues surrounding loneliness and social isolation on young people, older people and the farming community too. Well done Margaret, you were brilliant!
Our befriending service for local older people, known as Food Train Friends, has achieved the 'Quality in Befriending' (QiB) accreditation award in January 2018, independently assessed by Befriending Networks. This award confirms our Friends service is delivered and managed to national QiB standards in the UK. We are delighted to receive this recognition from Sarah Van Pullen, CEO at Befriending Networks.
We held a very successful training workshop in Stranraer this month for our newest Volunteer Befriender recruits who are all keen to help us to address and reduce loneliness and social isolation in older people in the Stranraer and Rhins area. If you would like more information, please contact our Stranraer based Development Officer, Alan McLachlan, on 01776 704831 (works Monday - Thursdays) and he will be pleased to assist. You can also email email@example.com
Our New Year party in full swing at St Georges on 10 January 2018 with our friends from Summerhill Community Centre. Big thanks to Bill and Neil from 'The Virginians' who provided the musical entertainment and well done to David and Paddy for winning the quiz. Age is no barrier to fun at Food Train Friends and dancing improves our balance - click on attached ageing-better link below for more info