Dumfries & Galloway News
The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.
A few of our Stranraer Friends members enjoyed a wonderful trip in the sunshine to Ballantrae Garden Centre recently and got a free mini-train trip thrown in for good measure after lunch and shopping.If you live in the Stranraer area and would like to learn more or even join us, please give us a call, we can help more older people in this area right now!
We recently had a wee trip into Ayrshire with Dumfries and Sanquhar Friends. It was so popular we plan to go back again soon.
Two full buses is always nice to see too,along with happy faces.
Our wonderful Dumfries 'Friends' customers and volunteers attended a super Christmas Party in mid-December at the Crichton Golf Club Restaurant and were entertained by the Brownhall Primary School 'Glee Club' members plus we had a visit from Mr Claus too!
Best wishes to all of our customers and volunteers for 2017
Dumfries Rotary Club recently donated £1,600 from the annual AM-AM Golf Day held in Dumfries. Rotary President Arthur Murphy and Secretary Tom Marchbank made the presentation to Regional Manager Helen McAnespie. Also pictured is Willie Linton from Dumfries Care Trust and Karen McMeeken from Dumfries Cardiac Unit who also received donations.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson joined local volunteers Patrick and John on deliveries today as a VIP volunteer. Ronnie saw first hand the fabulous job our volunteers do on a daily basis supporting our local older community. Thanks for your time Ronnie we hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
New van for Dumfries
We are delighted to have taken delivery of an additional delivery van for our Nithsdale branch courtesy of funding support from Annandale & Nithsdale Community Benefit Company. This support is very much appreciated by everyone at Food Train.
We are currently looking for volunteer drivers in our Dumfries branch, if you would like more details please call 01387 270800.
Food Train Friends in the Machars self-proclaimed ‘Apple Pie Brigade’ visited Logan Botanic Garden on Thursday 9th April. Situated at the south-western tip of Scotland and warmed by the Gulf Stream, it offered a day full of sunshine, exotic plants and good company. The garden was glorious, with peaceful ponds, plants from ‘the age of the dinosaur’ and thought-provoking sculptures. The cameras were clicking all day to capture the beauty of the garden. Special thanks to the staff who were fantastic, and the apple pie was declared superb! The finishing touch was celebrating volunteer Davina’s birthday with an amazing chocolate cake. She very kindly brought some back to the office to share, so happy faces all round!
Food Train Friends customers and volunteers in Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries enjoyed a pre-Easter evening outing to Thornton's at Gretna Gateway on Tuesday 24th March. In all, Twenty Six enjoyed tasting various chocolates with a cup of tea, a demonstration in gift-wrapping, making flowers out of ribbon and all had a go at decorating our own Easter egg. A great time was had by all and there was even a wee birthday surprise for Lillian who was 91-years-young!
Food Train Friends customers enjoyed a trip out on Thursday 19th March to the 200 year old Savings bank Museum at Ruthwell, finding out about the first savings bank in Scotland. A trip was also made to the nearby famous 7th century Ruthwell Cross with a lunch stop being made at Hetland Garden centre.
On Friday the 13th of February, Food Train Friends had a trip to Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT). It was a return trip by popular demand. Two minibuses took customers for a spot of lunch and a talk was held by Brian Morrell on the work of the centre plus there was a viewing of the birds being fed at 2pm. Overall the trip was a great success and it is now set to become an annual trip.
Food Train Dumfries and Galloway has recently taken delivery of a new van. This was made possible with a grant from SSE Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) community fund administered by Foundation Scotland. (‘Funded from the SSE Clyde (Dumfries & Galloway) Community Fund’). This has enabled us to replace one of our older vans with a newer, bigger and more efficient van allowing us to continue to provide the vital and much needed service to our customers.
With so much in the press recently highlighting loneliness among older people, it was a great chance for our Food Train Friends service to show how easy it can be to bring friendhip, happiness and improved social contact to isolated older people. Border TV News filmed volunteer Ronald and Food Train member Edna at their weekly social visit where Ronald is also helping Edna learn to skype so she can keep in touch with friends and family living elsewhere. Click the link to watch our TV stars in action http://tinyurl.com/o2wfqfk
Dumfries Food Train volunteers went that extra mile to help local members make the most of their weekly shopping order with a trip to the local supermarket to see what's on offer. The volunteers completed all their weekly deliveries as normal then swapped the delivery van for the Food Train Friends minibus to help some of the local members enjoy an outing to get some extra shopping and see what's new on the shelves. All agreed it was a great day out with local members gaining lots of new things to add to their weekly shopping list.
Food Train Friends recently signed up their 100th volunteer befriender signed up. The service launched in 2010 as a pilot project in Annandale and Eskdale and since then has gone from strength to strength.
In October, 2013, Food Train Friends recieved over £500,000 from Big Lottery Scotland to help develop the service across the whole Dumfries and Galloway region. Thanks to that funding, the service recently launched in the Newton Stewart area and has proven to be a big successs.
Without the volunteer befrienders, the Food Train Friends service wouldn't be able to function. So it is a great testament to the service that the number of befrienders continues to grow!
Our Stewartry branch based in Castle Douglas is currently looking to recruit additional volunteer drivers and delivery helpers to assist us in delivering grocery shopping to our many customers in the area. If you are interested in joining the team please contact our local area co-ordinator Jif Hyde on 01556 288427 or 0750 732 1874 or e-mail Jif@thefoodtrain.co.uk for more details. Volunteering is very rewarding and great fun so why not give it a go and give us a ring.
Here is the lovely Jean and Ann, a new 1-2-1 partnership set-up and supported by our befriending staff from Food Train Friends. Look at those lovely big smiles, that is what volunteering is all about - Happy Volunteers Week from the Dumfries and Galloway Team.
Food Train and Food Train Friends had a good day at Sainsbury in Newton Stewart last Saturday, 11th April, promoting our services. There were lots of opportunities to give out information, chat to people about what we do and also tell them about our new befriending service in The Machars (DG8) region of Dumfries and Galloway.
Thank you to our fabulous volunteers for organising this event, to Sainsbury for their support, and to all the lovely people who we stopped to speak to us. Lots of positive comments about Food Train, and we also have some names for new customers and volunteers. A grand day all round!
This is one of our volunteers Tony, explaining how Food Train works to a potential customer.