Dumfries & Galloway News
The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.
Our CEO presented four of our first ever Volunteer Befriender recruits in Dumfries (way back in 2012) with their 5 year 'Silver' Long Service Awards at our Christmas Friends event this week. Pictured (left to right) are Leigh, Richard, Brenda and Colin and our CEO Michelle Carruthers (right) with their certificates and silver badges.
Our Dumfries Friends branch held our annual Christmas Party this week at the fabulous Crichton Golf Club which included a lovely meal, Christmas singing from Brownhall Primary School, 5 Year Long Service Awards for four of our wonderful Volunteer Befrienders, a FREE raffle for hampers AND a visit from Santa too! Magic.
Once again the Rotarians from Dumfries Rotary Club have been busy fundraising to provide a lovely bag of M&S 'goodies' for distribution to local older poeople in Dumfries this Christmas by Food Train.
We are, of course, delighted to be able to assist with this marvelous gesture and act of kindness. 72 bags with 15 items and an average value of £24.54 per bag will be distributed by us before Christmas. Pictured are some local Rotarians and M&S staff loading a Food Train van with help from our long serving volunteer, Sally Gibb.
A number of our Friends customers (members) from across the D&G region attended our 6 monthly Customer Forum on 22 November 2017 in our HO in Dumfries to provided essential feedback and ideas on the service to staff on various subject headings which will assist us in planning the service next year and beyond. A BIG thank you to all who attended and contributed. The next meeting in May 2018 will be held in Newton Stewart. #customerengagement
We trained another seven new volunteer befrienders in the Stewartry in November 2017 at Castle Douglas Community Fire Station's training room. Pictured with local Development Officers Shelley and Isobel are our latest recruits. If you wish to join us and think you can help reduce loneliness and isolation with local older people, then please give us a call on 01556 288427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends Staff attended this years Befriending Networks Annual Conference and AGM 2017 in Edinburgh on 3 November and are pictured with the new CEO at BN, Sarah Van Pullen during a break in procedings.
Friends Project Manager Scott McGill recently met with Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers Club to brief them on the great work and many services available from Food Train for local older people at a recent Beetle Drive fund raiser in Holywood Village Hall near Dumfries. Scott is picture with Ben and Lizzie from the Lower Nithsdale YFC who have chosen Food Train as their Charity Partner of the Year for 2017-18.
Food Train Friends from across D&G enjoyed a fabulous trip to the Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs recently to hear all about the 'National Kitchens 1917' project from Dr Bryce Evans from Liverpool Hope University. Those present enjoyed a 1917 style meal of the day whilst sitting together (which is what the government project was all about at that time - social and healthy eating during wartime Britain). A jazz band played music from the period and a great day was had by all 50 people in attendance. A big thank you to the staff and volunteers from the museum who worked hard to feed us and look after us all. #nationalkitchens1917
A few of our Dumfries members enjoyed a fun game of indoor bowling recently at St George's Hall. Winners were Chattie and Ruby once the scores were added up!
Training is really important in life so we regularly host training workshops for new and old volunteer befrienders in our Friends service.
Pictured here are some volunteers who attended a recent workshop in Dumfries.
Mobility Scooter for sale following a donation by a grateful customer who no longer requires it. It is a Roma Murcia R300, (colour red) circa 1-2 years old only, good condition with 2 keys provided. Currently located in Dumfries.
Buyer collects. Offers in region of £1000 are invited - call Scott on 01387 279111. All sale proceeds to Food Train Friends. Scooter comes with a cover for external storage. It folds up and can go into a car according to current owner.
Here are a couple of our newest Upper Nithsdale based members (left pic) enjoying shopping in the rain in Ayr in a typical Scottish Summer in late June...but they loved having the opportunity to go out with others and to shop safely with transport provided. Also on the trip were Jean and Agnes (right pic) from Sanquhar pictured with our volunteer Catherine coming out of a shop smiling, despite the rain! Call us for more info on 01387 279111
Sponsored Digital Walkers from our Dumfries branch (staff and volunteers) pictured at the halfway point at the Kingholm Quay on 30 June 2017 keeping fit,healthy and active. If you want to join our team please call us on 01387 270800 to discuss roles available.
We had fun filming this week with our partners from Carnegie Trust UK following the 'Friendly Dumfries' test of theory that there is kindness in our Dumfries community prior to their final report being published soon. Thanks to all who attended and spoke on camera - there were a few nervous people in the room, but they were all stars!
Our Stranraer 'Friends' members enjoyed a super trip to Logan Botanic Gardens this month and enjoyed a lovely lunch in The Potting Shed cafe. We then had a short trip to the village of Port Logan, scene of BBC TV's '2000 Acres of Sky' just a few years ago. A great day was had by all with a sing-a-long on the bus...and the weather was just right too!
Graham Anderson (right) presented a cheque for £1000 to Scott for Food Train Friends recently following the Dumfries Charity Choir events in 2016 when they met at another local charity event.
Dumfries members of Food Train Friends enjoyed a wonderful afternoon out in the sunshine at the Guid Nychburris Parade 2017 and were delighted to win 2nd prize in the advertising category too! Thanks as always to Gobert for driving and to our volunteers for helping out on the day and for making the bunting (Aliceann) in Food Train colours.
Our Dumfries Friends members enjoyed a fantastic intergenerational event hosted by Maxwelltown High School in Dumfries on 14 June 2017 to celebrate our Guid Nychburris (Good Neighbours) event with a Tea Party, dancing and games. Our good friends from Summerhill Community Centre joined us to to make it a truly wonderful event. A HUGE well done to the pupils at Max High for their hard work and warm welcome - we will be back!
Bill McCafferty from the Esh Charitable Trust popped into our Head Office on 1 June in Volunteers' Weeks 2017 to make a donation of £500 to help us purchase equipment for our day activities programme for local older people in D&G. Bill is pictured with Scott and Jane and local volunteers Colin, Mary, Rhianne and Aliceanne who popped in for a chat, a cuppa...and a cake!
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!