Dumfries & Galloway News
The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.
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!
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!