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Dumfries & Galloway News

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

Promotional day in Newton Stewart

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!

Tony - Customer - Sainsbury NS 11.04.14This is one of our volunteers Tony, explaining how Food Train works to a potential customer.

Food Train Friends launches in The Machars!

 Great news from Food Train Friends!  We have just  launched our befriending service in the DG8 postcode for people aged 65+.   There are approx 3500 people in this age group living in this area (2011 Census), many of them dealing with loneliness and isolation.  Befriending can vastly improve the quality of life for an older person and increase their links to the outside world. We offer home visits, group outings and telephone befriending.

We are currently recruiting volunteers:  for more information contact Karen (West Area Development Officer) in our Newton Stewart office on 01671 401346 or pop in to see us on 11 April at Sainsbury in Newton Stewart between 9 am – 5pm .

You can also contact Karen via email: or by popping along to our Newton Stewart Office: C/O WRDC Centre, 6-8 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6JL.

Friends - Cyril and Thomas

 This is one of our current volunteer befrienders, Thomas, on a 1-2-1with Cyril.

Successful fundraising in Dumfries Morrisons

Volunteers and Staff from Food Train Dumfries and Galloway spent a succesful morning fundraising in Morrisons, Dumfries, a couple of weeks ago. A small stall was set up with leaflets and collection tins, meaning people could stop and have a chat about Food Train and the services we provide. 

In total, £208 was raised; which is a fantastic sum, considering we were just in for a few hours. Our thanks to Morrisons for letting us setting up our stall.  

First outing for new Food Train Friends mini bus

In October 2013, Food Train Dumfries and Galloway was extremely proud to be awarded £590,474 by Big Lottery Scotland to help tackle social isolation throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Our Food Train Friends service started off in Annandale and Eskdale before expanding through to Dumfries. The funding from Big Lottery means we have been able to hire two new staff members and also buy our very first mini bus. 

Featuring panoramic windows and enough room for 17 Food Train Friends customers, our new mini bus is a great addition to our service. Yesterday, Tuesday 25th of March, was the first outing in the new mini bus. A group of Annandale and Eskdale customers visited Castle Douglas Garden Centre to have a look round and also enjoy some coffee and cake. This was the first of what will be many visits in the future. If you'd like to find out more about our befriending service for older people in Dumfries and Galloway, please get in touch on 01387 27911.

Friends Mini Bus

New partnership with Tesco for Stewartry

Food Train Dumfries and Galloway is delighted to announce that we have entered into partnership with Tesco in Castle Douglas. They will be supporting the Stewartry branch to provide more choice for Food Train customers in the area, supplementing our other supermarket partner in Castle Douglas, the Co-operative.

This is the second Tesco in the region to enter into partnership with Food Train, the other being in Annan. This is good news for our customers as it helps Food Train uphold one of our core values of respecting our customers right to choice in their later years. 

The Stewartry branch has started out offering customers on a Tuesday run the choice of Tesco, and it is hoped that the rest of the runs will be offered the choice in due course. 


One Hundred likes for D&G Facebook page.

Food Train Dumfries and Galloway recently celebrated the 100 likes milestone on our Facebook page. A shout out to all D&G Facebook supporters was posted, asking them to spread the word about our page, and after less than a week the post had been shared 26 times and viewed over 1,000!

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Friends visit to WWT Caerlaverock

Food Train Friends had a day trip to WWT Caerlaverock last week, 26th February. After a hearty lunch in the information centre, friends and volunteers had an interesting talk from staff about the birds that are found at Caerlaverock. Following the talk, there was an opportunity to go outside and feed the swans. However, it was a rather cold and blustery day so only a brave few made it outside, as the photographs below demonstrate!

Friends Caerlaverock 1Friends Caerlaverock 2

Friends attend The Silver Line Launch

Food Train Friends were at the launch of The Silver Line Scotland last night in Edinburgh. We were invited by our working partner and supporter Age Scotland to the event, hosted by TV celebrity Esther Ranzen CBE.

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Scottish launch of The Silver Line

The Silver Line, a new national telephone helpline for older people who may be lonely or socially isolated will be launched in Scotland by TV celebrity Esther Rantzen CBE in Edinburgh on 27 November 2013.

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New partnership with Tesco

Food Train are delighted to be able to offer our Annandale and Eskdale customers the choice of having their shopping delivered either from the Co-op in Annan or now from Tesco in Annan.  Food Train strive to offer their customers the best possible choice and value available and are delighted to be working in partnership with Tesco.

Age Scotland Award Winners

Food Train Friends were delighted to receive this year's Service to Older People Award from Age Scotland.  Staff and volunteers attended the awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.  Food Train Friends offers various befriending options and is growing weekly, our aim is to reduce loneliness and social isolation for older people across Dumfries and Galloway.  Well Done to everyone involved in the service.

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Morning Shoppers Urgently Required

Food Train is an award winning local charity providing services to older people.  We presently need shopping volunteers to help in the Co-op in Annan on Thursday mornings from 8am – 9.30am.


If you are free then and can help please contact the office at 2-4 Bank Street, Annan or call 01461 207778

The Food Train Ltd. Company Number 158165 is a company registered in Scotland.
The registered office of The Food Train Ltd is 30 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DU.


Cheque Presentation

Food Train were delighted recently to receive a donation of £232.04 from the United Reformed Church in Annan.  A special Christmas appeal was held in aid of Food Train as well as a collection during the church's candlelit Christmas service.  Pictured receiving the cheque on behalf of Food Train are Robin Richardson and Roberta Macmillan who are both long serving volunteers.  Also pictured are Helen McNairn, church treasurer and the Reverend Alan McGougan.

Neil Henderson's Charity Cycle

Neil BikingAnnan volunteer Neil Henderson recently completed a charity cycle in aid of Food Train and Food Train Friends.  On Sunday 19th May Neil set off from his home town in Annan and travelled through Longtown up  through Moffat before climbing the Devil's Beef Tub into the Borders and through Lanarkshire into Biggar where he stopped for lunch.  Neil then cycled down through Johnstonebridge into Gretna and back to Annan via Longtown - a total of 150 miles were completed.  Neil had arranged sponsorship for this event via a guess his time for the official 'Down to Longtown' cycle (a total of 125 miles) which he completed in 9 hours and 33 minutes.  There were 2 sponsors who guessed closest at 9 hours 35 minutes, Susan Dunion won a bottle of champagne and Ann Stevens won the bottle of wine.  Neil raised a wonderful amount of £860 for the charity.  Food Train would like to thank Neil for his hard work and continued commitment to Food Train and Food Train Friends.

Well Done Neil.

Funding News!

Following the recent publicity regarding NHS Dumfries & Galloway withdrawing their long standing funding, we are delighted to report that funding has now been reinstated, helping us to carry on providing support to local older people.