The latest news from the Glasgow branch of Food Train.
Its been a busy first half of 2018 here in Glasgow and we are supporting more local older people than ever before to maintain their independence at home by providing them with access to fresh groceries. Our Friends service is also working to reduce social isolation in the North East of the city and several members have enjoyed group outings to Loch Lomond, Summerlee Heritage Museum, Scotland Street Museum and The People's Palace amongst other places.
On Friday 9th December, Team Glasgow welcomed Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to the office to draw the winners for our Christmas Fundraising Raffle. We managed to raise in excess of £360 which is fantastic and all of our lucky winners will recieve their prizes before Christmas. We'd like to say a huge Thank You to the First Minister, the companies that donated to our raffle and of course to all of those who participated. Congratulations to all of our lucky winners! Photographed with the First Minister is Glasgow Area Coordinator Fiona, Administrator Tricia, Meal Makers Administrator Danielle, Glasgow's CJS Placement Crystal and the branch's newest member of the team, Friends Development Officer Bev.
Over the last 12 months the demand for Food Train services in Glasgow has continued to grow and we now cover the whole of the City from Drumchapel to Ballieston in the North, Hillington to Carmunnock in the South and everywhere else in between!
We have grown our fleet to 5 delivery vans which are out on the road 3 days per week transporting all the groceries to our ever growing customer base and our team of volunteers are busier than ever before.
As always, we're still looking for people to join us, so if you have some hours to spare during the week and are interested in volunteering then click on the Volunteer link above, fill out the enquiry form and we'll be in touch. Alternatively, feel free to call the branch on 0141 423 1722 Monday to Friday to discuss the volunteering opportunities available. We look forward to hearing from you!
Fantastic news to hear that Food Train Glasgow has been accredited as a living wage employer! Food Train is proud to support our staff with the living wage and appreciate that our efforts in doing so have been recognised by Glasgow City Council.
Demand for Food Train has continued to grow since we launched in Glasgow on 27th February last year. Having initially started in in the South East, we now cover the whole of the South of Glasgow and are now going to offering Food Train to people in the North East of the City too.
To cope with all the extra demand we've bought two new vans to transport all the groceries our new customers will be buying. Joyce Potts, Glasgow Regional Manager, and three volunteers went down to Dumfries for the day to pick them up. After a bit of a false start; a flat battery, and then a clipped wing mirror, they got on the road and the vans will be put to use very soon.
Pictured are Glasgow Volunteers Charlie, John and Kenny, who made the trip down to Dumfries to drive the vans back to Glasgow.