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Michelle McCrindle CEO recieves MBE!

On Tuesday 17th November CEO of Food Train Michelle McCrindle was invested with a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace, London. This was awarded for the provision of services to older people in Scotland.

Commenting on receiving the MBE Michelle McCrindle CEO said "I am proud to accept this on behalf of Food Train and to give recognition to all involved over the years and it was a really enjoyable day".


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Above: Michelle McCrindle CEO being presented with the MBE by the Duke of Cambridge,HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace, London. 

Moving video on loneliness

Channel 4 Loneliness

Recently Channel 4 News showed a video which highlights the effects of loneliness. This moving insight shows how older people are socially isolated through a variety of reasons, from the passing of a loved one to loosing close friends. Food Train Friends service helps tackle this silent killer through a variety of befriending services including 1-2-1 and telephone befriending. All made possible with help from volunteer befrienders who can offer companionship to older people across most of Dumfries and Galloway and Dundee. If you can help combat loneliness and isolation by volunteering with Food Train Friends please contact Dumfries on 01387 279111 who will direct you to your local branch or 01382 459202 for Dundee. There are opportunities for group, 1-2-1 and telephone befriending as well as admin and driving support. To donate and help Food Train Friends reach more older people facing loneliness please donate what you can:

Please take time to watch this moving video on Loneliness:

20th Anniversary Film

The premier of our 20th anniversary film which featured at our 20th anniversary party in the Mitchell Library Glasgow on the 23rd September is now available on our YouTube channel. We are delighted to showcase the story of how people helping people has developed into an award winning Scottish charity. With twenty years of providing vital support services to older people in Scotland, please enjoy and share our story so far!

To watch click on the link:

Get up and Go Booklet

As part of Older Peoples Day 2015, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy alongside Saga and Public Health England produced a booklet entitled 'Get up and go'. The booklet details current myths around falling and includes a checklist which helps you to decide whether you are at risk and there is plenty of advice on how you can reduce your chances of having a fall by improving your balance, muscle strength and more. 

Have a look at the Get Up and Go packed with useful information and tips to help prevent falls:…/files/csp/secure/get_up_and_go_0.pdf 


Older Peoples Day 2015

In celebration of Older Peoples Day 2015 on the 1st of October, Food Train helped spread the word using social media. A series of tweets were sent out throughout the day from our 2015 annual report highlighting the impact of services provided by Food Train. Food Train Facebook accounts helped promote and celebrate Older Peoples Day by posting status updates, including a special befriending trip to Carlisle. 

Older Peoples Day Tweets

Tweets sent out  with extracts taken from our 2015 annual report highlighting the fantastic work carried out by Food Trains befriending service Food Train Friends in helping tackle loneliness. 

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To celebrate Older Peoples Day Food Train Friends took customers to Carlisle for lunch at Houghton Hall Garden Centre followed by a game of ten pin bowling at AMF Bowling. The Autumn sunshine helped make the day a huge success and here are some of pictures of them in action.

Food Train 20th anniversary party celebrations!

Food Train celebrated their 20th anniversary by hosting a party in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow on the 23rd September 2015, at 1pm. To mark this milestone in the history of Food Train, past and present customers, volunteers and staff attended. The event featured the film premier of Food Train’s Story so far, including a birthday message from our longest serving customer Mrs Wilkinson. Customers and volunteers indulged in an afternoon tea and a raffle prize draw took place with entertainment provided by Aonach Mòr.


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Thank you to Campbells for the kind donation of shortbread, which was given out to customers and volunteers at the 20th anniversary party.

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Customers, volunteers, directors and Food Train staff enjoying the 20th anniversary party celebrations. 


Fantastic effort by our West Lothian volunteer Leslie going all out with her home made Food Train nails and earrings.


The premiere of the Food Train 20th anniversary film featuring our long serving volunteer Bill Brack was screened giving a detailed account on the story so far. 

Cutting of the cake

Long serving volunteer Bill Brack and customer Pat Martin cutting the amazing 20th anniversary cake, with each of the seven Food Train branches having their own carriage!

Aonach Mor

The entertainment for the day was provided by Aonach Mor, 3 outstanding musicians in their own right combining the talents of Grant McFarlane, Marianne Fraser & Ron Jappy playing a blend of music for all to enjoy.

 raffle prizes

Thank you to all who donated a raffle prize for our 20th anniversary party prize draw. The winners were spread far and wide and in all £1500 was raised to keep our vital services helping olderpeople to eat well, live well and age well. 

The 20th anniversary party was a great oppportunity to bring together customers and volunteers alike from Food Train branches cross Scotland with many recieiving phone calls from customers expressing how much they enjoyed the day!