National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thank you to Campbells for the kind donation of shortbread, which was given out to customers and volunteers at the 20th anniversary party.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Thank you very much to 8020 Ltd, for the kind donation of an iPad Air gold for our 20th anniversary partyraffle prize draw which will take place on the 23rd Septmeber at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Above: Michelle McCrindle, CEO (Left) accepting the iPad Air Gold from Gemma (Right) at 8020 Ltd.
Earlier this summer Food Train Glasgow recieved a visit from Eilidh Smith, a Policy Manager in the Scottish Government's Adult Social Care Policy Team, who came out to help with deliveries and meet some of the customers. Eilidh's blog has just been published, click on the link to read all about it: http://blogs.scotland.gov.uk/health-and-social-care-integration/
Food Train won the Guardian Charity Awards in 2004 and it played a significant role in Food Train’s expansion. It enabled Food Train to expand across Scotland from a small to a national charity. Click on the link to read more about the difference winning the award made to Food Train more than a decade later: http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2015/jul/28/five-inspiring-success-stories-from-the-guardian-charity-awards.
It's that time of year again when Food Train staff commit their focus to replacing their favourite biscuit (or 2) with a healthier snack! This year No Biscuit Week will run between Monday 27th July and Friday 31st July.
Food Train is a Healthy Working Lives (Silver Award) employer and is proud to promote and support healthy choices for our staff in the workplace.
Above are a selection of pictures with Food Train staff showing their commitment to No Biscuit Week. Top: At our head office in Dumfries, Sandy tucks into a nice healthy fruit pot. Centre: In North Ayshire Clare (Left) and Marri (Right) trade biscuits for a nice juicy apple. Bottom: Meanwhile, Angela in Stirling is 'enjoying' a healthy pear instead of a sugar crammed biscuit. You can see she is really enjoying our 'No Biscuit Week' challenge! Anyone can join in, are you with us?