National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
Food Train CEO, Michelle McCrindle has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of her services to older people in Scotland. She said "I'm absolutely overwhelmed as I have loved the job I've been doing over the years and it really has been a labour of love more than anything else."
"It has only been made possible by the many, many volunteers who have been such a help and support."
“It’s fantastic as this is the 20th anniversary year at Food Train, and we have still got a few volunteers who have been here for more than 15 years and some customers for more than 18 years."
She added “I have been delighted to take it to where it is now without having to change much, which is a fantastic testimony, and this is a real honour for Food Train which is who I will be accepting it on behalf of.”
Congratulations from all the staff at Food Train for all the hard work you have put in over the years, you have certainly earned your MBE!
To celebrate National Volunteers Week, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway held an award ceremony on Thursday 4th June at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Food Train volunteer Bill Brack was awarded for the Long Service to Volunteering. This award recognises volunteers who have committed long service to volunteering and the organisation they volunteer with. Bill was chosen as the well deserved winner of this award, recognising the dedication and commitment he has made to Food Train as a volunteer over the years. Congratulations!
The 1st to the 7th of June was National Volunteers Week where the contributions made by volunteers across the United Kingdom were celebrated. Along with many other Charity organisations, Food Train celebrated National Volunteers Week. We wanted to recognise and congratulate all the amazing people who volunteer for Food Train branches across Scotland.
They truly make a difference to the lives of older people in their communities. Food Train held a number of events to celebrate the vital help and support volunteers give in helping deliver vital services to older people. We cannot thank enough the wonderful work our volunteers do and for celebrating 20 years on track with Food Train.
The week started off with the first of our 20th anniversary volunteer certificates being presented to volunteers across branches in Scotland as our way of saying a thank you for helping deliver vital services to older people. A range of fundraising activities took place over the week, from tombola to sponsored walks, with volunteers and staff joining in on the fun. Food Train Renfrewshire made a video with a collation of customers photo's thanking volunteers for collecting orders, shopping and delivering their food shopping. To view please click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89BGEGO1pQ.
We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to win funds for older people. Vote for us at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/887. This will help us make a difference to the lives of older people across Scotland to eat well, live well and age well.
With an ever growing amount of evidence that emphaises money spent on prevention can bring better solutions and outcomes for individuals whilst minimising future costs to the public sector, in particular reduced hospital admissions with sevices provided by Food Train. According to the Alliance report 'The Power of Prevention' highlights how crucial the role played by the third sector is in it's delivery, partly through their specialist expertise, ability to engage with vulnerable groups and their flexible and innovative approach to prevention. To read more on the report, including a section dedicated to the work of Food Train please click on the link: http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/download/library/lib_5514377a31e6c/ …
...Equal Opportunites Committee
Food Train CEO, Michelle McCrindle alongside other representatives from the third sector gave evidence on age and social isolation to the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee on Monday 16th March. In the morning, Equal Opportunities Convener, Margaret McCulloch MSP, and John Mason MSP, accompanied Chris Curtis from Food Train Glasgow as he makes a deliver of shopping in Shettleston. To read more click on the link: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/isolated-scots-living-without-power-5346016