National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
In preperation for Befriending Week 2014, the Befrienders Network recently got in touch with Food Train Friends. They were looking to speak to a befriender and befriendee about their experiences.
Betty, one of our befriendees, and Colin, a befriender, spoke about their involvement with Food Train Friends and befriending.
Betty had this to say "I find it very, very helpful. I don’t think I could do without it to be honest.They’re very kind." You can read what else Betty and Colin had to say on the Befriending Network webpage, http://befriendingweek.org/test/older-people/the-food-train/.
Food Train proudly holds a Silver "Healthy Working Lives" award as an organisation. As part of this commitment to promoting healthy working lives, Food Train Staff are taking part in the annual "No Biscuit" Week!
The idea is that instead of having a biscuit at break time, staff will have healthy snacks like fruit and nuts. We'll see how everyone does over the course of the week. There are few biscuits fiends in the various Food Train offices, so it could be a long one for them!
Today has seen the launch of our first ever crowdfunding campaign. Food Train is trying to raise £1,000 over 28 days to buy some new pastic boxes.
The boxes are used by our volunteers, to carry the shopping they deliver to our customers. Without our volunteers we wouldn't have a service, but their job would be almost impossoble without the boxes they use. Which is why they are so vitally important!
We're raising money on Indiegogo a popular crowdfunding platform. If you think you'd be able to contribute, please check out the page. If you're not able to contribute, you can still help by going onto the page and the sharing it with all your friends and family!
Our Indiegogo page can be found at - http://igg.me/at/foodtrainneedsnewboxes/x/8069995. Thank you!
The issue of manutrition amongst older people in Scotland came up yesterday in the Scottish Parliament. During portfolio questions, Margaret Mitchell MSP for Central Scotland asked the Scottish Government "what measures it is taking to combat malnutrition, which affects some of the most vulnerable older people" (S40-03329). Writing on the Alliance website, our CEO Michelle McCrindle gives thoughts on malnutrition amongst older people and how Food Train is helping, as well as an insight into the newly formed Scottish Older People's Food Task Force. Read what she had to say here.
Food Train was mentioned in a Members' debate in Parliament last month. Margaret McDougall, MSP for West Scotland, brought the debate on the subject "Recognising the Impact of Loneliness on Physical and Mental Health - That the Parliament notes with concern the impact that loneliness can have on physical and mental health".
Research has found that 10% of over 65's in the UK say that they are lonely or very lonely. Food Train is helping to reach out to these people in Dumfries and Galloway via our befriending service - Food Train Friends, and it is good to hear that that is being recognised in the Scottish Parliament.
You can watch the whole debate on Youtube, below is a small clip which includes the section where Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, mentions Food Train.
Food Train has recently signed up to BT's MyDonate service. It is one of the few online giving platforms which makes sure charities recieve 100% of the donations given to them, unlike some others. We're really excited about this new way that our supporters can donate to us.
You can donate to Food Train on MyDonate directly via the donate now button, by supporting someone who is fundraising for Food Train or by starting your own fundraising page for an event your holding or taking part in.
Check out our profile page here: http://bit.ly/1mC1uPd, and keep your eyes peeled for events we'll be fundraising for in due course.