National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
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.
Food Train is launching a brand new service in Scotland. Meal Makers is a neighbourhood meal sharing project, based upon Casserole Club designed by FutureGov, where local people cook and share extra portions of their own home cooked food with an older person living nearby in need of a good meal. Cooks and diners are matched up and meals are tracked through a web platform mainly with a small team providing customer care support, recruiting cooks and taking referrals for diners.
We're looking for passionate Staff to help launch and develop the service. There are three jobs available; Project Lead, Customer Development Officer and an Administrator, all to be based in the Glasgow area. If you'd like more information or to apply, see the Vacancies tab at the top of the page or click the link http://bit.ly/1psWQE0.
Due to ongoing increases in demand, we're looking for two new Area Coordinators to complement our current team. We're looking for hands on people who want to get involved. The two positions will be based in Stranraer and Anna respectively, are part time (21 hours a week), with a pro rata salary of £18,385 a year. You can find out more information, and an application pack, via the vacancies tab at the top of the homepage or by clicking this link http://bit.ly/1tG8Hyh.
Food Train's CEO, Michelle McCrindle, recently spoke at The Gathering, which is the annual get together of the third sector in Scotland.
Michelle was asked to speak as part of a panel of experts, following a speech about the third sector in an independent Scotland by First Minister Alex Salmond. You can read the whole speech here and the storify of it here.