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40,000 people about to spend Christmas alone!

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Brian Sloan, Chief Executive at Age Scotland has written this great piece in The Scotsman on lonelines. The article outlines the detrimental health impacts that loneliness brings and can be as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is estimated that it can increase the risk of death by 10% and can increase the likelihood of heart disease, blood clots and cancer in some cases. Read the full article here:

With an estimated 40,000 older people in Scotland spending Christmas alone this year it is clear to see more needs to be done on tackling the silent killer. You can help tackle loneliness this Christmas by volunteering with Food Train Friends befriending service which offers 1-1 and telephone befriending or if you know an older person that could benefit from this service please call Dumfries on 01387 279111 or Dundee on 01382 459202 or visit:

Food Train Christmas 'Sponsor a Box'

 Food Train are launching a Christmas crowdfunding campaign on to help raise £500 for the purchasing of new shopping boxes to help deliver vital fresh groceries to older people.

It is a tough life being a Food Train delivery box. Carrying shopping from the supermarket, into the vans, out of the van to our customers houses, back into the vans and back to the supermarket.

Repeat three times a week and it is no wonder our boxes begin to show signs of wear with the cracks showing no matter how careful our volunteers try to be. But you can help by joining our Sponsor a Box project. For £10 you not only provide us with a shiny new delivery box, you can also get your name on the box for a whole year.

Here are what some of our customers say about Food Train, customer Mrs Wilkinson (joined 1997) is Food Train’s longest serving member. Local volunteers have been delivering her groceries for over 18 years. She says “I think Food Train is a wonderful thing”. Mrs Arthur said “I don’t know what would do without Food Train, it is wonderful. It was different when I could get out, but I cannot now. It is just marvellous. And you get a wee blether too and I cannot praise the volunteers enough”

With demand for Food Train services increasingly significantly and to satisfy this demand we require more boxes. By donating you will be helping ensure that older people across Scotland this Christmas eat well, live well and age well. 

You can help by contributing to the crowdfunding campaign at: Sponsor a Box - With Food Samples


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