The latest news from the Renfrewshire branch of Food Train.
The Renfrewshire gang took to Morrisons on Saturday for a bag-packing-fundraising-extravaganza! It was our first fundraiser and we were delighted to have raised a whopping £662.88! They say every penny counts and that sure is the case when you're fundraising. A big thank you to all the volunteers, and friends and family of volunteers who came along to help. It was very hot and busy in the shop but the team didn't let that phase them - infact they were running back to aisles to help customers grab last minute items - Food Train volunteers going the extra mile as always. Thank you to the good people of Paisley for their kind donations. It was a great awareness raising exercise too, with several people expressing an interest in volunteering or referring someone to the service. We'll be back again on Friday 31 October for more bag packing - which is Halloween so watch this space for 'Food Train Do Fancy Dress'...
In celebration of National Volunteers' Week, six Renfrewshire customers took to the camera to thank Food Train volunteers for all they do. We know the difference Food Train services make to older people's lives, we see it week in and week out - and here is a lovely opportunity to hear it too...
To celebrate National Volunteers' Week, we've made a short film to showcase not only what Food Train volunteers do, but the lovely way in which they do it!
If you would like to be part of our growing army of amazing volunteers, contact one of your branches across Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow and Renfrewshire!
People all over the world, join hands and start a Love Train!
We've been filming our volunteers in action over the last few weeks in celebration of Volunteers' Week. Please join us in thanking not only the Renfrewshire team, but to the 600 (and counting!) volunteers across Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Dundee, Stirling and Glasgow. Each and every one unique, each and every one amazing, and vital services like Food could not exist without them. Thank you to ALL our Food Train Volunteers, we salute you!
Jane and Gabby are fine examples of people who are passionate about the care of older people and want to help make a difference:
Jane's a Speech and Language Therapist, and saw an advert in the council tax booklet for Food Train. ‘I was so impressed when I learned that a service like this existed, and I was blown away when I heard how long it had been going for - I just had to pick up the phone and see if I could get involved in some way! I help with the shopping and also out delivering too - just wherever I am needed! The service really is a life line for people, and I love meeting our customers and working as part of the team here in Renfrewshire’. GO JANE!
Gabby works in Morrisons and saw our leaflet before we launched in Renfrewshire. 'I just thought this sounded like a great service. I know a lot of supermarkets have online services, and I'd often wondered how that would work for older people who couldn't shop online. When I found out about Food Train I was so pleased to know things like this go on in the community. Because I work full time, I'm not available to help with the shopping or delivery side, but I come over to the office every Monday morning after my early shift and help take the phone orders. I just love having a wee blether with the customers every week, I've gotten to know them all so well, and yet we've never met face to face. I'm so proud to be part of the team'. GO GABBY!
Just ask Gordon, Stephen and Richard…
These three lovely fellas volunteer at Food Train because they want to do something useful, meet new people and give something to the community whilst they job seek. GO BOYS!
And camera shy Jean G can also vouch for that - she's just been offered a job as a Carer! ‘It was during the interview that I realised how much I learned since volunteering with Food Train, it has really helped me in so many ways and I hope to keep volunteering when I start my new job’. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR NEW JOB JEAN!