The latest news from the Renfrewshire branch of Food Train.
One of Food Train Renfrewshire's customers turned 102 on 29 July! Happy Birthday to Mabel Nixon from Erskine. Mabel is a fine example of an older person who has the right support to enable her to live independently at home. Mabel has a fanatastic sense of humour, and much loved by our volunteers who see her twice a week. We asked Mabel what her secret is, and she said she didn't know but that she would quite like to order a toy boy in with her messages this week. We hope your birthday wishes come true Mabel! Mabel is pictured here with Regional Manager Marri Welsh and volunteer Hilda Price.
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'...
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!