The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
Stirling's fabulous volunteers turned out in good spirits for a fundraising Bag pack at Sainsburys and collected £400 from generous customers on the day! Fundraising is vital to sustaining and expanding Food Train's service locally as we only receive part funding from a local authority grant. A massive thank you to everyone who joined in, including Stirling customer Shirley Hyman. Shirley apreciates the service so much she really wanted to come out and help the volunteers for an hour and be involved. Our volunteers not only collected donations but they informed everyone about the Food Train service, so at the end of the day had sore throats as well as sore legs! And as you can see from the photos, smiles all day!
Regional Manager Fran Thow was invited to give a talk to the ladies of the Stirling Inner Wheel about Food Train on Friday 1st April. The ladies were hugely impressed on hearing about the service to support older people and Programme Convernor Anne Rankin said 'There is obviously a fabulous team of volunteers - a band of very special people, loved and appreciated by so many older people in the area'. The Club have promised to spread the word as they go about their business. The Inner Wheel is an international club for women whose 3 main objectives are a) to promote true friendship b) to encourage the ideals of personal service and c) to foster international understanding as well as supporting and fundraising for a number of charities each year. Fran was pictured with President Lesley Niven after the talk.
The local Sainsburys in Stirling delighted Food Train customers this week by surprizing them with a small tray of goodies to celebrate Easter. The tray,containing shortbread, macaroon bars, tablet tofffee and oatcakes, certainly raised a smile and a gave most a reason to put the kettle on! Sainsburys started working with Food Train in June 2015 and have been a great partner, helping us to raise funds, giving out free gifts to customers at Christmas and Easter and by respecting and valuing our volunteers (and often throwing in a free cup of tea or coffee at the end of a hard shift!). Thanks to all the staff at this super supermarket for supporting your local Food Train and its customers!
For some time now Stirling Council Youth Services team have been bringing along young people to volunteer with Food Train to aid their personal development and allow them to experience, first hand, the benefits of volunteering for the individual. Just starting her programme and our latest recruit is Chelsie Buchanan who will volunteer with us for 10 weeks. Welcome aboard Chelsie, you're already part of the team and making a great contribution! Chelsie (left) is with Youth Services support worker Lynn Haden (who also regularly volunteers for Food Train on her days off as well as supporting the young people she brings along on a weekly basis). Thank you for choosing Food Train, we think it's a great partnership!
Long term volunteers Margaret Wynn (74) and her sister, Sadie Mitchell (73) have decided to 'hand in their trollies'! Both Margaret and Sadie have volunteered for Food Train Stirling since its launch in 2011 but recent health issues mean they now have to say 'farewell'. Margaret shopped her last Food Train shop on Wednesday 2nd March (centre with some of her fellow volunteers around her) whilst Sadie unfortunately is still unwell at home. We will really miss them and wish them a happy retirement.