The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
Food Train staff and volunteers were very proud to be presented with the Volunteer Friendly Award at the Inspiring Volunteers Awards Ceremony 2016. Food Train were the first Charity organisation in Stirling to receive this award in 2013 and delighted in 2016 to have it renewed for another 3 years, showing 'Sustained Excellence'. Thanks to SVE for a wonderful evening and congratulations to all the other award winners.
Food Train volunteers manned a stall at the Callander Highland Games to raise money for the Charity. A fabulous tombola and tin-can-alley generated a whopping £260. Thanks to everyone for their generous donations of prizes for the tombola and for their time in coming to support the event.
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!