The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
Food Train is only partly funded by a local authority grant and relies on earned income from a small delivery charge and annual membership fee as well as fundraising efforts to sustain and develop the service in the local community. Some of Stirling's volunteers held a car boot sale on Sunday 4th October to raise much needed funds and collected £294.69 for their hard work and very early start.
Local school St Modans in Stirling has been supporting Food Train by accompanying students from their Autism Base to come along and do some volunteering shopping on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The students have enjoyed their placement and have become great shoppers as well as valuable members of the shopping team. Pictured above are Connor Coupar and Paul Farley who help on a Tuesday morning in Morrisons.
Food Train were recognised at the Inspiring Volunteers Award Ceremony hosted by SVE in Stirling's Albert Halls on 23rd Septmber as winners of the Inclusive Volunteering category. The category was open to nominations from organisations that challenge discrimination and inequality in the volunteering sector and in the wider community. Volunteers Pat McPake and John Clarke were at the ceremony with manager Fran Thow to collect the trophy and certificate from Inspector Jim Young of Police Scotland.
Stirling volunteers and customer Mrs Margaret Neill all ready to attend the 20th Anniversary Tea Party on 23rd September at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. Everyone enjoyed the event and getting together with volunteers and customers from all over Scotland.
Mrs Arthur, Bridge of Allan, called to say " I dont know what I'd do without the Food Train, its wonderful. It was different when I could get out, but I can't now. Its just marvellous. And you get a wee blether too. I cant praise the volunteers enough".
Our volunteers come from all backgrounds with a huge range of life experiences and are aged from 16 to 75 years old. They have one thing in common - they all feel empathy for older people who are struggling to live independently at home and want to do something to help. We are currently building our volunteer shopping teams and also have some limited spaces within our volunteer delivery team. Food Train hold a Volunteer Friendly Award so you can be sure of a warm welcome and will be given support and guidance to help you learn the ropes. You'll meet new friends, have fun, keep fit and go home knowing that you have made a real contribution in your own local community. Call us today. You can make a difference to an older person who is disadvantaged by age related frailty, disability or ill health. Contact 01786 450536, complete an online enquiry form on our home age, or eMail us at firstname.lastname@example.org