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Stirling News

The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.

Dementia Awareness

Staff of Food Train attended a one day course in Dementia Awareness on 27th September, hosted by Alzheimer Scotland as part of their Action on Dementia Campaign.  Valuable information and expert advice was shared on current Government stratedgy, The Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers, types of Dementia, understanding Dementia, communication challenges for people with Dementia, challenging behaviours, practical ways to help and the impact of immediate environments.  Michelle McCrindle, Chief Executive of Food Train, is keen that all staff and volunteers gain an understanding of dementia to help them in their support of older people.  Volunteers also attended a one day study course in Stirling University, hosted in the DSDC, specifically aimed at volunteers who support people with dementia in their various environments.  Shona Esler and Gill Hall reported how valuable the day was and how meaningful the knowledge gained on the day.  Any volunteer of Food Train is eligible to attend Dementia Awareness training which can be arranged via your local office.  If you, or someone you care for, is worried about Dementia, please contact the 24 hour Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or email

Shoppers Wanted - Can You Help?

Do you love shopping?  Could you spare a few hours a week to help shop for older people in Stirlingshire?  Due to increasing demand we need additional shoppers on a Wednesday morning 8.15 - 11.00.  We shop at Morrisons Supermarket in Springkerse Retail Park and you would be joining a welcoming and friendly team, having a laugh AND burning off about 200 calories!!! If you would like to find out more call Fran or Angela on 01786 450536.  THANK YOU!  Pictured below, volunteer shopper Jean Turner getting to grips with 100 choices of soups!


3rd Van on the road

Thanks to funding from Crerar Hotels Trust, Food Train in Stirling now have an additional van on the road with capacity to deliver to another 83 older people. Seen below is the van ready to go out on its first scheduled route, taking its place alongside our other two vans and volunteers on delivery duties for the day.  Thanks also to Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh for providing funds to kit the van ready for the road and to Onestop Motor Engineers who helped us source and mechanically inspect it.

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Find us on Facebook!

Please visit our new Facebook page at  We are delighted to keep all our supporters and followers up to date with our achievements by posting regularly on Facebook.  Can you help us spread the word about our wonderful grocery shopping and delivery service for older people in Stirlingshire?  All you have to do is visit our page then 'like' and 'share'. 

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Car Boot Sale Boosts Funds

A charity car boot sale held today raised £407.99 from the sale of goods donated by volunteers, customers and friends of Food Train!  This is a great boost to our fundraising activities which will help us sustain and expand the service in Stirlingshire.  A big thank you to everyone who donated goods and to all those volunteers who were up at the crack of dawn to help mann the stall.  Luckily we were under cover so attracted a lot of attention from buyers when the heavens opened and everyone rushed for cover!  Thanks also to the organisers on the day for letting us 'spill over' into another stall area due to the volume of bric a brac we had to sell. Volunteers who stepped up and showed off their selling skills were Margaret Cassidy, Charlie Lennox, Eleanor Phillips, Elizabeth Mackinnon and John Thow along with staff members Angela Edgar and Fran Thow.

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Milestone worthy of recognition

Well done Food Train volunteers who, at the end of July, have contributed a massive 11,051 hours towards helping older people in Stirling with their weekly grocery shop.  Food Train deliver 52 weeks of the year but can only do so with the loyalty and dedication of a team of caring and generous volunteers, all with a common aim, to support older people within their local communities. Food Train launched in the Stirling area in November 2011 and since then 174 older people have registered to receive help from our grocery shopping and delivery service.  Fantastic!