The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
Food Train were delighted to be presented with the very first Volunteer Friendly Award (in Stirling) by Provost Mike Robbins on Wednesday 5th June at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony, held in the Raploch Community Centre. The Ceremony is part of the annual FESTIVOL which celebrates volunteers and the work that they do to support local communities. The Volunteer Friendly Award recognises organisations who can demonstrate and evidence that they involve, support and value volunteers. Regional Manager Fran Thow accepted the Award from Provost Robbins and stated how delighted Food Train are to be recognised in this way. She also encouraged other organisations to take part in the scheme. Food Train volunteers Ian Corlett, Dorothy Burnage and Elizabeth Mackinnon attended the Ceremony with Fran.
Great news, Crerar Hotels www.crerarhotels.com are supporting Food Train to expand the service in Stirling by donating a massive £9000. Food Train will use the money to purchase an additional delivery vehicle which will provide shopping help to a further 83 older people who are disadvantaged by age-related frailty, disability or ill health and who are struggling to manage this vital task for themselves. The Stirling branch already have 157 registered members receiving weekly support from local volunteers, many of whom consider Food Train as a lifeline. On behalf of older people in the city of Stirling and in the rural communities of Stirlingshire, the staff and volunteers of Food Train would like to say a huge thank you to Crerar Hotels for their support and generosity.
Local SSE employees have selected Food Train as the Charity of their choice, to support under the Company's Employee Supported Volunteering scheme this year. 4 High Voltage linesmen turned up for shopping duty on Thursday 6th December at Morrisons Supermarket to collect groceries for 23 older people living in the Dunblane area. The HV linesmen are based in Dunblane and wanted to do something to help the older people in the community where they work. The team of 4, Stevie, Andy, Ian and John have agreed to shop again for Food Train's Dunblane customers leading up to Christmas. Thank You SSE!
A Parliamentary Reception, hosted by Claudia Beamish, MSP for Scotland South, was held on 21st November 2012 in Holyrood to recognise the positive outcomes for older people supported by Food Train in Scotland. It was a very rewarding afternoon and clearly demonstrated a need for the Food Train service to be made available in other local authority areas. Local customer Mrs Sheona Low from Bridge of Allan attended along with Stirling volunteer Mrs Eleanor Phillips. Mrs Low took the opportunity to tell attending MSPs and other guests of her experience as a customer of Food Train. She spoke highly of the service, the friendliness and helpfulness of Stirling volunteers and of the flexibility of local branch staff.
Food Train has been successfully shopping and delivering groceries for the older people of Stirling since 14th November 2011! With over 100 customers and a team of nearly 50 volunteers, the service runs 4 days a week with 2 vans out each day and supports customers in Stirling, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, plus many rural villages and towns including Callander, Brig O Turk, Killin and Aberfoyle, to name but a few. Local volunteers met together to reflect on the first full year of service and shared some birthday cake to celebrate its success! Feedback from customers has been very positive and a recent survey demonstrated a very favourable response in all questions asked. Volunteers are now looking forward to the year ahead and welcoming many more older people to get on board!
Annabelle Ewing, Regional MSP for Central Scotland and Fife, visited Food Train premises on 11th September to meet staff and to learn more about the services offered in Stirling and the surrounding areas. She was very enthusiastic about the benefits that a shopping and delivery service can bring to an older person's life at home and keen to see Food Train expand across Scotland. Annabelle was complimentary about the dedication and committment of local volunteers who allow the Food Train service to happen 52 weeks a year and will watch with interest to see the developments that lie ahead for the Stirling branch.