The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
Food Train Volunteers raise £415.13 from a Charity Bag Pack at Morrisons Supermarket in Springkerse Retail Park
Volunteers of Food Train would like to thank the customers of Morrisons supermarket in Springkerse Retail Park for their generosity during a Charity Bag Pack event on Saturday 8th June 2013. Weekend shoppers donated their loose change to Food Train volunteers who helped pack their groceries for them, raising a fabulous £415.13. The money will be used to purchase uniforms for our volunteers, so they are easily identified by our older customers when we visit them at home. Also thanks to Morrisons for allowing us to carry out the event at their store and all their wonderful staff who were so helpful on the day. Food Train volunteers who 'packed with a smile' to raise funds for this worthwhile cause were Eleanor Phillips, Faith Pentland, Elizabeth Mackinnon and Dawn Thow. A BIG Thank You to all of you for giving up even more of your time to do this.
Food Train are delighted to announce that The Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh, have made an award of £1000 to support our expansion in Stirlingshire. The money will be used to kit out our new vehicle with equipment essential for providing the service and safety equipment to protect our volunteers whilst carrying out their duties. This is a fabulous contribution which will help to sustain and grow a valuable service for older people who need help. On behalf of all our existing and pending customers, the staff and volunteers of Food Train would like to say a massive thank you to The Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh for their support and generosity.
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.