The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
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.
Food Train Stirling had more than the Jubilee to celebrate on Tuesday 5th June. We reached a major milestone with our 1000th delivery since starting the service in November 2011.
A big thanks to Mr & Mrs West from Killearn who joined us in celebrating this landmark delivery.
This week was also the start of deliveries to our rural customers in Balfron, Killearn, Aberfoyle, Drymen and Callander.
Up until now, Food Train Stirling have operated with only one van delivering to all of our customers. We have now taken delivery of a 2nd van which will allow us to not only increase customers in the existing areas but also extend further into more rural areas - west to villages of Gargunnock, Kippen, Balfron, Killearn, Drymen and also north to Callander, Aberfoyle, Brig O Turk, Thornhill.
On 16 January, Food Train welcomed its first customers from Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Previously deliveries were within the Stirling urban areas so we are delighted to extend the service to customers in these new areas.