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Food Train Founder Jean Mundell MBE commemorated in Dumfries

Involved from idea to reality Jean Mundell MBE played a starring role in the early years of Food Train.  Her drive and determination were legendary and Food Train's survival through tough early years were mainly down to Jean's tenacity.  Failing health made it difficult for her to be as involved in her latter years but she kept a watchful eye and remained active in setting the strategic direction of the Charity right up to her death in 2006.  Food Train were thrilled to learn that Jean had been selected by a community vote to be commemorated forever with a portrait bench in Dumfries alongside JM Barrie (creater of Peter Pan) and Kirkpatrick McMillan (inventor of the bicycle).  It was with great pride that staff, volunteers and members past and present joined together to see the unveiling of the bench.  Jean would be enourmously proud to be honoured this way and would be delighted with the progress Food Train is making all over Scotland.

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Governance International highlights our good work

As part of their work with the Scottish Government, highlighting best practice and showcasing examples, Governance International heard all about the work of Food Train and have created a great case study of our work in recent years.  To read all about it, just follow the link below.

http://www.govint.org/good-practice/case-studies/the-food-train-supporting-older-people-to-eat-healthily-at-home/

We hope this will help other areas of Scotland realise the benefits Food Train can bring to local older people, local shops and local volunteers and get on board with our national expansion program.

Food Train recognised in Stirling as Volunteer Friendly!

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.

The Crerar Hotels Trust donate a massive £9000 to expand the service in Stirling

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.