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Food Train Friends

Food Train Friends is a befriending service providing trips out, home visits and telephone calls, bringing some fun, laughter, friendship and social contact to older people in need who live in Dumfries & Galloway.

How does it work?

  • Food Train Friends is an award-winning befriending service for local older people.
  • We provide telephone contact, 1-2-1 home visits and organise group outings and activities.
  • Befriending volunteers provide an informal social support service where Food Train customers pay an annual membership fee to enjoy the services available. 
  • Befriending services are provided at regular intervals to provide regular contact with our people and ensure there is always a friendly face to talk to and enjoy a cuppa with.

Who can use Food Train Friends?

  • Any older person (age 65+) living in our Friends service areas can enjoy the benefits of Food Train Friends membership subject to service provision locally, capacity and volunteer availablity.  Due to limited resources and a growing demand for our service, priority is given to those who live alone and independently in their own home.   

Where do we operate in Dumfries and Galloway?

  • Food Train Friends operates in Annandale & Eskdale, Dumfries, Mid & Upper Nithsdale and the Wigtownshire area and from early 2017, the Stewartry area also will also go live.  

How much does it cost?

  • We ask members of Food Train Friends to pay a small annual membership fee of only £12 a year plus £1 Food Train membership. Total to pay only £13pa. A discounted fee is available for couples - please enquire.     
  • Each group activity will have a small cost attached to it to cover associated costs such as refreshments,hall hires or transport/fuel.  

How to get in touch with us:

 Jean and Ann June 2014 1

Customer Jean enjoying a home visit from her volunteer befriender Ann with a cuppa, a smile and a chat!   

Food Train Friends Dundee

How does it work?

  • Food Train Friends is a befriending service for local older people.
  • We can provide telephone contacts, home visits and group outings and activities.
  • Befriending volunteers provide an informal low level social support service where Food Train customers pay a small annual membership fee.We cannot provide personal care.
  • The befriending service is always provided at regular intervals to ensure regular contact and to ensure there is always a friendly and safe face to talk to.

Who can use Food Train Friends in Dundee?

  •  Any older person in Dundee can enjoy the benefits of Food Train Friends membership.

How much does it cost?

  • We ask members of Food Train Friends for an annual membership fee of £12 a year only plus, of course, £1 Food Train membership. Total to pay £13pa.    
  • Each group activity will have a small cost attached to it to cover associated costs such as refreshments,hall hires or transport.

How to get in touch

  • Dundee Office: Office D, Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee, DD1 3NH. Telephone number: 01382 459202. Email: Rhea@thefoodtrain.co.uk 
  • Food Train Friends Dundee is led by our development officer Rhea Long.