Volunteer Driver

  • VO87632


Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently.
Local volunteers provide weekly deliveries of fresh groceries and essential supplies to older people experiencing difficulties doing their weekly grocery shopping, ensuring they can eat well.

As a volunteer delivery driver, you will be responsible for driving one of the Food Train vans, representing the charity, and supporting the volunteers helping with deliveries.

We provide training and support until you are confident with the roles and responsibilities required as a driver, subject to PVG check. Once in the role as a volunteer driver, we provide a van, a satnav, fuel card, and other materials required for delivery (to collect these items, you must be able to arrange transport for yourself to get to the Food Train Glasgow office in Govanhill, Glasgow. Out of pocket travel expenses will be covered).
Shopping that has been done earlier in the day will be ready for collection from the Kingsgate Retail Park Sainsbury's, to be delivered to the Food Train Members in South Lanarkshire.

This is a great opportunity to help local older people who may be experiencing difficulty in doing their grocery shopping due to ill health, disability, frailty or mobility problems.

Organisation aims and objectives

Food Train Connects aims to connect two groups of people: Older people (aged 65+) throughout Scotland requiring a little bit of a helping hand to continue living comfortably and contentedly at home; and Volunteers who are willing to provide that regular support to help improve the quality of life of someone living nearby. During the current coronavirus crisis, our support is focusing on vital shopping provision, however over time, this site will be extended to help meet the wider needs of older people living at home across the country. If you would like to tell us what kind of wider support would benefit you or someone you know, please contact us at shopping@thefoodtrain.co.uk or 0800 304 7924. If you or someone you know would benefit from help with weekly shopping, or if you would like to volunteer to support someone in your community, please click the buttons below to sign up.










Volunteering times can vary depending on various factors such as the demand for the service each week and the number of volunteers available to help on delivery. You are required to commit to to full session. Driving shifts start between 9:00 - 10:00 AM (with staggered start times to maintain social distancing) and are generally 3 hours in length.


Experience required: Driving. Desirable but not essential: 1 year's driving experience, clean driving licence, experience driving transits/vans.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Out of pocket travel expenses to and from volunteering. Evidence is required.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.