Shopping Friend

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Food Train provides a one to one grocery shopping services for older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Our Connects Shopping Friends service is a fantastic way to make an impact on the lives of older people in your community.

Why Volunteer? It’s rewarding and it makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s amazing the impact that regular support with grocery shopping can have on someone who is isolated or lonely. If you want to make sure that an older person is able to live well in their own home this is a great opportunity to do so.

The Role:
• Contact the older person you are matched with on a regular basis, usually weekly, to obtain their shopping list, carry out their shopping and then deliver to their home, putting away if necessary.
• Submit brief records, receipts for payment and to report any matters of concern to staff
• Keep within the boundaries of the role
• To inform Food Train Connects Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints
• To maintain confidentiality
• To represent Food Train in a professional manner to our members and the wider community

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 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.










Flexible to fit in with your own grocery shopping trip

Frequency and commitment details

3 Months 2 Hours, Weekly


Experience required: • An interest in people and their lives is essential • Friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner • Ability to carry out regular shopping and deliver to older person’s home • Good verbal communication skills are required with a sense of humour who can adapt your conversation to different types of people • Maintain consistent communication with Food Train Connects staff throughout
Travel details: This volunteering takes place in SOUTH LANARKSHIRE across various locations
Minimum age: 16


Expenses details: If you carry out the shopping outside of your own shopping trip we can reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of 10 miles at 45p per mile.
Training details: Initial online induction and welcome. Volunteer handbook. Access to a vartiety of relevant training. Ongoing support from a named member of staff.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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