Shopping Friend

  • VO84320


Food Train Connects 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. The Connects Shopping Friends service is a fantastic way to make an impact on the lives of older people in your community. The aim is to support older people to eat well, age well and live well.

The role is 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 provides support for older people who may be isolated and lonely and needing extra support with weekly grocery shopping as well as other activities. Volunteering with Food Train Connects makes an impact on the lives of older people in your community. Our aim is to support older people to eat well, age well and live well in their own home as long as they wish.










2 hours per week


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: Shopping friends will be matched with an older person near them, ideally within 5 miles. Although a volunteer can indicate if they are willing to travel further. Volunteers required throughout Fife
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: If the shopping trip occurs outside the volunteer’s own shopping trip they can claim travel expenses up to a maximum 10 miles at 45p per mile or public transport costs. Expense forms submitted on day of shopping and reimbursed within 24 hours
Training details: An informal introduction by video call, induction, ongoing training opportunities, support from named member of staff
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.