Volunteer Grocery Shopper for older residents of Renfrewshire

  • VO100274


Food Train is an award winning charity providing services to older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Volunteer Shoppers work in our partner supermarket, Morrisons Anchor Mills, to make up the customers’ orders for delivery.

Working as part of team in store each morning the volunteer role includes:

•Making up and checking customers shopping orders from shopping lists provided
•Packing boxes ensuring safe weight distribution
•Putting customers’ orders through the till
•Paying for the shopping using Food Train funds and completing necessary paperwork
•Reporting any matters of concern to Food Train staff
•Informing Food Train Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints
•Maintaining confidentiality
•Representing Food Train in a professional manner to customers 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 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.











Experience required: No formal skills required but a reasonable level of literacy would be helpful for reading shopping lists, item labels etc accurately
Travel details: Paisley Gilmour Street, Paisley Canal and Seedhill train stations are all within 15 min walk. Regular bus routes serve the supermarket with stops on the A726 close to the store.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable out of pocket expenses are payable on receipt of public transport tickets and completed relevant expense forms. Mileage for drivers is £0.45 per mile and is payable on completion of expense form.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet