Food Train (South Lanarkshire)

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.


Current opportunities

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

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. Upon arrival at the shopping site, a member of staff or experienced volunteer will be there to meet all volunteers, go through the shopping process and answer any questions. They will have all the materials required for the shopping session (PPE, stationary, shopping lists etc.) and will faciliate the session. Volunteers will be tasked with putting the shopping items together, checking shops and boxing up the groceries, ready to go out for delivery. 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.

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 helper, you will be responsible for assisting delivery of the groceries and supplies, out in one of the Food Train vans, representing the charity, and supporting the team on deliveries with you. We provide training and ongoing support to make sure you are confident with the roles and responsibilities required as a helper, subject to PVG check. Materials such as a van, a satnav, fuel card, etc will be provided. 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.

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.