Food Train Clacks

Charity registered in Scotland SC024843

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, through age, ill health, frailty or disability.
Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries. Teams of dedicated local volunteers across the regions also go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through our library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through our Meal Makers and befriending services.

Our Growth

Following 15 years of successfully supporting older people throughout Dumfries and Galloway, in 2010, Food Train embarked on our ambitious project to make our services available to older people in other parts of Scotland. With support from the Scottish Government, Community Food and Health Scotland and the relevant health and social care partnerships, we are delighted that Food Train services are now available in many more areas.

Our Vision

In order to fulfil our vision for all older people in Scotland, we endeavour, in partnership with our public and independent sector partners, to continue growing and expanding our services and support for older people to enable them to eat well, live well and age well at home.


Current opportunity

Food Train Stirling and Clackmannanshire provide a volunteer led, low cost grocery delivery service to people aged 65 or over who are unable to do their shopping. Customers may come to use the service due to disability, frailty or mobility issues. The service is not means tested or health tested anyone aged 65 or over, living in the Stirling local authority area, who is struggling to access groceries can use the service. We are recruiting for volunteer drivers, helpers and shoppers to support older people across Stirling and Clackmannanshire with their food shopping. Volunteer list collectors work in pairs and collect lists from customers using a Food Train van on a Monday. Once lists are collected, volunteer shoppers work together to gather the shopping in a supermarket either in Clackmannanshire or Stirling. Shopping takes place on a Tues, Wed and Thurs depending on which area the customer lives in. Volunteer drivers and helpers collect the food shopping then deliver it to customers. This includes unpacking the shopping and putting it away for customers if appropriate. We provide an induction and training for volunteers, we also buddy up helpers and drivers with an experienced volunteer. We offer 45p per mileage expenses and cover travel costs. Volunteer shoppers are asked to commit to one morning minimum per week shopping from 8am to 11am. Volunteer helpers and drivers are asked to commit to one day per week which usually starts at 9.30am and may finish around 2pm. We provide water and snacks. After completion of a successful volunteering period we can offer a professional reference. We also provide PVG registration, training and ongoing support in the form of one to one meetings or volunteer meetings.