Food Train Clacks

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 opportunities

Meal Makers is part of the award-winning Scottish charity, Food Train. Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home by helping to reduce food poverty and malnutrition, improve diets and combat social isolation by breaking down the barriers that lead to loneliness. We are also hoping that the project will help to strengthen connections within communities and provide a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them. Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people with a love for cooking who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food with an older neighbour (or “diner”) who might be unable or lack the motivation to prepare a meal for themselves. Meals can be shared once a week, once a fortnight or every now and then, at times to suit. It is designed to be a flexible volunteering opportunity based on an everyday activity. We do our best to match our volunteers with a like-minded neighbour (similar hobbies, interests and dietary requirements) so that both the cook and diner get the most from their Meal Makers experience; we do find that the volunteers benefit from participating just as much as the older person who receives the meal. Once paired with a diner, cooks then arrange meals directly with them at a time that is convenient for both. The Meal Makers team will be in constant communication with the cooks and diners to ensure that both parties are enjoying the experience. We have regular check-in calls and are always on hand to provide support when necessary. There are no formal qualifications or experience required for this position but we would hope that our cooks have, at the very least, basic home-cooking skills. We hope our volunteers will be friendly and willing to help others. Volunteers must be aged 16 or over and anyone under the age of 18 will have to have parental consent and supervision. This position is also subject to a successful PVG check.

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.

Eat Well Age Well is a national project tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland. Eat Well Age Well is brought to you by award winning Scottish Charity Food Train and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. It is unacceptable that one in ten older people in the UK are malnourished; across Scotland this equates to 103,000 older people. Eat Well Age Well was launched in 2018 and works in collaboration with a wide range of groups including the voluntary sector, local and national government, health professionals and communities, to develop initiatives that will make a difference to older people. Eating Well volunteers will spend time with older people either on a one to one basis or a group setting helping to improve their nutrition and hydration and raise awareness of malnutrition: Directly engage with older people aged 65 years and over at home. Gather information on older peoples’ food likes/dislikes, assessing normal dietary intake (no meals/snacks per day) Provide simple nutrition and hydration advice to meet individual needs e.g. tips on staying hydrated, Food First advice (e.g. little and often or things that could be changed in their diet such as switching to full fat options) Consider signposting to relevant services Use malnutrition tools (e.g. Salford paperweight armband, Patient Association Nutrition Checklist) to raise issue of appetite and weight loss and identify risk of malnutrition Refer to & disseminate Eat Well Age Well, Food Train and Meal Makers project resources Follow guided questions for volunteers and record information To represent Food Train/Eat Well Age Well in a professional manner to older people and the wider community There are no formal educational requirements for this role however knowledge of the needs of and interest in older people acquired through life and family experiences, training received or practice based experience is desirable. Interest in nutrition, health and well-being and making a difference to the lives of older people Good listening and communication skills are required, able to get a good conversation going and build relationships Friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner

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Food Train on the move!

WE HAVE MOVED! From Monday 2nd October our new head office address is Hestan Southwest, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA. Phone numbers, web address, twitter and facebook are all unchanged. If you're in Dumfries, feel free to pop in for a cuppa :-) Read more

Volunteers Week 2017

Celebrations are getting underway here at Food Train to say a massive THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers for everything they do this week and every other week of the year. Every Food Train area across Scotland will be recognising the passion and dedication of our volunteers… Read more