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Food Train (Stranraer)

Food Train (Stranraer)

Charity registered in Scotland SC024843

Food Train is a grocery shopping, befriending and household support service for older people assisting and enabling them to live at home independently for as long as they are able.


Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home. Our preventative services address the difficulty older people face getting their weekly grocery shopping, doing jobs around the house and the growing isolation that comes with failing health. We also aim to provide a wide range of supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and ability.


We envisage our organisation as a ‘one stop shop' for older people - by providing services or helping them access services to help them live independently at home for as long as they wish and are able.

we will respect our customers right to dignity, choice and independence in their later years
we will deliver our services with flexibility, openness and a ‘can-do' approach
we welcome diversity in volunteering and will respect and value the contribution made by our volunteers
we will develop and value working relationships with a wide variety of community partners

Current opportunities

Food Train provides a low cost home delivery service of grocery shopping to elderly people who aren't able to get out and shop for themselves. Our volunteer shoppers shop from orders that customers have written. Effective checking of the order whilst shopping makes sure that our customers get what they want. Shoppers start at 9.30am in Morrisons, Stranraer and shop until the orders are finished - it usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Volunteer shoppers generally shop weekly or fortnightly.

If you can spare one day per week or fortnight then you could drive The Food Train van around the area collecting shopping lists or making grocery deliveries to our customers, providing vital social contact for isolated people. You would have another volunteer helper with you to help deliver the groceries and manage the payments. Shopping orders are collected on one day and taken to the shops, where the orders are prepared ready to be delivered the next day. Knowledge of the local area helpful but not essential, street maps and full vehicle insurance provided.

If you can spare one day per week or fortnight then you could go out with The Food Train van around the area collecting shopping lists or making grocery deliveries to our customers, providing vital social contact for isolated people. You would help sort the shopping lists for the correct shops, collect the prepared orders and manage the cash float and customer's change. No experience of cash handling or banking required but volunteers need to be willing to learn new skills and be comfortable with handling cash payments.

Friendly, outgoing and organised volunteers. This opportunity would suit people who enjoy talking to others, are able to listen and have a couple of hours free each week/fortnight that they could spend talking to an older person. Full training will be given and out of pocket expenses will be paid. The aim of food train friends is to improve the quality of life for our customers, by providing them with a befriending service on a regular basis. Volunteers will provide a consistent and reliable support to help customers experience social interaction on a regular basis. Due to increased demand for our services food train friends is currently looking for more adult befriending volunteers in the Stranraer area. Ideally the befriender should have some spare time on their hands each week or fortnight to provide a befriending service to elder, isolated and lonely people by simply providing company, conversation and activities. We provide a one to one service, a telephone service and a group outing service for our customers. Full training, guidance and support will be provided. The ideal candidate is someone who has good life experiences, a sense of humour amongst other skills.

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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