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Dumfries & Galloway News

The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.

Congratulations to our volunteers

Well done and congratulations to our Dumfries based volunteers who recently received their certificates for completing training in dementia awareness and first aid, we also celebrated another 5 year service award.

Silver Sunday 2018

Here are some photos from our 'Silver Sunday' event held on 7 October 2018 in the Annan Bowling Club with people from Annandale & Eskdale, Nithsdale and Stewartry attending a fun afternoon out with a 'silver' themed quiz, dancing and a raffle with great food, drink and company - same again next year!! Thank you to Morrisons, M&S and Tesco for very generous food and drink donations.  

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Befriender Training hits 200!

We held our latest befriender induction and training workshop in our Head Office training room this month where we hit the magical number of 200 volunteer befrienders having attended over the past few years!  Here are the latest recruits with Scott and Jane. Photo by volunteer Carol.  

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The Shackleton Story...with Ian Wilson

Our Dumfries Friends 'Group' members recently enjoyed the thrilling story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's adventures in 1914-1917 to the Antarctic and South Georgia so well delivered by local traveller Ian Wilson who was out on the Falklands also. A great story enjoyed by our members and volunteer helpers. Thanks to the Troqueer Family Church for the use of their premises (great partnership working and sharing of community  resources) and to our customer Margaret for baking the cup cakes! Lovely. We also had Stand Up Bingo and Musical Bingo to round the day off before heading home. Magic. 

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Promotional Work in D&G

We have been busy in September promoting our range of services across Dumfries & Galloway with appearances at the 'D&G Over 50's Group' Information Fair, MS Society Roadshow (Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis) at Easterbrook Hall and a talk to the ladies of Durisdeer SWI in Mid-Nithsdale. Everyone is excited by our new Meal Makers service!

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Dementia Awareness Workshop in Head Office

We held yet another training workshop in HO this week, this time the subject matter was dementia awareness. Local Alzheimers Scotland expert Mandy Pool delivered an excellent awareness session on dementia and Alzheimers to a group of volunteer befrienders and staff. Food Train is proud to be a Dementia Friendly organisation. Partnership working in action.


Befriender Training in the Stewartry

More volunteer befrienders have been recruited and trained in the Stewartry locality this month as we build a super team of community spirited people to help our local older people feel less lonely and isolated. More info available from our Development Officer, Isobel Henkelmann, who is based in the heart of the Stewartry in Castle Douglas - call Isobel on 01556 288427 for more information on the Friends service.  

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More befrienders trained in Dumfries area

Food Train Friends held our latest in-house volunteer befriender training and induction workshop this month in our Head Office training room. This takes our befrienders trained to a whopping 187 volunteers over the last few years - all lovely, caring and kind people who want to help our local older people have a better quality of life.  

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Our latest 1-2-1 match and introduction visit

This is Mary (and her wee dog Max) being introduced to her volunteer befriender Morag recently. They plan to have a chat over a coffee on a regular basis, which will be great for Mary as she was recently widowed.

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I do like to be beside the seaside!

Our Dumfries Friends members enjoyed a wee trip to Southerness this month thanks to an invite from one of our volunteer befrienders, Isobel, who was a great hostess! You can see the famous Southerness Lighthouse in the background in the photo as well as those who attended. A great time was had by all.  #kindness   

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Guid Nychburris 2018 

Did you spot us and give us a wave at us in the Guid Nychburris 2018 parade on Saturday 16 June in Dumfries? We had a great time promoting Food Train, as you can see.    

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Inside our minibuses - what's it like?

It's great fun with other people in the same boat, so to speak - all just looking for some company and time out of the house with others for a few hours now and again!  

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Dumfries Friends at Troqueer Primary School

Our Dumfries Friends members and volunteers enjoyed a short trip in the June sunshine to Troqueer Primary School to play games and to chat about schooldays then and now over a cup of coffee and a cake. Great fun was had by all. Thanks for having us Troqueer Primary!  #intergenerational work in action #volunteerweek 2018  

Basic CPR and safe use of defibrilator training for volunteer befrienders

We recently trained a number of volunteer befrienders in the Nithsdale locality on basic CPR and the safe use of defibrilators (which we have). Pictured from the left are Gerry, Anne, Alison, Margaret and Sandy with their certificates. Missing from the photo are Lawrie and Alex and staff members Dot and Margaret who also did the training. More great work done by Food Train on building resilient communities.


Food Train D&G Friends Service Forum

We like to hear what our customers want from us as a service provider and what volunteers are prepared to do to help us achieve this, so regular forums are important. We held our latest Friends service forum in Castle Douglas this week to do just that and we gained lots of ideas and information to take away to consider. Pictured are staff with customers and volunteers who attended from across the D&G region.


Food Train Friends visit Cumnock Factory Outlet

Our Dumfries and Upper Nithsdale members went to the fabulous Cumnock Factory Outlet store this month (back by popular demand) for food and shopping together. Great fun was had by all. Pictured are some happy members about to set off home with shopping on their laps! Photo taken by our wonderful volunteer driver, Gobert. Thanks as always to our volunteers for helping to support the trip and to the staff at the shopping outlet for their warm welcome and help. We will be back!!   


New befriending matches underway in The Stewartry.

We have new befriending matches underway in the Stewartry area, some involving taking a dog along to a local older person! If you can help us in this area as a volunteer befriender, please call Shelley or Isobel on 01556 288427. Owning a dog is not essential!!   

Stewartry Friends at Ringford Old Schoolhouse

Our Friends members in the Stewartry area enjoyed a lovely trip to the Old Schoolhouse Tea Room at Ringford on the A75 on 1 May and enjoyed a good healthy meal, chat and company. Great fun!

Thanks to our local volunteers for helping to make this happen on a regular basis. #kindness  

Befriender Training Workshop in Annandale & Eskdale

A befriender training workshop was held in Annan recently for some old and new volunteers to keep them up to date on the role and service. This is a key requirement under the Quality in Befriending scheme that we have accreditation in. Thanks to all who attended.