Shoppers, Drivers & Helpers

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From 29/08/2016

About Opportunity

Food Train operates from Monday to Thursday every week of the year. There are currently 3 different types of volunteering roles available. These are: -Shopper - required on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 8.15 and 11.30 (finishing time depends on the number of customers we have on each day). -Delivery Driver - required on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9.15 and 16.15 (finishing time depends on the number of customers we have on each day). Delivery Driver's Helper- required as per delivery. Both delivery drivers and delivery driver's helpers need to be prepared to apply for a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups, which Food Train pay the costs for) as they come in direct contact with our older customers. Shoppers must be able to read shopping lists and produce information on goods ie low fat, salted, unsalted, sugar free- to identify correct products which might be important for the health and diet requirements of an older person. They should also be able to distinguish between sizes ie 1pint, 1 litre, 250g, 500g, 1kg etc. Some of our older customers have very small kitchens and restricted storage space, so choosing the correct size is important to them. Drivers will be expected to take responsibility for the daily checking and minor maintenance of the vehicle. They will need to complete a log sheet with mileages, check for damage, check air in tyres, fill with fuel and top up oil and water levels when required. They will also be in charge of loading the vehicle and should aim to follow a fuel efficient route at all times. The driver
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About Food Train (South Ayrshire)

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. UPDATE -ALL ACTIVITIES DRIVING /SHOPPONG ARE IN NORTH AYRSHIRE EVEN THOUGH CUSTOMERS IN SOUTH - MUST BE WILLING TO TRAVEL Our South Ayrshire pilot focuses on providing a grocery shopping and delivery service to people aged 65 and over who, through age or health related difficulties, find it challenging to manage this vital task themselves. A team of local volunteers collect the shopping lists from our customer on a Monday, then shop and deliver the groceries on another nominated day of the week (Tues, Wed, Thurs). Volunteers go in with the shopping and assist to unpack and put items away, open jars, tops of bottles as required. There is a small delivery fee of £4, plus a £1 per year membership fee. We are often the only people our customers see day to day, and a friendly chat goes some way to addressing the social isolation many of our customers face. As well as food access, our service contributes to falls prevention, malnutrition and loneliness agendas. We are often described by our customers as a ‘life line’.

Skills & Experience

Good literacy, Common Sense, Cash Handling, Respect for elderly, Good communication Skills, Reliable/Trustworthy.

Travel Details

Expenses are payable for travel to the Food Train Office or Supermarket.


Work Type

Community / Economic Development Work

Client Group


Expenses Detail

Accessibility Details

Wheelchair Access
Disabled Toilet

Frequency & Commitment

Days and Times to be confirmed

Minimium Age

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Reference Code

1023 - VO64278

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