This month, as part of our Support in the Community Initiative, we’re shining a spotlight on our Charity of the Month – West Lothian Food Train.
West Lothian Food Train supports older people in the area to help them remain in their homes for as long as possible by offering a range of practical and social services. This includes supported grocery shopping, help with light tasks around the home, sharing a home-cooked meal and a library book service.
The charity’s West Lothian branch, which was established over 12 years ago, also provides a Food Train Friends service to help reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people and offers their members a 1-1 befriending service, group outings such as visits to a Christmas pantomime, days trips and the opportunity to take part in local activities and join other members for lunch.
All of the services are delivered by a professionally trained team of over 60 volunteers who give up their time to help older people and bring joy and friendship to the lives of older people in the community.
The charity works directly with various professional services, including GPs, social work and NHS teams, housing organisations and self-referral for anyone aged 65 and over.
The team also liaises with families who need extra help to look after their loved ones, many of whom may have dementia, long-term illness or mobility and frailty issues.
As part of our charity partnership, West Lothian Food Train will be in the mall on 4th and 5th February to raise awareness of their services and the support they offer, as well as appealing for more volunteers to be able to help even more people. Why not pop along for more information?
You can also find out more about West Lothian Food Train, the services they provide and how to become a volunteer, via their website at www.thefoodtrain.co.uk