Food Train Friends

Food Train is a social enterprise providing vital support services to enable older people to live independently at home for as long as possible. In addition to providing a vital grocery delivery service The Food Train is establishing a new befriending service in the Strewartry.

We offer the following befriending services:

  • telephone calls
  • home visits
  • group outings.

Volunteer befrienders provide informal support services for which members pay a small fee.  Befriending takes place on a regular basis, so customers can rely on companionship, a friendly face and someone to talk to. 

We are looking for customers in Gatehouse who are over 65 and could do with some company!

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer befriender please do also get in touch with us!

Please contact Isobel Henkelmann, Stewartry Development Officer, Carlingwark Cottage, Carlingwark House, The Buchan, Castle Douglas DG7 1TH

Tel: 01556 288427

Mob: 07712 523 412


Food Train
began in Dumfries in 1995 following a community survey of older people that found many of them struggling with their weekly grocery shopping; an idea was developed to ease this burden on older people.  A partnership of local shops and volunteers formed and Food Train began making deliveries of fresh groceries to older people in need with the help of local volunteers and shops.  To find out more, visit their website ...