VOLUNTEERS are being sought by the Food Train in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

The charity is looking for people to support its vital work in collecting and delivering supplies to older people across the area.

There has been a record-breaking demand on the service since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with nearly 350 people currently being supported across the two council areas.

Stuart Miller, Food Train's regional manager for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, said: “The support we have had from our volunteers throughout the pandemic - and the response we have from people who could see the extra help we needed to meet the unprecedented demand we have seen - has been fantastic.

“But, as many people who took the opportunity to help us while on furlough leave return to work as demand for our services remains high, we find ourselves in need of more people to both help with shopping for our customers’ orders and in delivering them.

“That’s why we’re encouraging anyone who can spare a few hours a week to get in-touch.

“It’s enjoyable, rewarding work and we have a great team spirit.

“The knowledge that your shopping is being taken care of and that someone will deliver it to you makes a real positive difference to the lives of older people across Stirling and Clackmannanshire.”

Stirling's Jean Thomson is among those supported by the charity and its volunteers.

She said: “I have been using Food Train for nearly ten years and I have always found the service to be extremely helpful.

“Since the situation in March they have gone out of their way to continue to help us through this difficult period.

“The volunteers are very helpful and have been very careful with social distancing to keep us safe. I am a very satisfied user of the Food Train.”

Those interested in volunteering can click here or call 01786 450 536 for more details.