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Petition launched amid Food Train North Ayrshire funding threat

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 17th January 2018
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Members of the public are being asked to get behind a campaign to reinstate the funding for Food Train's service in North Ayrshire.

The move comes in response to a decision by North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership not to renew their funding, meaning that Food Train’s vital weekly grocery shopping delivery service for older people will close on 31st March 2018.

Food Train currently has 172 service users in North Ayrshire with 32 new referrals being received in the last 3 months alone. The majority of local service users are totally dependent on Food Train for their food and no alternative solution has been offered to them.

Food Train Chief Executive Michelle Carruthers MBE said “We are disappointed the views of older people were not sought in making this decision, nor were we approached to discuss any alternative ways of working. In working with us more closely the partnership would see the adverse impact the loss of food and social contact will undoubtedly have on the frail vulnerable older people we support. I fear this decision will not only compromise their safety, health and wellbeing but will lead to increased pressures on GP’s, care at home and hospital admissions.”

The campaign to save the service was launched the same week that the Scottish Government unveiled a Draft National Strategy for addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation.

View the Food Train North Ayrshire petition (this link will take you away from our website).

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