Overall Score: 24 based on 8 data points
Finance: 4
Governance: 9
Support: 11
(no PartB)
Reasonable growth: +1, Fundraising costs low: +3,
Good trustee age range: +3, Dynamic board: +3, Gender balanced board: +3,
Supporters: +11


Analysis by Giving is Great


  • The charity has received backing from several prominent grant makers recently
  • There has been reasonable growth in spending since inception
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition
  • This charity is based in an area of extremely high deprivation
Established: 28 years
Scottish Charity RegulatorCompanies House
Financial Data
Income & Spending ?
Period ending 31/03/18 31/03/19 31/03/20 31/03/21 31/03/22
Charitable activities £1,585,669 £1,524,530 £2,126,074 £2,608,128
Donations & Legacies £118,445 £107,775 £105,204 £434,424
Other Income
Investment Income £959 £1,619 £3,462 £286
Total income £1,764,667 £1,704,396 £2,295,656 £3,080,794 £2,352,585
Charitable activities spending £1,530,955 £1,811,024 £2,057,571 £2,393,059
Fundraising costs 0% 0% 1% 0% 0%
Other spending
Total spending £1,532,210 £1,815,525 £2,070,310 £2,394,325 £2,426,578
Surplus/deficit £232,457 -£111,129 £225,346 £686,469 -£73,993
What it does
  • It carries out activities or services itself
Who it helps
  • Older People
  • The advancement of health
Where it operates
  • More than one local authority area in Scotland, main operating location: Dumfries And Galloway
  • This charity is based in an area of extremely high deprivation

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
The National Lottery Community Fund£186,172
The Tudor Trust£122,000
Scottish Government£64,330
Foundation Scotland£64,224
Glasgow City Council£44,035
Rank Foundation£25,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Rank Foundation
£25,000 27/04/2023
Food Train Dumfries received a Cost of Living Core Grant to help cover Fuel costs, office costs such as increased rent and utilities and volunteer costs.
Foundation Scotland
£20,000 02/02/2023
Towards the costs of piloting a hot lunch project for existing older members (in the Dumfries area branch) and also open up a pop-up cafe three days a week in the Dumfries building social space, ....more
Foundation Scotland
£1,000 22/08/2022
Baillie Gifford July 2022 Community Awards
The National Lottery Community Fund
£186,172 21/03/2022
This group will use the funding to continue its befriending services in Dumfries & Galloway and West Lothian supporting older people to become more socially active following the increased ....more
Foundation Scotland
£12,500 13/12/2021
Baillie Gifford Donation
Foundation Scotland
£12,500 13/12/2021
Baillie Gifford Donation
Co-operative Group
£3,777 23/10/2021
We want to enhance the lives of older people and help enable them to live independently in their own home.
The Tudor Trust
£2,000 05/01/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
Foundation Scotland
£10,000 29/06/2020
To support volunteer costs including travel costs, training, uniform, ID badges and out of pocket expenses.
Scottish Government
£64,330 15/05/2020
Detailed description not provided.
William Grant Foundation
£20,000 20/04/2020
Unrestricted funding to support the charity's work addressing food insecurity and isolation in multiple locations across Scotland as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis.
Co-operative Group
£2,943 15/11/2019
We want to provide vital services to local older people, grocery shopping and delivery, help in the home, befriending and meal-sharing.
Foundation Scotland
£8,224 26/09/2019
To contribute to the cost of replacing a delivery van.
The Tudor Trust
£120,000 26/03/2019
over three years to support financial remodelling, digital development and the extension beyone Scotland of Food Train's work supporting older people's ability to live independently
Glasgow City Council
£35,035 08/03/2019
Befriending day opportunity service for people aged 65+.
Glasgow City Council
£9,000 28/02/2019
Befriending day opportunity service for people aged 65+.
Glasgow City Council
£35,035 08/06/2018
Befriending day opportunity service for people aged 65+.
Glasgow City Council
£9,000 06/06/2018
A volunteer delivered grocery shopping delivery service to older people aged 65+ who are no longer able to manage independently due to age, ill health, frailty or disability
Co-operative Group
£2,890 29/11/2017
We want to continue to provide an essential service to older people in West Lothian which enables them to live independently at home.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£1,215,144 17/08/2017
Eat Well, Age Well - Scotland's Malnutrition Task Force
Glasgow City Council
£35,035 25/08/2016
Befriending day opportunity service for people aged 65+.
John Ellerman Foundation
£63,300 21/07/2016
Towards the salary costs of a Development Manager to take its model of supporting elderly people from Scotland to elsewhere in the UK.
The Tudor Trust
£65,000 17/12/2015
over two years to support the development of a Scottish charity supporting older people to live independently at home through a variety of regional support services
The Robertson Trust
£30,000 30/06/2015
The Food Train Friends Programme in Dundee
The National Lottery Community Fund
£590,474 09/10/2013
This project will deliver a befriending service in Annandale & Eskdale and Dumfries, and expand into Upper Nithsdale, Stewartry, Wigtownshire and the Machars. The service will provide face to ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Directors (10)
Current Directors appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Directors: 28-81
  • DAVIS, Roger Bruce
    Appointed: 2022
    Occupation: Judicial Member, Mental Health Tribunals Scotland
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 15/04/1996, number: SC024843
  • Registered at Companies House on 23/05/1995, number: SC158165
Main office

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To relieve the poverty of disabled, infirm and housebound persons and other persons in necessitous circumstances in Dumfries and it's environs.

Data Sources

Scottish Charity Regulator
360 Giving
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