A STEVENSTON based group which promotes opportunites for those aged 60 and over in the area has benefitted from a much needed funding boost.

The Wednesday Friendship Club is a social club for residents of the town and the surrounding area who run various activities/outings for the members.

The club's committee is made up completely of volunteers who organise these activities alongside a weekly meet up to come together and enjoy the company of others.

The aim of the group is to provide all members with a place to come and socialise/make friends where they may otherwise suffer from isolation.

The club has recently benefitted from a £700 donation from Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) which will help the group to continue to play a vital role in people's lives.

The funding will help assist with the financial cost of hiring transport to enable the group to arrange an outing providing everyone with a day to look forward to and supporting the members of the group.

As is the case with a number of community groups the continued increase in costs is having an impact with rents going up/provisions and the funding will be vital in allowing them to carry on.

Lesley Keenan, chairperson of CHA, said: “We are happy to be able to support such an invaluable group, providing many with the opportunity to come together in a safe place whilst making new friends and preventing members from suffering social isolation.”

The funding for the Wednesday Friendship Club came from the CHA's 'Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund' which operates throughout the year until the allocated funding is exhausted.

Local groups or individuals interested in finding out more about the fund can do so by visiting cunninghame-housing.org where you can also download an application form.