Community spirit shone brightly as Barrhead hosted a Christmas fair which emphasised social inclusion.

Town residents gathered at Dalmeny Community Centre for the festive event, organised by the Include Me 2 Club (IM2C).

Complete with Santa’s grotto, the market featured a host of attractions, including live entertainment, a café, raffles, a bouncy castle and arts and crafts for kids.

There were also stalls offering face-painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals.

Specialising in providing projects for those with additional support needs, IM2C organisers arranged the fair in a bid to further enhance its community ties in Barrhead.

Paul McIlvenney, IM2C chairman, told the Barrhead News: “The ultimate aim of the Christmas fair was to bring both the Include Me 2 Club and the community closer together.

“The day involved all of the volunteers, some of whom have disabilities, and was a chance to connect with the community so they could get to know different folk and also raise the organisation’s profile.

“We are trying to help create a community spirit and it was a really good day.

“We raised more than £500 but we don’t measure the success of the event by money – we measure it through the social impact of what we do.

“We just became a registered Scottish charity last Friday, so it was our first event as an official charity, which was great.”

IM2C volunteers hold weekly sessions for younger people at Dalmeny Community Centre every Monday, from 6pm until 8pm.

The charity then oversees an Adult Big Quiz Night at Arthurlie Social Club on Tuesdays, from 6pm until 9.30pm.

Members also meet for Wednesday Night Live gatherings at the Glen Halls, in Neilston, again from 6pm until 9.30pm.