PEOPLE in Barrhead have been queuing up to buy face masks made by a committed group of community volunteers.

The low-cost masks are being produced in a joint effort by seven organisations working to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the area.

The groups source and buy material for the masks, which are suitable for adults and children, and volunteers then stitch them together for sale at only £1 for a pack of two.

The organisations involved are Barrhead Rotary, which initially donated £220 to help buy the materials, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire Faith Forum, Neilston Development Trust, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Renfrewshire Good Causes and the Include Me 2 Club.

The masks are being sold from the premises used by Include Me 2 at the James McGuire Building, in Barrhead’s Main Street, each weekday afternoon.

Rotary spokesman Douglas Yates said: “All face masks are made from 100 per cent cotton fabric and are washable and reuseable and all are quality checked.

“Since they have gone on sale, demand has been very strong, with queues being formed by locals keen to make their purchases.

“One of our partners, Include Me 2, is not only helping by donating funds and being the point of sale for the masks but have also suspended all of their usual activities to concentrate on making and delivering community meals.

“From a start of catering to 35 individuals daily, three weeks later they are catering to 155 individuals.”

Rotary Foundation has recognised the importance of this service with a donation to help the Include Me 2 team to expand the initiative.