East Renfrewshire’s Youth Intensive Support Service is still welcoming gifts for vulnerable young people this Christmas.

The social work team, which is based at Eastwood Health and Care Centre, helps those aged 12 and over and their families through any issues they might be facing.

The service has been taking part in Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas initiative this year, which allows Secret Santa residents to pledge gifts.

They have received many presents so far, but it is a case of the “more the merrier” as many families face hardship, particularly after the difficulties of the past two years.

Support worker Jack Taylor told the Barrhead News: “It’s one of those things, there can never be too many gifts and there are loads of families who could be doing with them.

“We are going to be getting all of our gifts out this week and potentially early next week. 

"I’m sure we could get somebody to come and pick up or if people could make it to our office to drop gifts it would be helpful to have them by tomorrow or, at the very latest, early next week would be the cut off.

“They don’t necessarily just need to be for the young people our service is open to, they could be for our young people’s young brothers or sisters.

“If anyone would like to pledge that would be great. There are lot of vulnerable young people at this time of year whose families can’t really afford to give them gifts, so it definitely makes a difference.”

Eastwood Health and Care Centre is open from 10am to 4pm.