A NUMBER of churches in Barrhead and Neilston are also opening their doors to provide a warm space for those who are worried about the cost of heating their home.

There are fears that many local residents could be left to shiver in the cold as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.

However, church leaders in the area have stressed that a warm welcome is being provided at several locations.

Among them is the cafe at the Salvation Army Hall, in Main Street, Barrhead, where tea and toast, as well as the chance to chat, is on offer every Tuesday, from 10am until noon.

A spokesperson said: “Everyone is welcome.

“We are also a receiving centre for new toys for The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.”

Also on Tuesdays, people can head along to Bourock Parish Church, in Barrhead, where the lower church hall is used as a warm space for the community between 1pm and 3pm.

A spokesperson said: “Everyone is welcome for free tea, coffee and fellowship in a warm and friendly setting.”

Other options in Barrhead include the community hall at St Andrew’s Parish Church, where local residents are invited to gather on Thursdays, from 10am until noon.

The Salvation Army cafe is also open every Thursday afternoon, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, when it hosts a knitting group and other free activities, with visitors welcome to pop in for a chat over a cup of tea.

On Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm, those going along to Neilston Parish Church hall, in the village’s High Street, can meet others and enjoy a free lunch.