A NEW ‘warm hub’ has opened in Neilston to provide a welcoming space where people can meet during the cost-of-living crisis.

Run by the Neilston Development Trust (NDT) at The Bank, in Main Street, it will be open from 9am until 5pm every Sunday for at least the next few weeks, with organisers keen to keep it going for as long as the cold weather continues.

Between 9am and 3pm, the space offers a quiet area for reading and activities such as jigsaws, with a cafe-style set up and a children’s play area so wee ones can bring their smaller toys to play with.

For the last two hours, The Folks’ Music Project (TFMP) runs a traditional music jam session, which residents can take part in or sit back and listen to.

Those coming along can also enjoy a free breakfast, sandwiches and tea or coffee, with juice on offer for children.

The sessions are being held on Sundays, as this is when many other places are shut.

Raymond Kerr, who is running the initiative at NDT, supported by volunteer Sandra Catterson, told the Barrhead News: “We recognise that, at present, people may be struggling due to the current cost of living and we are opening our doors to help.

“We have a state-of-the-art heating system. It’s on 24/7 anyway, so what’s the point in us sitting with our doors locked when everyone is struggling to pay their bills and freezing?

“I’m more than delighted at TFMP pulling in as well because I’ve heard these guys playing and the live music is great.”

TFMP, which aims to make traditional music more affordable and accessible through tuition and activities, was recently nominated for Community Project of the Year at the 20th MG Alva Scots Trad Music Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of traditional music in Scotland.

The project has been running a monthly jam session at NDT for some time and founder Neil Wood is delighted to have the opportunity to get involved as part of the warm hub.

He said: “Last year we ran our traditional music jam session once a month on a Sunday afternoon at The Bank and it was a great success.

“Through funding, we are now able to run the event every Sunday in January and February, with hot drinks and a bite to eat.

“We are also able to support travel costs for anyone who might require transport.

“All are welcome, whether to play or sing or just to come in for a listen and a chat.”