A GROUP that helped people in East Renfrewshire "reconnect and reintegrate into society after the pandemic" were recently invited to the Scottish Parliament.

It comes after Labour MSP Paul O’Kane welcomed a Knit and Natter group based in Giffnock to Holyrood for a tour.

The politician invited the group to watch a session of First Minister's Questions before taking them around the parliament.

The Labour man recently paid tribute to the group during a debate on social isolation in which he said it had “helped people reconnect” into society following the pandemic, and that it was helping people cope with long covid and social anxiety.

Paul O’Kane MSP said: “When I met the ladies in Giffnock Library in April I could see what a fantastic job they were doing of offering people that chance to get out the house and to socialise, and I was determined to make the time to have them come through to the Scottish Parliament.

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“I’d recommend going along to a Knit and Natter session to see if it’s for them.

“It’s a real pleasure to see the building through the eyes of guests, and to welcome people to their Scottish Parliament because it’s a place that belongs to everyone.”

 Knit and Natter member Pamela Bell added: “The parliament visit was superb and enjoyed by all.

“We definitely felt very welcome and loved the chamber proceedings.

“We came together as a group in Giffnock Library, we couldn’t have gelled more as a group. Now we also have coffee meet-ups and our visit to Parliament was the icing on the cake.”