A LOCAL MSP visited Include Me 2 Club’s Community Hub to see how the amenities onsite had grown and developed since its opening last April.

The hub, at Barrhead's Cowan Park, was a result of efforts by Include Me 2 Club, East Renfrewshire Council, and the Scottish Government which provided an investment of nearly £700,000.

The fund was directed to the ideas from community consultations, which emphasised the need for accessible toilets, and a multipurpose space that can host local groups while offering casual dining services.

MSP Tom Arthur met with the club's co-founder Paul McIlvenny.

The MSP said: “It was fantastic to meet up with Paul again and see how this wonderful community hub has so quickly become an invaluable resource to groups, individuals and families since its opening last year.

“Over the years that Include Me 2 have been operating, they have gone from strength to strength. The team’s ambition to foster an inclusive, supportive and empowered community resonates strongly with me and their determination and passion is unsurpassed.

"Paul and the team are an inspiration to us all and I really look forward to every meeting to hear about the club’s latest projects and successes."

The club's hub has adaptable meeting spaces, a cafe, and also has a bike hub for cyclists which offers repairs, maintenance and cycle hire.

Mr Arthur added: “The hub was buzzing with activity when I visited and it is easy to see why. With such welcoming surroundings and staff, the fantastic food and drinks available from Social Blend and a real commitment to the community which it serves, I look forward to each visit and to continuing my support of Include Me 2 Club in their admirable efforts.”