A new initiative which is providing residents with essentials amid the cost-of-living-crisis is on the hunt for a permanent location.

Charity NellyBoxes and Councillor Chris Lunday launched the Barrhead Community Food Larder, which is not means tested and free for all to use, on March 6 in the Auchenback Scout Hall.

Operating on Wednesdays between 11.45am and 1pm, the initiative has been successfully running for a few weeks now and provides a number of essentials including food stuffs, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

The team, however, are looking for a more permanent base around the Auchenback area.

Cllr Lunday told the Barrhead News: “The food larder has been running successfully for a few weeks and we are now looking for a more permanent space for our larder cabinet to sit.

“I am so thankful for all the people for donating and the people at the Auchenback Scout Hall for having us.”

The team also provide an emergency delivery service to people who cannot make it along to the larder.

Donations can be handed into the baby bank on Wednesdays in the ARC (Auchenback Resource Centre) or at the NellyBoxes trolley in ASDA.

“The community has been so generous since we launched with so many offers to help and donations.” Added Cllr Lunday, who represents Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor.

“This initiative unfortunately is really needed in our area, the cost of living is still rising at dangerous levels and its clear that people are feeling the pinch.

“If anyone knows of any spaces where the larder could be placed, please do get in touch.”

If anyone is aware of any local spaces they can get in touch with Cllr Lunday on chris.lunday@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk