At a ceremony hosted by Provost Jim Fletcher at Eastwood House on 2 October 2019, the Lord-Lieutenant presented Queens Awards for Voluntary Service to two local voluntary groups from East Renfrewshire.

Since 2010, Include Me 2 Club has been providing community based support to children and adults with additional support needs, enabling them to regularly mix and make friends in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe.

Established 4 years ago, East Renfrewshire Additional Support Needs Parents Action Group (ERA PAG) provides clubs and other activities where young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the associated additional support needs can meet, play and build relationships with their peers in a safe, supported environment.

Both of these impressive groups are making a very marked difference to the lives of potentially isolated individuals, whose outlook and outcomes would otherwise be very much the poorer. In praising the work of each group, the Lord-Lieutenant remarked that it is always so impressive to see local people step up and take responsibility for providing the help that they and others require.

Pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant are Paul and Ashley McIlvenny from Include Me 2 Club.

From East Renfrewshire Additional Support Needs Parents Action Group, Oonagh McKinnon and Jeanette Jones are pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant, together with Provost Jim Fletcher and Vice Lord-Lieutenant Hugh Currie DL and Norman Walker DL, and, Cadet Sergeant Scott Watson, Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet from West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force.