A project launched to tackle social isolation for the elderly proved a success when a bus tour of Ayr brought people together for a local adventure.

The Lochside Neighbourhood Group organised the day with help from South Ayrshire Council and local electrical company Rexel UK ,who generously donated £850.

The council uses community benefit funding from its suppliers to help make a difference, and this oppor tunity allowed 30 residents from Lochside to take the trip.

The aim of the project is to help residents who find it difficult to get out and about and give them the chance to make new friends and explore the area which some have not managed to do in a number of years.

The group travelled to Girvan where they visited the Quay Zone and had a walk around the picturesque harbour before doing a bit of shopping.

The bus then headed along the coast to Turnberry and Maidens.

It als o st opped at Dunure, allowing them to learn more about the history of the harbour and to see the boats and savour the beautiful coastline.

The last stop was the village of Tarbolton for a hearty lunch.

Bobby (75) said:“The best part about the day was the camaraderie and bringing people together“ Betty (87) said:”The trip was great, the Lochside Neighbourhood Group does a fantastic job.”

Myra Nicol from Lochs ide Neighbourhood Group said: ”We involve people of all ages and abilities in various projects and initiatives and we are delighted to have organised this trip for the older members of our community.”

Councillor Douglas Campbell Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “We actively encourage our suppliers to work with us to promote social wellbeing in all our communities.

“I would like to thank Rexel UK for their contribution, the group had a great time and I hope they can experience more trips in the future.

“The trip was also an opportunity to find out what older people think about democracy in South Ayrshire.

“It’s important that everyone has a voice.”