One of the things that people have clung onto throughout the pandemic has been the chance to come together as a community once again.

And it was this happy moment that greeted Girvan folk recently.

The Communities Back Together event, organised by Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA),has been visiting a number of South Ayrshire communities to ‘showcase all the good work being done by local charities and community groups’.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Allan Dorans praised the efforts of the group after visiting the Girvan event.

He said: “I was delighted to take part and support the Voluntary Action South Ayrshire initiative in Girvan, to bring communities back together by highlighting the number of local organisations and services available within the community and providing information on volunteering opportunities to support them.

“It was a pleasure to talk with representatives of the  organisations and groups.

“Their commitment and enthusiasm for their respective projects was clearly evident, inspirational and a reminder of the great work that goes on within our communities.

Communities Back Together events have also taken place in Maybole, Prestwick, Troon, and Ayr.

The groups involved in the Girvan event were South Ayrshire Council Health and Social Care Partnership (Fostering Team), Equal Futures Project, SAC Partnership Engagement, SAC Locality Planning Partnership, Circles Advocacy, Carrick Sport, Girvan Youth Trust, SAC period poverty White Bag project, SAC Health and Fitness and South Ayrshire helpline (VASA).