EFFORTS to tackle loneliness and isolation among Ayr's older residents have won praise from the town's MSP.

Siobhian Brown was among the attendees at a 'welcome day' organised by the Opportunities in Retirement (OiR) group in the town.

Over-50s from across the community came along to find out about the different social groups OiR organises for retired and semi-retired people.

Ms Brown has congratulated OiR for tackling isolation and loneliness which is more prevalent in older ages.

She said: “It was a pleasure to attend the OiR Ayr Welcome Day and I was thrilled to see such an excellent turnout.

"I met with OiR earlier this year and was impressed with their efforts to tackle loneliness among older people. 

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“OiR offers a wide variety of activity groups so there really is something for everyone to choose from. I spoke to the bowling, crafts, and country dancing clubs, just to name a few.

“I trust this year’s Welcome Day will see more people take up membership. I want to congratulate the committee for their efforts in organising the event.

"I urge anyone in the area who is retired or semi-retired to sign up. Likewise, if you have a friend or family member who would enjoy OiR, please let them know.”

Barrie Southwood, chair of OiR in Ayr said: “The committee and members of Opportunities in Retirement (OiR) Ayr were delighted with the response to our welcome day on October 11.

“Attendees included existing and new members together with our MSP Siobhian Brown and local councillor, Mark Dixon."

OiR in Ayr has more than 50 groups, from aerobics and badminton to ukulele-playing and whisky tasting. 

Further information can be found at oirayr.org.uk.