STAFF and service users at the Helensburgh and district branch of Scotland’s biggest learning disability charity gave something back to their community recently as a ‘thank you’ for all the generosity they’ve been shown over the years.

Members of the local branch of Enable held a series of events in Helensburgh to mark the annual Learning Disability Week awareness-raising campaign.

Their week of activities started with a coffee morning at the United Reformed Church in West Princes Street, well attended by staff, service users, friends, family and members of the public.

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The following day, the group went along to the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank to hand over a donation of men’s toiletries.

The group had asked the food bank team a few weeks previously if there were any items they particularly needed, and on being told they’re always short of toiletry items for men, service users donated goods at their weekly Thursday club.

Barbara Paterson came along to the group to be presented with the items, and admitted she was “amazed” at the amount the group collected – while the donation was given a boost by items worth a total of £20, given by staff at Gordons Chemist in Sinclair Street.

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The week’s activities came to an end with a beach clean on the East Esplanade, opposite the Tesco filling station, at which group members collected two full bin bags of rubbish – along with a garden fork and a police cone.

The Helensburgh branch of Enable, like its parent organisation, is a registered charity, but is registered separately to the main organisation.

It holds a range of activities for service users and their families, including social clubs and activities, outings and events, campaigning and fundraising, and providing advice and support.