A CHARITABLE Wee County organisation last week celebrated 20 years of work in the area.

People gathered at Community House Alloa last Wednesday, February 27, to mark the occasion.

It was an opportunity to share old memories, and make new ones, with project manager Elaine McDonagh reflecting on the past two decades.

A helping and to both children and adults, the initiative looks to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and aspirations through activities with various clubs.

Elaine, who has been there since the opening of the charity's former and smaller premises in 1999, said: "The journey has been challenging at times, particularly fundraising, but it's been very encouraging and uplifting as well.

"It's had its magic moments and on the whole I love my job; I love the people;and I love the kids."

She has seen a generation grow up in the area over the years.

Many of those who used to attend the Community House clubs as young people now bring their own children.

Some of the best moments include hearing people's success stories and playing a part in their journeys they have taken.

Looking ahead to the future, Elaine said: "[We plan to] keep going as we are doing, but to constantly be looking at the needs of community and trying to get the community onboard, keep the contact going and to see what they want."

When Community House opened in February 1999, it was initially located in a small council house, which quickly became too small for the project.

The current premises opened in June 2005 following the conversion of four flats into one large facility.

Community House Alloa is a project driven by the Christian ethos, but welcomes people from all faiths and those of none.

Elaine added: "People are people and they come for whatever reason, we've got an open-door policy and just accept people for who they are."

The project manager also wanted to give a "heart-felt thanks" to everyone who contributed in any way over the years.