OLDER people had the chance to try their hands at box frame artwork and surprise a loved one with their creations in Alloa last week.

Artist and designer Wendy McInally from The Wendy House hosted the afternoon workshop at Parkway Court last Friday, July 26.

It was a part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by the Royal Voluntary Service and Prudential, in a bid to provide an opportunity to try something new for free in the local community.

The wider aim was to make sure older people stay active and social, tackling loneliness and isolation.

Those taking part designed some eye-catching pieces, recreating a memory or by composing their very own box photo frame.

It is understood MP Luke Graham was due to join, but last week’s travel chaos brought on by the heatwave denied him.

However, some of his staff was there to volunteer and help out.

Mr Graham said: “Loneliness is a growing problem for rural constituencies like ours. First Time for Everything is helping those most affected by bringing them together to try out new activities and find new skills.”

And added: “My team and I enjoy our volunteering days in the community – it gives us an opportunity to meet constituents and identify areas where we could help out in the future.”