WITNESSING kids transform into "amazing young adults" has been one amazing perk for one dedicated woman during her 25 years at Home-Start Clackmannanshire.

Irene Richmond recently reached the incredible milestone and was honoured by her colleagues for her achievement.

After moving from Ayrshire to Tillicoultry, Irene made herself at home at Home-Start, starting off as a volunteer and undertaking various roles over the years.

She told the Advertiser this week that she has "thoroughly enjoyed" more than two decades with the charity.

"It has been humbling to be part of so many families' journeys over the years and to see our little Home-Start babies grow in to such amazing young adults," she said.

"It's the kids and the families that have made it so special.

"Seeing the kids grow in confidence and thrive has given me a lot of enjoyment over the years.

"I met one of them, years later, in a supermarket and they told me that they were the first of their family to attend university.

"Moments like that and having kids recognise me all those years later is lovely and it has been a real pleasure."

Home-Start Clackmannanshire have been supporting families in local communities across Clackmannanshire since 1988.

Through a combination of direct support from their family support co-ordinators and other key services, Home-Start supports families who are struggling to get through the day due to various different challenges.

They offer a unique service providing practical and emotional support to families with at least one child under the age of 12, living in the Clackmannanshire area.