AN OUTREACH programme looking to help people in Alloa to break free from addiction will be able to develop its work following a recent fundraiser.

Connect2 Teen Challenge Forth Valley, the charity which recently started bringing its coffee bus to the Wee County every Friday evening, will be able to strengthen its work across the region, having started out a year ago.

The charity's men's co-ordinator Stephen Melvin, along with his son-in-law Ricky Reid, last month completed a walk along the West Highland Way, raising more than £2,600.

Backed by churches in the area, the Christian good cause is now equipped with its own bus to reach out to more people, previously borrowing a vehicle from a sister charity.

With their own bus, volunteers are able to reach out to people battling addictions on four nights a week, recently adding Alloa and Grangemouth to the list that includes Falkirk and Stirling.

Joan Melvin, Stephen's wife and women's co-ordinator, said: "We are delighted, it will develop the work in Forth Valley because we want to reach out right across The Forth Valley – that's the aim.

"We are only a year into this charity and we've achieved so much with just donations."

The coffee bus can be fund in the car park behind Alloa Town Hall every Friday evening between 8pm and 10pm.

Volunteers are happy to reach out to people, signpost them to services or connect them with rehabilitation programmes where appropriate.

People can visit for more information.