A CHARITY which supports people who have been affected by suicide is looking for volunteers to help with a new service.

Neil's Hugs Foundation currently runs a weekly support group for women via Zoom and is now looking to develop a befriending service.

The charity is looking for people who would like to donate some of their time to help others, and training and support will be given.

Neil's Hugs Foundation was founded by Donna Paterson-Harvie who lost her only son Neil to suicide in September 2011.

Its aim is to help raise awareness of suicide in the local community and support families who have been affected by suicide.

To raise vital funding, the charity is also taking part in this year's Virtual Kiltwalk to raise money for services in the Clackmannanshire area.

Due to the current restrictions, all the support groups run by Neil's Hugs are being held virtually.

The group is open to anyone who is struggling and if Neil's Hugs can't help, they'll do their best to find someone who can.

One to one support is also available via a phone call or Zoom.

Donna said: "It's about offering safe spaces for people to talk.

"Get in touch with us, we'll see what we can do.

"It might be that we're not the right service but that doesn't mean we won't look to see what's local to them that we can link them with.

"If a person needed other support, we would look for it.

"It really is about giving people safe, confidential spaces where they can just say what's going on."

If anyone is interested in either joining the group, volunteering or helping to raise funds, visit neilshugsfoundation.com or contact Donna on 07446 717501.