TWO Inverclyde charities are celebrating a £1,000 windfall from The Rotary Club of Greenock.

Mind Mosaic and The Haven each received donations of £500 at the organisation's annual end of year presentation.

Club president Finlay Sim did the honours in what was his last act at the helm before handing over the reins to Ann Thomson.

Ms Thomson said: "These donations are partly because it was Year of Young People in 2018 and both charities are very much concerned with youth in the community/.

"Young people nowadays do need a lot of help and support and I think these two do that very well."

Cheques will also be made out to Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign and Dunoon-based dental charity, Smileawi.

One of the local beneficiaries is The Haven, which provides a residential programme, particularly for young men, to help them overcome addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Gary Lister, from the Kilmacolm-based charity, said: "There are so many really good causes around to give to so it's an honour for us to be given this. "So many young people make wrong choices but sometimes they don't get access to the help they need and we're fortunate to be able to help get them off drugs and addiction but get them back in the community.

"It's our 30th anniversary this year and we reckon that in that time we've had 1,000 people through the centre.

"We'll soon be having a celebration event and we want people who have come through our doors to come back, regardless of what they are doing now, and share their experiences of the help they received."

Sandra Boyle, from Mind Mosaic in Greenock, explained the huge difference the funding will make to her organisation, which provides counselling to families and young people going through a hard time, including the loss of a loved one.

She said: "It's absolutely fabulous to receive this donation. "This will help pay for materials and activities for groups we are organising for children who are bereaved but also children with self-harming behaviour and those who struggle with sexual identity.

"We're absolutely grateful to the Rotary Club for the donation towards out work."

Over the last 12 months, the club has raised money through various events, including a Spanish-themed social evening, a Burns' supper, a quiz night, carol singing at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and a coffee morning.

Outgoing president Mr Sim said: "The work done by the committees, individual members and friends of Greenock Rotary has left me stunned and full of admiration. "Such effort epitomises Rotary's humanitarian spirit of 'service above self'."