VOLUNTEERS will be on special alert to keep people safe this Christmas.

Inverclyde Street Pastors will be out in patrol in Greeenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow town centres on December 17 and 23 to offer help to anyone who needs it.

This could be to party-goers who have had a bit much to drink, those who are separated from their friends or homeless people.

The group carry a bag with flip flops, water bottles, lollipops and a first aid kit and says they are always very well received by those out late around the area's pubs and clubs.

Co-ordinator Alistair McAlees, said: "Many people enjoy celebrating and spending time on nights out over the festive season but sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

"Practical support in getting you home, re-uniting you with friends, basic first aid or even handing over a drink of water can make the outcome of a party night a more positive experience. We can make that happen and also chat to those out and about who want to share what’s on their mind."

The group have also urged revellers to protect their drinks and make sure taxis they get into are licensed.

For more information on the organisation, contact Alistair on 07740 201853.