SCOTLAND'S equalities minister found out all about efforts in Cumnock to improve physical and mental wellbeing and tackle social isolation and loneliness on a visit to the town this week.

Emma Roddick MSP was given a presentation on the work of Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise (CJCE) at the community sport hub at Townhead Park.

Facility manager Derek King and trustees David Weir and David White were present along with East Ayrshire Council's depute leader, Cumnock and New Cumnock councillor Jim McMahon, and Gary Seymour and Courtney Carter from East Ayrshire's Active Schools programme.

The CJCE team spoke about their walking football programme and its benefits in improving physical and mental health and promoting social opportunities among older residents.

A CJCE spokesperson said: "We discussed our partnership working with EA Vibrant Communities and how we tackle disability, inclusion and diversity.

"We also gave an oversight of all the other community work we have undertaken in the past, present and our future plans.

"Jim McMahon, who has responsibilities similar to those of Emma, was able to have a great discussion and further talks were planned between them.

"Many thanks to Emma Roddick, and her colleagues for taking the time to visit. We look forward to further talks and working together."