North Ayrshire's foster carers have been thanked at an annual Christmas coffee morning in their honour.

Hosted by the 'families for children' team at the North Ayrshire health and social care partnership (HSCP), the event took place on December 5 at The Volunteer Rooms in Irvine.

With around 50 foster carers as well as NAHSCP staff in attendance, carers were given a chance to socialise with people with similar experiences.

Councillor Margaret Johnson, North Ayrshire Council's cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Once again, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our foster carers in North Ayrshire for the work they do to support children and young people who are unable to live with their families through no fault of their own.

“The positive impact their nurture and care make on the lives of the young people is crucial when helping them to reach their full potential in life, and the work they do really is incredible.

“I would urge anyone who has ever considered fostering to please get in touch with us to find out more.”

Representatives from Dalry candle shop Mecoco, who also dropped by the event, donated a small gift of candles as a thank you to the carers.

A collection for North Ayrshire Foodbank was also held at the coffee morning with foster carers donating bags of food and gifts that will be given out to families over the Christmas period.