A NEW information and advice centre has opened in Huddersfield.
The Volunteer Centre in Lord Street aims to publicise how volunteering can make a difference to others who live in the town.
About 70 groups from the voluntary sector in Kirklees met for the launch which was organised by Volunteering Kirklees.
It is part of Voluntary Action Kirklees and is funded by the Lottery's Community Fund.
Organisations such as Victim Support, Kirkwood Hospice, Kirklees Council and Huddersfield University attended the event.
Gill Leverton, Volunteer Centre co-ordinator, said: "Our statistics show that certain groups are under represented within volunteering and over the coming months, we aim to change this.
"While people who have been volunteering for years are doing a brilliant job, Volunteering Kirklees now wants to appeal to a wider audience and make their services more accessible to all."
Dot Goodall, local volunteer and Examiner Community Award winner 2002, officially opened the new centre.
"Volunteering is a way of contributing to society and in particular to the people of Huddersfield," she said.
The centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
Potential volunteers can phone Gill on 01484 226608.