A NEW `listening point' has been set up by Kirklees Council to let tenants hear information about social services on CD.
The listening point has opened at the Drop By Centre on Sycamore Avenue, Golcar. It is aimed at residents on the Botham Hall and Trees estates.
The CDs are to help people overcome difficulties they might have with printed information.
Pamela Gillet, a volunteer at the Drop By Centre said: "Not everyone can read but people will ask for help or listen to the CD."
Clr Dennis Hullock, council Cabinet member for health and social care, said: "The listening points
will help reach people in the Neighbourhood Renewal areas who may experience barriers to getting the help and services they need.
"It is knowing where to find the information which is the biggest problem for most of our communities."
People can either listen to the CDs at the Drop By Centre or take them home, free of charge, to play on their own CD players, computers or game consoles.
Six CDs have been produced: services for older people, a guide for carers, benefits and pensions, community safety, an A-Z of social care information and what social services information points can offer.
Botham Hall and Trees residents have been involved in the project, a partnership between Kirklees Council and Neighbourhood Renewal, and is the first area to receive a listening point.
The four other Neighbourhood Renewal areas - Batley, Cleckheaton, Skelmanthorpe and Cowlesrley - will receive listening points by March 2005.