TWO big projects are being launched in Huddersfield as part of a major attack on drugs, violence and crime.
An anti-violence and drugs conference is to be held in Deighton and a new treatment programme for crack and cocaine users has been launched.
The area has been chosen as one of 10 locations across the UK to run a 12-month pilot scheme of new treatments for crack and cocaine users.
Based on work done by drug workers in London, the pilot scheme uses alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture.
The aim is to help crack and cocaine users relax during their depressive `come down' from the drug, meaning they will not feel restless and desperate for an energy boost from more drugs.
Most of the 10 areas picked for the pilot have big problems with crack cocaine.
Kirklees does not. It was chosen because of the success of its Lifeline service.
Most councils operate a Drug Action Team, but Kirklees Drug Action Team devolves work and funding to Lifeline.
Kirklees Lifeline offers counselling, treatment, advice and healthcare for adults and young addicts.
The Government's National Treatment Agency (NTA), who picked the pilot areas, wanted to explore this unique approach.
Staff from Lifeline Kirklees have received intensive training from the NTA about how to use alternative treatments on crack and cocaine users.
Lifeline crack development worker Paul Peart, based at Huddersfield, said: "Crack affects people in lots of different ways, the extremes being that people become either chaotic or depressive.
"In the past, it has been difficult to deal with people in a chaotic state, but now we are in the position to accommodate them in whatever state they arrive."
Anyone who needs help with drug use can contact Lifeline at Huddersfield on 01484 353353 or at Dewsbury on 01924 457038.
The Stop the Violence conference and dance event has been organised by Huddersfield people, working with West Yorkshire Police.
It will be held at the Deighton Centre on Saturday from 2pm.
Guest speakers will talk about how to address issues of violence in communities - covering topics such as race relations, drugs and crime.
Speakers will include policing and race relations expert Lee Jasper, West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell, Mothers Against the Gun founder Lucy Cope and local rap poet Donovan Christopher.
To help engage people of all ages in the conference, the speakers will alternate on stage with live entertainers.
A children's gospel choir from the Huddersfield Hudawi Centre - called True Colours - will perform along with Huddersfield street dance school Suga Brown.
After the conference, live music will take over.
Entertainers include Mr Rue, Danman, North Vibes, Chilli and Iceman.
There is a £3 admission charge for the dance and stage show.