A NEW programme aimed at unlocking creative talents in disadvantaged areas of Huddersfield has been given a cash boost.

The two-year Creative Keys programme has received £1.8m government funding.

The cash aid includes money from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The project, which aims to create 80 new jobs, train 400 people and create £500,000- worth of business will target three Kirklees Council wards in Huddersfield - Crosland Moor, Newsome and Deighton.

It aims to encourage people in these areas to find their creative potential and get more involved in the local cultural and creative economy.

Kirklees Cultural and Leisure Services, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the Culture Company and the Creative Industries Development Agency have all teamed up to run the project.

Clr John Smithson, Kirklees Council cabinet member for education and recreation said the project was an exciting opportunity that could lead to permanent employment and make a big impact financially on their local community.

He added:"This project gives people the chance to achieve their potential through creative areas they may not have considered."