GRANTS are being made available to help improve care in Kirklees.

Social services chiefs said they wanted to recruit community liaison volunteers to work with old people, people with disabilities, and children in need and their families.

Up to £3,000 is available for each successful applicant.

Clr Dennis Hullock, Kirklees Council's Cabinet member with responsibility for health and social services, said: "The project aims to bridge the gap between social services and voluntary organisations who deliver social care services in their communities.

"Community liaison volunteers can make a real difference to people's quality of life. They receive free training, personal development and out of pocket expenses."

Community volunteers get the support of an experienced team and the use of a laptop computer and other office equipment.

In one project already running, a volunteer has close links with Age Concern which refers her to old people's luncheon clubs where she gives aromatherapy taster sessions.

An open day about being a volunteer will be held at the Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, on January 12 from 1pm to 4pm.

For more details contact John Laycock on 01484 225147 or email