ASIAN families throughout Kirklees are set to benefit from a centre now up and running in Heckmondwike.

The Khandaani Dhek Bhal centre in Battye Street is the result of four years' partnership between children's charity Barnardo's and Kirklees Council.

The centre's name means `Looking After Your Family' and its staff will be working to co-ordinate a wide range of family healthy living and community services in one building.

The long term project, Healthy Living Links, provides various services which promote emotional, mental, social, educational, physical and developmental well-being within the local community.

The centre also operates in partnership with other organisations to provide adult education classes, Citizens' Advice Bureaux, a baby clinic and milk services, Kirklees Racial Equality Council services and youth services.

Barnardo's had been operating from part of the former Battye Street School since 1996.

Kirklees Council allocated funds to enable them to refurbish the remainder of the building which was unused.

Clr Andrew Cooper, Cabinet member for housing and property, said: "A one-stop shop that looks after the broad health needs of a community is a positive thing.

"This can only be done successfully with good partner organisations."