A PROMINENT Huddersfield town centre building is to become an advice centre for carers.
Kirklees Council is converting part of Cabletel House in Market Street.
The hope is that the new advice and information centre will be open in April.
The aim of the Gateway to Care scheme is to bring together as much advice and information as possible.
Work is under way to convert the building - which is near the bus station - into multi-agency service premises.
It will provide a centre where local organisations will come together to give advice and practical help to Kirklees residents.
The building has previously housed a JobCentre and the NTL headquarters.
Some £142,500 from Kirklees Neighbourhood Renewal has made it possible for the project to go ahead in partnership with Kirklees Social Services and the Scope charity for cerebral palsy sufferers.
Anyone will be able to visit, phone or email Gateway to Care.
Staff will also direct people to other services they need, such as housing or the National Health Service.
A Kirklees spokesman said: "There will be lots of support, advice and information for local residents.
"We are aiming the centre at many groups. They will include older people, children and families, people with mental health problems, those who are homeless and looking for a home, people with disabilities, those who need help to live independently, unpaid carers and young people and their families.
"Carers will be able to get help from the Action for Carers and Employment Project, a team working to promote employment opportunities for carers," he added.
"There will also be the opportunity for free Shopmobility scooter and wheelchair loan, as well as to buy equipment to help with daily living."
Clr Ann Raistrick, chairwoman of the Kirklees Neighbourhood Renewal partnership, is delighted with the progress of the scheme.
She said: "Bringing together social care services in this way and offering the widest possible sources of advice, information and practical help, fulfils the main aims of Neighbourhood Renewal.
"Working together in this way will bring better access to services for all who need them, using our resources to help residents get better health and social care and the best advice when they need it."
Clr Dennis Hullock, Kirklees Cabinet member for health and social care, said: "Social care has a wide area of provision, which is met by many organisations.
"At this new centre we want most of these to be brought together under one roof, so people will find it easier to get the care service they need.
"Our goal is helping local people when they need help and in as many ways as we can."
Gateway to Care will be staffed by specialists and will also host surgeries for other organisations so people can get as much help as possible.