The search is on for unsung heroes who are tackling drugs and changing lives in Kirklees.

As part of a national competition, people can nominate individuals and teams making a difference to drug users, their families and their communities.

The Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives Awards 2007, launched by the Home Office, recognise the efforts of different staff involved in prevention, treatment and enforcement work.

The national winner will receive £10,000 to help them continue their work.

Clr Khizar Iqbal, Chairman of Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership, said: "Drugs have a major impact – not only on the lives and families of those affected, but also on communities which have to deal with the fall-out from wasted potential and missed opportunity.

"However, there are many individuals and groups working on the ground across Kirklees dealing directly with the problem in different ways.

“We want the public to nominate them for this national award and celebrate the hard work they are putting into tackling drugs and change lives."

Last year, Drug Sense worker Carol Darbyshire, who is employed by Lifeline Kirklees and provides outreach work in North Kirklees with young people at night, was a national runner-up, winning the Yorkshire and Humber region award.

One individual and one team chosen from across England and Wales will win £10,000 for their organisation. This will be announced in November.

Tony Cooke, senior commissioning and partnership manager for Kirklees Drug Action Team, said: "There is some excellent work going on behind the scenes in Kirklees which deserves recognition.

"This includes diverting people away from getting involved in substance misuse to supporting and treating individuals affected and helping their families rebuild their lives."

For more information about the Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives Awards 2007, visit uk/awards2007.