A NEW support group for South Asian families with drug-related problems has been launched.
The Sakoon Project aims to provide a listening ear and support to those affected by substance misuse.
It also aims to prevent the isolation faced by parents or carers with little or no English.
Nasrin Ghalib of the Project said: "Within the South Asian community stigma can prevent families and carers of drug users from seeking the support and guidance that they need.
"The Sakoon Project offers support at a time when it may seem there is nowhere to turn and the family feels unable to cope."
Sakoon means peace in Urdu and the phrase was chosen to signify the loss of peace that parents had suffered through drug use and how they had regained it by coming together.
There are 18 parents and carers using the service at the moment and a further 27 families are being supported.
Meetings are held twice monthly in the town centre, including sessions on drugs and drug treatment, advice and training and alternative therapies, respite care and day trips.
The project is funded by substance misuse organisation Making Things Equal - Lifeline Kirklees. The Project can be contacted at 01484 537511 or 0773 998 3071.