listen to information about council and health services on CD.
The Listening Points are a pilot project to help people to access
listening to information is helpful for a number of people who might not
be able to read leaflets. The CDs are available to listen to on the spot
or to take away to keep free of charge. They are already proving
Sylvia Smithson, the council cabinet member with responsibility for
social services, said: 'I think this is a really innovative approach
to producing information for many people, including people who have a
disability. The Listening Points will help reach people who experience
barriers when accessing services.'
The CDs are available in English, Urdu and Gujerati and can be provided
in other community languages on request.
Mohamed Iqbal, social worker at the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury,
Batley and District, said: 'The community language CDs will inform the
local ethnic communities how to get a whole range of services. Audio
CDs are especially important for visually impaired people who would not
normally be able to read printed information.'
Frank Bancroft, who is registered blind and works on the reception for
the society at the Whitfield Centre in Batley said: 'I am very happy to
act as a champion in distributing the CDs. I work in the ideal place to
ensure that people get these valuable information CDs.'
There are Listening Points at three Kirklees Social Services
Information Points: the Town Hall, Batley; the Walsh Building, Dewsbury;
and Civic Centre 1, Huddersfield. They are also available at Cleckheaton
Health Centre, Greenside Common; the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury,
Batley and District; and Southgate and Walpole family centres in
Computers will soon be provided at some of the s ame locations so that
people will be able to see the information online at the council's
website at www.kirklees.gov.uk
The Listening Points are a partnership project between Kirklees Social
Services, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Kirklees Customer Relations
Unit, the NHS and partner agencies.