A new drop-in hub for people affected by crime has launched in Huddersfield for members of the public to access free and confidential support on a walk-in basis.

The Kirklees Supporting Victims hub launched on Monday 23 January. It provides a dedicated drop-in space where Victim Support, West Yorkshire Police, Safer Kirklees Community Partnership and other community agencies work together to ensure people affected by crime can be supported regardless of race, gender, sex, disability, religion or age.

The drop-in hub is based at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield and will open from 10am to 4pm on Monday and Wednesday each week. Appointments can also be made in advance by calling 01484 415 462.

Diane Pae, Operational Manager for Victim Support in Huddersfield said:

‘We’re pleased to be expanding the support we already provide for people affected by crime in Kirklees.

‘This new hub means people will have easier access to our free and confidential support because they can just drop-in to speak to one of our specially trained staff or volunteers.’

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:

‘I have been working in partnership to set up victims’ hubs across West Yorkshire so that victims and witnesses have a designated place to go for information, advice and support.

‘I am delighted to have provided matched partnership funding towards this project in Kirklees.

‘I have pledged to put victims first in West Yorkshire and this new service in Kirklees does exactly that in providing further access to victims’ services in Huddersfield and across Kirklees.

‘It’s crucial that we work together to provide the best possible services and Safer Kirklees and Victim Support have been instrumental in bringing this new help for victims and witnesses to the people of Kirklees.’