FAMILIES living in poverty in Calderdale will be given a helping hand – thanks to new services offering practical and emotional support.

Calderdale Council is planning to award more than £100,000 to local voluntary organisations so they can run new projects to help tackle family poverty.

A variety of organisations bid for money from Calderdale Council’s Child Poverty Fund, and on February 2, its cabinet will confirm which ones have been successful.

Calderdale Council’s leader, Councillor Stephen Baines, said: “Awarding this money is another major step forward in our important drive to tackle poverty.

“We know what a really massive difference voluntary organisations can make to many local people, which is why we are investing in them to help with projects such as preparing children for school and getting people into work.”