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Joyful Hearts Sharing Talent event at Batley Town Hall.

Joyful Hearts Sharing Talent event at Batley Town Hall.

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Volunteers are needed to help boost the health and wellbeing of the Batley community.

The Joyful Hearts – Eat and Live Well project, based at the Pakistan Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) in Staincliffe, is embarking on a grassroots initiative which will include a befriending scheme, a diabetes support group, a keep fit walking group and other social events including a carers’ group and luncheon club.

Project coordinator Aliya Hussain also hopes to tackle social isolation and mental health issues with a series of workshops, as well as health problems surrounding obesity, alcohol and smoking.

She said: “We want young people, women and men from the local community to come and be part of these groups.

“We need enthusiastic and committed volunteers as it is they who help these projects become successful.”

Joyful Hearts, which began as a support group for Asian women, celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this month with an event at Batley Town Hall (pictured), using poetry, music and creative writing to unite the community.

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