A NEW project to improve children’s health and wellbeing across Barnsley was launched today.

The council’s ‘Healthy Futures Barnsley’ scheme has three elements that will work to improve health and wellbeing in kids.

Every two years a ‘let’s hear your voice’ survey will be completed by school children - with questions asked on a wide range of health topics such as what they eat and relationships.

Schools and early years settings will also be able to work towards a ‘Healthy Settings’ accreditation using an interactive assessment tool.

This will help schools meet local and national priorities.

Julia Burrows, the town’s director of public health, said: “We want Barnsley to be the place of possibilities, a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be.

“Barnsley children should have the best possible chance of enjoying life in good physical and mental health.

“The Healthier Futures Barnsley project is a fantastic piece of work that will help all our schools and education settings to improve the health and wellbeing of our children.

“I’d like to thank the schools that have worked with us to develop this project, and I’m excited to see the positive impact on health in our borough.”

The Healthy Futures website is now also live and can be found on the Barnsley Council website.