HEALTHWATCH Barnsley celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special event at the Metrodome recently.

The service, which works across the borough, ensures that residents’ views on the NHS are taken into account.

At the event, attendees included representatives from the council, Barnsley Hospital and MPs.

There were displays and information looking at the work that Healthwatch Barnsley has been involved in over the previous decade and how making sure that people’s voices are at the heart of commissioning services makes a difference.

Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Mick Stowe, said: “Healthwatch are independent, strong willed, strong minded and not afraid to speak their mind which I think that speaks volumes.

“We’ve got people working locally, who see the triggers that need to be looked at to make a referral and be confident enough to make that referral, so I thank people who are running Healthwatch and to the volunteers

“I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank everybody in the service for the work that’s been done.

“The work that’s been done over the last ten years is invaluable.”