A ‘LIFELINE’ venue which was run by students with special educational needs before it was closed last year has now officially reopened to the public.

The Makery, on Barugh Green Road in Barugh Green, opened its doors to the public almost a decade ago – and those who used it described it as a ‘lifeline’.

Young adults with special needs had been using the store as a route to get work experience in a way they perhaps might not have been able to otherwise.

Last year, the venue subsequently closed – but the site reopened as Cafe Crossroads last month..

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Mick Stowe cut the ribbon in a special ceremony at the site, which was attended by the community, recently.

Crossroads Caring for Carers provides practical, consistent support to carers and the people they care for either in the home or in the wider community.

The site will be used as a community hub, with residents delighted that the venue will finally come back into use.

Joseph David, the charity’s CEO, said the charity is excited to work with the community.