TWO Barnsley community groups are flourishing after getting grant funding from the National Lottery.

Royston and Carlton Community Partnership was given £127,692 last year to help deliver activities for those over 50 - walking groups, a volunteer visiting service, healthy bones exercise classes, lunch clubs and dance classes have been offered so far.

Gail Naylor, Older Persons Project Manager, said: “The grant from the Big Lottery Fund has ensured the Older Persons Healthy Living Project continues to reach many lonely and isolated older people in the Barnsley area. We support older people and introduce them to new opportunities that they would not normally get chance to through lack of family and friends.”

Barnsley Domestic Violence Group received £433,030 in December 2010 for its ‘Get it Right’ project, which works with both victims and perpetrators of abuse. This includes an integrated support service for survivors of abuse and training workshops to facilitate early intervention of abuse.

Sue Stokes, Project Director, said: “This grant has given us the opportunity to further develop the group’s services for both victims and perpetrators of abuse and proclaim that it doesn’t have to be this way. Help and support is available.”