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Survey to gather views on community mental health
RESIDENTS in Barnsley could be asked to take part in a survey regarding community mental health.
The South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Trust carry out the survey to understand what patients think about their care.
Last year, almost 15,000 people took part in the survey which helped the trust improve the quality of care they offer.
A spokesperson for the trust said: “Participation is voluntary and all answers are confidential.
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Lottery on the hunt for Barnsley 'game changers'
BARNSLEY’S ‘game changers’ are being encouraged to apply for National Lottery grants.
Since the first draw was held in November 1994, more than £101m has been awarded to good causes in Barnsley through 1,764 individual grants.
As part of the National Lottery’s 30th birthday celebrations, they are on the hunt for 30 people who have done extraordinary things over the last three decades.
Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added: “Since it...
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Tenants' opinions sought in survey
BERNESLAI Homes’ tenants are being invited to take part in a survey.
A total of 1,750 tenants will be asked to complete the annual satisfaction survey which helps the company understand how they can improve their services.
A spokesperson said: “The survey contains the tenant satisfaction measures that the Regulator of Social Housing has introduced.
“At the end of every financial year we, along with all other social housing landlords, will publish...
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New campaign highlights impact of smoking on mental health
BARNSLEY Council has joined local health bosses in launching a new campaign to make residents aware of the impact smoking has on mental health.
The new ‘Smokefree Starts’ campaign aims to help everyone understand the impact smoking has on your mental health and encourage smokers to give quitting a go.
Tobacco remains one of the most preventable causes of ill health, disability and death, with at least 16,000 hospital admissions every year in...
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Animal rescue plans charity night
A CHARITY night in aid of Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity will take place next month.
It will be held on June 7 at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium – and medium Linda Sheppard will be on hand to speak with those in attendance.
A raffle will also be drawn on the night, with all the funds being sent to BARC.
Joan Jenkinson, who has helped support the event, said: “BARC have been...
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Prescription reminder ahead of bank holiday
HEALTH bosses in Barnsley are urging locals to ensure they have ordered their prescriptions ahead of the spring bank holiday weekend.
Over the bank holidays, many community pharmacies and all GP surgeries will be closed, so the advice is to plan ahead and order repeat prescriptions as soon as possible before the start of the long weekend.
Dr David Crichton, medical officer of NHS South Yorkshire said: “We are asking that you help...
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Ward Alliance funding revealed
THE amount of money each ward alliance in the Central ward of Barnsley have to spend over the next year has been revealed.
Each ward alliance is handed an allocation of £10,000 each year, though they also bring forward any unspent cash from the previous 12-month period.
The Central Ward Alliance brought over a total of £8,832 meaning they have more than £18,000 to spend on community groups and projects.
They have...
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Bid to improve dementia diagnosis rates
HEALTH bosses across Barnsley are encouraging people to ‘act on dementia’ in a bid to improve diagnosis rates.
Dementia is a progressive condition that impacts memory, thinking, behaviour, and the ability to perform everyday tasks.
There are more than 100 known types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Various factors increase the risk of someone developing dementia.
Dr David Crichton, medical officer at NHS South Yorkshire, said:...
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Charity offers free microchipping to help local cat owners
ROYSTON Animal Welfare is donating funds to provide free microchipping ahead of a new law coming into effect which makes it compulsory for cats to be chipped.
The legislation comes in on June 9 and RAW is working with Churchfield Vets to help local cat owners.
Open to everyone, the appointments will be between 9am and 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of May.
A donation of £5 would be...
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New night-time safe space to be created
A NEW safe space will be set up in the town centre as part of the council’s work around violence against women and girls.
The space will be open between the hours of 10pm and 4am on a Friday and Saturday night, though no venue has yet been confirmed.
It’s hoped the safe space will improve the safety of women within the night-time economy – though it will be open for anyone who...
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Commission aims to help Barnsley residents get into work
BARNSLEY Council’s ruling cabinet members will discuss the best ways to get residents into work at a meeting in July.
The Pathways to Work commission aims to pave the way for solutions to the barriers that people face when trying to get into work.
A council spokesperson said: “Barnsley residents are 12 per cent more likely to be economically inactive than the national average. This is different to unemployment.
“It means that...
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Funding opportunity for mental health support groups
GROUPS in Barnsley have the chance to apply to an innovative funding scheme which awards grants to tackle and prevent mental ill-health through nature connection.
Groups in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield can apply for up to £7,500 from South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).
The South Yorkshire Green Social Prescribing Grants Programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and many...
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Council announces changes to social care emergency duty service
BARNSLEY Council’s social care emergency duty team will be adopting a new way of working from today in a bid to support residents around the clock.
The team has been a joint service covering both adult and children’s social care, supporting those with urgent needs at night, weekends and on bank holidays.
Following an inspection in May 2022, a comprehensive review of the council’s emergency service has been carried out.
The review...
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Oakwell apprenticeship event
BARNSLEY Council is hosting an apprenticeship event at Oakwell next month.
Taking place between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday, June 18, those interested will be able to learn how apprenticeships work.
Matt O’Neill, executive director for growth and sustainability, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic option to consider.
“They can help people to get started and progress at work, while gaining nationally recognised qualifications.
“If you have an interest in learning more...
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Barnsley police host pop-up station
POLICE will host a series of pop-up stations in Barnsley town centre next week.
Residents who have been impacted by crime in their area have been invited to air their concerns to officers and can do so anonymously.
Three events have been scheduled to take place, each of which will last for an hour-and-a-half.
They will be at the Glass Works at 1pm on Tuesday, Library @ the Lightbox on Wednesday at...
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Call to get ‘Peace of Mind’ around early womb cancer symptoms
RESIDENTS are being advised to consult their GP if they detect any unusual symptoms that could be an early sign of cancer.
Following the successful launch of the 'Peace of Mind' campaign by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cancer Alliance, aimed at encouraging people to seek ‘Peace of Mind’ by getting themselves checked out without delay, focus is now on symptoms associated with womb cancer.
Womb cancer, sometimes called endometrial or uterine cancer, is the fourth most...
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Foster Care Fortnight celebrates special moments
BARNSLEY Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight 2024 with information sessions and a walk.
The campaign, which runs from next Monday until May 26, aims to raise the profile of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives.
The theme this year is #FosteringMoments, celebrating the moments that define fostering journeys, big and small, for foster carers and their families.
The moments that built confidence, made young people feel safe and created...
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Maternity initiative scheme sees drop in smoking figures
MATERNITY services have seen a positive impact on the number of pregnant women smoking in Barnsley since the implementation of a new model.
Last year, each maternity service in South Yorkshire implemented the NHS Tobacco Dependence delivery model – and since then Barnsley has seen the smoking at time of delivery rates fall by more than the national average.
A report states: “Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham have all seen smoking at the time...
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Residents urged to have cancer screening
HEALTH bosses are encouraging Barnsley residents to have their cancer screening test.
Everyone aged 56 to 74 and registered with a GP in the borough is sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit every two years.
The kit can detect signs of cancer before people notice something is wrong.
Nine out of every 5,000 people who use their test kit turn out to have cancer.
But if it’s spotted early, the...
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May Day Bank Holiday chemist opening times
IF you need a chemist on Bank Holiday Monday, the following pharmacies are open:
Asda Pharmacy Asda Superstore, Old Mill Lane, Barnsley S71 1LN 10am-4pm
Boots, 34-40 Cheapside, Barnsley S70 1RR 10am-4pm
Boots, Unit 2 Cortonwood, Barnsley S73 0TB 10am-4pm
Tesco Pharmacy, Wombwell Lane, Barnsley S70 3NS 10am-4pm
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Get the correct care this holiday weekend
HEALTH bosses in Barnsley are urging residents to ensure they know where to get the correct care over the bank holiday weekend.
People who need medical help that isn’t an emergency are being advised to contact NHS 111 in the first instance by visiting 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111.
Patients can also get treatment for seven common conditions directly from their local pharmacy without the need for a GP appointment or prescription as...
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Make your vote count … are you election ready?
TOMORROW Barnsley residents go to the polls to vote in the local council elections.
We have a round-up of candidates as well as details of what you need to know about voter ID and how to check where your polling station is.
You can vote between 7am and 10pm and you can check where your local polling station is as well as the candidates in your ward and details of the South Yorkshire...
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New police survey set to be launched
A NEW survey which will target communities plagued by antisocial behaviour is set to be launched.
Barnsley residents have been told their local officers will be conducting the survey, which aims to seek out people who have concerns and how the police can better respond.
As well as this, a new format of ‘neighbourhood newsletters’ is being trialled in Barnsley, which will be available digitally or in print.
A police report said:...
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Change to election count
BARNSLEY’S local election count will be held the day after votes are cast next month after a box of postal ballots failed to be counted in 2021.
Traditionally, votes are counted overnight after the polling stations close.
However, during the elections on May 5, 2021, the council failed to count a box of postal ballot papers through ‘simple human error’.
This year, voters will take to the polls to elect their local...
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Remember to take your photo ID to vote
RESIDENTS in Barnsley are being urged to remember their ID when they go to vote next Thursday.
Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a drivers’ licence, including provisional; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or disabled person’s pass; and the new free Voter Authority Certificate....
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Health chief in call over Covid Spring booster
THE NHS in Barnsley has opened its booking system for Spring Covid-19 vaccinations.
People aged 75 or over, and children and adults with a weakened immune system, can now book their spring Covid-19 vaccine to get protection with vaccination appointments starting from Monday.
Dr David Crichton, chief medical officer at NHS South Yorkshire, said: “NHS staff have already been working hard this week to visit older adult care homes and eligible housebound patients...
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Domestic abuse services get Levelling Up boost
FUNDING of up to £600,000 has been received by Barnsley Council to increase its domestic abuse services.
The cash – from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – will go towards providing more immediate accommodation for victims in times of emergency.
A council report said: “IDAS has plans to develop properties to accommodate people who cannot access the women’s refuge due to more complicated needs.
“Length of time staying in...
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Cancer Alliance launches 'peace of mind' campaign
HEALTH bosses are encouraging Barnsley residents to get a ‘peace of mind’ check if they notice anything unusual which could be an early sign or symptom of cancer.
The Cancer Alliance’s new campaign launched this month and is aimed at giving people ‘peace of mind’ by getting themselves checked out without delay.
Early diagnosis significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and survival.
However, many people hesitate in seeking medical advice due...
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Students seeking dogs to pamper
DOES your pooch deserve a bit of pampering? Local students are offering to do it for free!
Wigfield Farm are appealing for owners to take their dogs along for grooming.
Dogs will be used for student training and assessment purposes therefore there will be no charge for this service.
The breeds needed are Cockapoo, Cavapoo, Maltipoo, other small poodle mix types, toy/miniature poodle, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Border terrier (hand strip), Border...
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Volunteers 'a huge part' of hospice
BARNSLEY Hospice has opportunities for volunteers in a number of roles.
A hospice spokesperson said: “Volunteers are a huge part of Barnsley Hospice and have been since we opened 30 years ago. If you'd like to dedicate some of your time and expertise to support us, we have a variety of roles currently open:"
The roles available are volunteer ward assistant, volunteer befriender, fundraising community event volunteer, fundraising public collections volunteer and volunteer...
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Speak up on safeguarding
BARNSLEY Council has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging residents to speak up on safeguarding.
Locals are being asked to speak to a member of the council’s team if you think someone’s being mistreated, neglected, harmed or is struggling with hoarding.
Anyone can raise a safeguarding concern, whether it’s about yourself, a loved one, a friend, a neighbour or someone you work with.
Wendy Lowder, executive director for place health and...
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Don't fall victim to ticket fraud
SOUTH Yorkshire Police’ fraud team are warning people who are buying tickets for gigs, festivals, football matches and more to look out for the tell-tale signs of ticket fraud.
When you miss out on tickets for an event you desperately wanted to go to, it can be tempting to turn to social media, online marketplaces or fan forums to ensure you don’t miss out.
Unfortunately, police say that some people who venture down...
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Five standing in Mayor election
FIVE candidates will be standing for South Yorkshire Mayor election on May 2 which will run alongside this year’s local election.
In South Yorkshire the functions of the mayor and those of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner are being brought together into the single role of Mayor of South Yorkshire.
As a result, the term of the current elected Mayor of South Yorkshire has been shortened by two years, bringing the election...
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New cancer support group launched
A NEW support group for residents who have been affected by cancer is set to launch later this month.
The first session will take place at 2pm on April 16, at the Barnsley Healthcare Federation’s Priory Campus on Pontefract Road, Lundwood.
A spokesperson for the federation said: “This group is for all carers, loved ones, relatives, and friends of those living with cancer, and affected by cancer.
“The group is also open...
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Market boost for animal charities
CHARITIES are being invited to apply for a stall at a charity market in Hoyland.
The event at Hoyland Market on Tuesday May 28, will give animal welfare charities a free platform to reach a wider audience.
A second charity market planned for September will be open to all charities.
Applications are open for the May event, where our regular Tuesday stalls will also be trading.
The council is also encouraging...

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