Support groups and advice guides

We have a wide range of community and voluntary support groups in Barnsley. They provide information, advice, and activities for people with disabilities, older people, those with health or social care needs, and their families. 

Joining a group can put you in touch with other people with needs similar to yours. It can also help you to make friends and broaden your social circles.

These are just a few of the things you could do:

  • link up with a volunteer who will help you get out and about - shopping, to the library, to a class
  • take part in organised activities at your local leisure centre specifically for people who are older or who have a disability
  • join a class or a group such as those run by local charities like Age UK and MIND

Check the Voluntary Action Barnsley website and our online adult health and care directory for more information.

If you want to help others and give something back to your community, why not get involved in volunteering. Voluntary Action Barnsley can put you in touch with groups and services locally that offer these kind of opportunities.

Older people's support groups
Age UK Barnsley  provides a wide range of services across Barnsley that are tailor-made for the over 50s.
Alzheimer's Society offers information and advice services, peer support groups, and carers' support.
Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) offers support to Barnsley people, and their families, who are affected by any form of dementia
Independent Age provides information and advice for older people on social care, welfare benefits, and befriending.
Mental health support groups
Barnsley MIND offers advice and support to people with a mental health problem.
Making Space                       supports people with mental health conditions and dementia, including their carers. 
Sight loss and hearing impairment support groups
Sightline provides information about local organisations for blind and partially sighted people.
RNIB supports blind and partially sighted people. They provide downloadable factsheets about living with sight loss. They include advice about travel, shopping, managing your finances and living independently.
Guide Dogs UK a national charity that's been breeding and training guide dogs for over 75 years.
The Romero Project a local support group that provides help and advice for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and their families.
Action on Hearing Loss formerly the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. They offer a free helpline and information about services and support where you live.
Deafblind UK provides support services to, and campaigns on behalf of, deaf blind adults, and their carers.
Physical disability support groups
DIAL Barnsley Works to promote a positive image of disabled people and their carers. They offer free and impartial advice and information to disabled people, carers, and professionals in Barnsley.
Scope Works with disabled people and their families to offer practical support, from information services to education and everyday care. 
Learning disability support groups
Mencap Works in partnership with people with learning disabilities to help people live their lives the way they want to.
Speakup Provides advice and support for people with learning disabilities or autism, to help them organise day-to=day living, like managing bills, using social care, and dealing with utility companies. 
Advice guides and factsheets
Independent Age Advice Guides a range of free guides and factsheets from this charity's website including:
  • coping with bereavement
  • dealing with loneliness
  • choosing a care home
  • getting extra help at home