Support groups and advice guides

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

Joining one of these groups puts you in touch with other people with similar needs to you, as well as helping 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

You can find out about local community organisations in your area on the Voluntary Action Barnsley website and by visiting our online marketplace Connect to Support.

If you're interested in helping others and giving 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 covering the whole of the area of 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) a local charity offering support to people in Barnsley affected by any form of dementia, including their carers, families and friends. 
Independent Age a national charity providing information and advice for older people on social care, welfare benefits, and befriending.
Mental health support groups
Barnsley MIND a mental health charity that gives people with a mental health problem somewhere to turn for advice and support.
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 a national charity that supports blind and partially sighted people. They provide fact sheets for you to download about living with sight loss, including advice about travel, shopping, managing your finances and living independently.
Guide Dogs UK a national charity that has 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 on their website about services and support where you live.
Deafblind UK a national charity providing support services to, and campaigning on behalf of, deaf blind adults, and their carers.
Physical disability support groups
DIAL Barnsley a user-led disability advice organisation that 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 throughout the borough.
Scope a national charity that works with disabled people and their families to offer practical support, from information services to education and everyday care. 
Learning disability support groups
Mencap a charity that works in partnership with people with a learning disability to support people to live their lives the way they want to.
Speakup an organisation run by and for people with learning disabilities and or/autism. They provide advice and support for people to help them organise day-to=day living, including managing bills, using social care and dealing with utilities 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
  • If you're feeling lonely
  • Choosing a care home
  • Extra help at home