Support groups

We're always looking to involve our service users in shaping the services and support we offer them. One of the ways you can do this is by joining one of the groups below.

Getting involved gives you a chance to tell us about the kind of support that you need, as well as helping us to improve our services to meet those needs.

You can find out what each of the groups does and who to contact if you want to get involved using the tabs below.

Autism Reference Group

This forum gives service users the opportunity to influence the delivery of services for Autism.

The group's involved in things like the Self Assessment Framework, the new Library Sanctuary Space, as well as looking at how accessible various websites are when searching for Autism services.

Group meetings: bi-monthly at the Town Hall

Call: 01226 773447 for more information, or if you're interested in becoming a member.

Carers and Friends Forum

This forum gives service users the opportunity to influence the delivery of services for carers. 

The group is currently planning Carers Week, which will take place week commencing 12 June 2017, looking at the Carers Strategy and compiling the next carers newsletter.

Group meetings: bi-monthly, currently at Barnsley Beacon, but the venue will change after June 2017.

Call: 01226 773447 for more information, or if you're interested in becoming a member.

Mental Health Forum

We're currently setting up a forum for people living with a mental health condition, to give them a chance to influence the delivery of services for mental health

Call: 01226 773447 for more information, or if you're interested in becoming a member.

My Barnsley Too

My Barnsley Too is a forum for disabled people and their families, friends, and supporters that looks at ways to improve services for them.

Older People's Forum

This forum gives service users a chance to influence the delivery of services for older people. They're currently looking at various topics, including social isolation.

Group meetings: bi-monthly at the Town Hall

Call: 01226 773447 or 775838 for more information, or if you're interested in becoming a member.

Substance Misuse Forum

We're also setting up a forum for people engaging, or who've previously been engaged, in substance misuse services in Barnsley.

Call: 01226 773447 for more information, or if you're interested in becoming a member.

Wednesday's Voice

Wednesday's Voice holds a 'meet and eat' group for people with learning disabilities, where you can go along to make friends.

Group meetings: every Wednesday, 10am to 1pm in the Community Room at King Street Flats, Waltham Street, Barnsley S70 1JU

Call: Barnsley Advocacy on 0300 012 0412

Visual Impairment Accessible Environment Group

Email: Rehabilitation Officer
Equipment, Adaptations and Sensory Impairment Services

Your Voice

Your Voice Barnsley is a network for anyone in Barnsley who'd like to have their say, or get involved in making a difference to the way our health and social care services are planned and delivered.

Getting involved is easy - just get in touch if you want to know more about joining one of the above groups, or if you want information by newsletter or email:

Call: 01226 773447
Email: lovewhereyoulive@barnsley.gov.uk
Facebook: fb.me/YVBarnsley


Useful links

Topic Link

Choosing a care home 


Age UK has some really helpful information to help you find the right care home for you
  The Care Quality Commission inspects and regulates care homes and has information on its website to help you make decisions about care.
  Barnsley Adult Social Care has lots of information on getting help to live at home, choosing and paying for a care home and more
Dementia Keeping people living with dementia safe from trips and falls (video)
  Keeping people living with dementia safe and found (video)
  Keeping people living with dementia safe from fire (video)
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