Celebrate and support our armed forces community

What's on offer for our armed forces community 

Armed Forces Walkway 

Our Armed Forces Walkway is a space to remember our armed forces personnel. It was created in partnership with Barnsley College.

The walkway is on Westgate in the college gardens. It's a great place for families and friends to sit and think of those who have served and are serving.

You can find out how to apply for a stone on the Armed Forces Walkway webpage.

Activities, events and groups 

There's a range of activities for our armed forces community. Find a local group or activity to join.

Regular activities

Barnsley Armed Forces and Veteran breakfast clubs

There are two armed forces and veteran's breakfast clubs that regularly meet in Barnsley: 

Every Saturday 9.30am  The Manx Arms, 32 Sheffield Rd, Barnsley S70 1HP
Alternative Fridays 9.30am  The Snap Tin Care, 1 Barburgh Lane, Goldthorpe, S63 9PG
First Saturday of the month 10am Prince of Wales pub, High Street, Wombwell, S73 0DA
Date  Time Where to meet

Find out more about the breakfast clubs at Live Well Barnsley.

Royal British Legion meetings 

Come along and join our meetings for social, fundraising, and welfare activities. Find out more about the meetings.

Where to meet
RBL Churchfield Branch
Every third Sunday in the month
12pm Wilthorpe and Redbrook Community Centre, 184 Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JR
RBL Wombell and Darfield
Every second Sunday of the month
12pm Wombwell Working Men's Club, S73 0AY

Local groups

You can look at Live Well Barnsley and search Armed Forces, to find groups and services for our local armed forces community.

Barnsley FC Community Trust

Barnsley FC Community Trust run a programme for inactive adults over the age of 30. It aims to support men to make positive lifestyle changes and become more active. It also helps increase knowledge and skills about living a healthy life.

Read more about the Fit Reds Programme or follow Barnsley FC Fit Reds Vets on X.

Let us know about an event

If you want to let us know about an armed forces event or activity that we can help promote for you, please fill in our online form.

How businesses can show their support to our armed forces community 

Become a forces friendly employer

The Armed Forces Covenant supports those who serve.

You can sign the covenant if you're a business, charity or other public sector organisation. Your business can be of any size and you can make your own promises on how you'll offer support.

Find out more about being a forces friendly employer

Benefits of employing veterans

Veterans will have a varied set of skills that could enhance your business in lots of different ways. Employing a veteran can also impact your team in a positive way.

Examples of skills and characteristics veterans will possess and bring to your organisation include:

  • Calmness under pressure and sound judgement
  • Problem solving and organisational skills
  • Teamwork and dedication
  • Professionalism and a strong work ethic
  • Integrity and loyalty
  • Goal oriented and multi skilled
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Leadership, communication, and strategic thinking
  • Resourcefulness, resilience, and adaptability

Armed Forces Covenant Grants

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust funds projects that deliver against and have an impact on specific priorities.

The Trust manages various grant programmes, each with its own eligibility criteria, application process and programme guidance. Find out more and check funding eligibility and criteria for current programmes.

Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme awards those who have given support to the armed forces community. It includes bronze, silver and gold awards

Barnsley Council have achieved a gold award as part of this scheme.

How to promote the armed forces community

  • You can show your support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Then using the Covenant logo on your materials.
  • The Military Human provide training to help people to understand military culture and transition from the forces. The sessions are for front line staff in the council, community, health and social care, and other professions.

Armed forces eLearning

Our eLearning course tells you all about the covenant. It covers how it can be honoured and used in our community. It can also help you apply the principles of the covenant at a local level. It includes a list of useful resources and the support for veterans. 

You can complete the eLearning on POD. If you've not used POD before you'll need to ask for a new account to be set up for you. You can do this by emailing us at pod@barnsley.gov.uk.

When you've got your login details go to POD and select 'external partners login'. When you've logged in, search 'armed forces' to find the course.

Meet some of Barnsley’s armed forces community