Community and relationships

We're proud of our armed forces community. We know the importance of healthy relationships and being part of our wider communities.

Armed Forces Covenant Forum

The Barnsley Armed Forces Covenant Forum is a public forum which meets twice a year.

The forum is a chance to share information and updates about what's happening in Barnsley and in the wider Sheffield region.

The forum is chaired by Councillor Joe Haywood. Councillor Haywood is the area armed forces champion for Barnsley.

For more details on the Armed Forces Covenant, email us at 

Armed Forces Walkway

Our Armed Forces Walkway is a dedicated space to commemorate our armed forces personnel. It's been created with Barnsley College.

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

Read more about our Armed Forces Walkway. You can also find out how to apply for a stone.


Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care can offer support online or by visiting a nearby branch. You can also call their helpline.

Independent Inquest Advice (IIA) service

IIA provide free legal advice to bereaved armed forces families. The service can help you deal with bereavement through expert support at all stages of the investigation. Find out more about the IIA.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

SSAFA offer support groups for bereaved families. This provides the opportunity to speak to a network of different people. Find out more about SSAFA support groups

Events and local support groups

See our events and activities page for details of upcoming events and local support groups you can get involved with. You'll be able to meet like-minded people of all ages and enjoy some social time. You'll also be able to make new friends and get involved in your community.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

SSAFA is an armed forces charity. They provide life long support to those who are serving or have served in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force. They also provide support to the families of those in the armed forces.

Find out more about SSAFA South Yorkshire.

Support for armed forces children

Working in a military service affects not only the individual, but also their family and children.

Children can be affected by:

  • mobility - moving from one place and school to another
  • interrupted learning - moving to new education systems or learning styles
  • anxiety - due to the serving person being away from home for long periods of time
  • isolation - young people can often feel isolated from parents and serving members
  • taking on more responsibilities - this may happen when a parent leaves for active duty.

Here are some services that may be able to help: 

Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

The Bereavement Scholarship Scheme can provide scholarships for the children of service personnel whose death has been attributed to service since 1990.

To apply or find out more visit Veterans UK.

Childcare support

The Army Families Federation offers advice about:

  • how to register for day nurseries, nannies or childminders
  • childcare options
  • free early years education
  • moving schools

Pupil Premium and pastoral care

Pupil Premium was brought in by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of their commitment to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant. It helps schools to provide extra (mainly pastoral) support for children with parents in the armed forces.

Find out more about Pupil Premium.

Resources for supporting armed forces children

  • The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) employs parent support officers (PSOs) to cover four regions of the UK and liaise with schools overseas.

  • Forces Children Scotland has an education programme working with schools and communities. They provide advice, resources and training to help people recognise and support armed forces' young people's struggles. 

Veterans' Gateway 

Veterans' Gateway helps to give veterans and their families advice and support. It helps put them in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the advice and support they need.

Find out more about the Veterans Gateway. You can also call them on 0808 8021212 or text on 81212.

Veterans Outreach Connection Project

Veterans Outreach Connection Project in South Yorkshire provides a voice for veterans across our region. With the support of our local authorities, it does this by using the Military Community Veterans Centre (MCVC) outreach trailer. 

The MCVC trailer project is used to:

  • provide outreach support to veterans and their families across the county
  • promote drop-in sessions for veterans and their families to meet up in the region
  • supporting veterans to ensure they achieve their ambitions.

Find out more about the Veterans Outreach Project.

If you're a local authority, military charity, or non-profit organisation you can book the MCVC vehicle and trailer online.