Community and relationships

Our armed forces community have healthy relationships and are integrated into our communities.

We're proud of our community and understand the importance of forming good relationships.

Armed Forces Covenant forum

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

It's an opportunity to share with members of the armed forces community, relevant stakeholders and members of the public information and updates about what's happening in Barnsley and in the wider Sheffield region.

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

Email us at for more information on the Armed Forces Covenant.

Armed Forces Walkway

Our new HM Armed Forces Walkway, created in partnership with Barnsley College, has provided a dedicated space to commemorate our armed forces personnel.

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

Find out more about our Armed Forces walkway and how to apply for a stone.


Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care can offer the support you need online or by visiting a nearby branch, or you can call their helpline.

The Independent Inquest Advice (IIA) Service

The IIA provides 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.

SSAFA support groups

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) offer various support groups for bereaved families, offering the opportunity to speak to a network of different people. Find out more about SSAFA support groups

Events and local support groups

Find out more about upcoming armed forces events and local support groups to get involved with. Meet like-minded people of all ages and enjoy some social time to build new friends and get involved in the community.  

SSAFA South Yorkshire 

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (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, and to their families. 

Find out more about the SSAFA or call them on 07483 214925.

Support for armed forces children

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

Children can be affected by:

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

Here are some services that may be able to help: 

Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

The Bereavement Scholarship Scheme is available to 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

The premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. The premium enables 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.

  • The Royal Caledonian Education Trust has an education programme working with schools and communities to provide advice, educational resources and training to help professionals recognise and support armed forces' young people's struggles. 

Veterans' Gateway 

Helping to give veterans and their families advice and support by putting them in touch with organisations, best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need. Find out more about the Veterans Gateway. or call them on 0808 8021212 or text 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 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 South Yorkshire.
  • Promote opportunities for veterans and their families to meet up at drop-in sessions within the region.
  • Supporting veterans to ensure they achieve their ambitions.

Find out more about the Veterans Outreach Project or email the veterans project manager at

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