Love Where You Live is all about finding ways to make Barnsley a place we can all be proud of.
There are hundreds of events and volunteering opportunities taking place across the borough, so you can get involved wherever you live.
We work closely with organisations like Barnsley CVS to promote and encourage volunteering. If you want to get involved, either because you have some free time or as a stepping stone to paid employment, we can help.
Reasons to volunteer
There's lots of things that affect how we feel about where we live; how it looks, what there is to do, and how safe we feel.
Addressing all these different areas isn't something that we can do on our own, and everyone can make a difference to where they live. By working together we can achieve great things!
Many of us already volunteer, without even thinking it's volunteering. You might do a one-off street clean-up where you live, help out older people on your street, or work in a charity shop. Whatever you can do in your area, either individually or as a group, makes a big difference.
The video below shows how the Friends of Stairfoot community group work together to make Barnsley a better place where they love to live.
You can see more examples of fantastic volunteering opportunities in the borough on our YouTube channel, including at Owd Martha's Yard in Hoyland, at Barnsley Main Colliery and Springvale community garden in Penistone.
You can also follow Love Where You Live on Facebook or Twitter. We post photos of people taking part in projects like community clean-ups and bulb-planting, as well upcoming activities you could get involved with.
Organising your own events
We like to hear your ideas about how to improve where you live. You might even find other like-minded people in your area who'd be happy to get together to make improvements.
Our Love Where You Live toolkit is full of helpful tips and advice on how you can promote your events and get people involved. You can even apply for funding through your ward alliance for a project if you can show that it meets the local priorities for your area.