Your local area and ward

Working with you to help build communities that we can all take pride in has always been a priority for the council. 

We value the contributions that people make within their local area, through volunteering and getting involved in decision making, to really make a difference for everyone who lives there. 

By building on the work we’ve already done together we can continue to find new ways to meet the challenges facing Barnsley.  

You can find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area on the Volunteer in Barnsley website. 

Ward alliances

Your locally elected councillors work with your community to find out what needs to happen in the area where you live.  This is done mostly through our ward alliances.  These are groups of community representatives who have put themselves forward to work with councillors to find out the priorities for each area. If you're already part of a local group, or are active in your community, you can apply to become a member of your local ward alliance.  

Together, your ward alliance will develop a community plan for you to look at and see how things are progressing.

Each ward alliance has a small budget called the Ward Alliance Fund.  Community groups can apply for ward alliance funding for projects that they would like to deliver, to help to achieve some of the priorities for the area. If you're applying for a grant from the Ward Alliance Fund you will need to match the amount with volunteer hours. You can read more about applying for ward alliance funding in our guidance notes.

Area councils

There are six area councils in Barnsley and each is made up of the locally elected councillors that support your ward alliances.

The area councils use the information that you’ve told them about where you live, as well as national sources of information, such as the Census 2011, to decide what the priorities are for your area.

These priorities are set out into an area plan of what needs to happen, how this can be done, who might do this and what it might cost. We use the plan to measure whether what has been done has made a difference.

You can ask your locally elected members for more information about area councils, attend a meeting to observe what happens, or read the minutes to see what decisions are made. 

Community magazines

You can find out more about what is happening in your local area in our community magazines







  • Central
  • Dodworth
  • Kingstone
  • Stairfoot
  • Worsbrough
Central Area Review  Central Area Central Team 


  • Dearne North
  • Dearne South
Dearne Area Review  Dearne Area Dearne Team

North Area

  • Darton East
  • Darton West
  • Old Town
  • St Helen's
North Area Review  North Area  North Team

North East 

  • Cudworth
  • Monk Bretton
  • North East
  • Royston
North East Area Review  North East Area North East Team


  • Penistone East
  • Penistone West
Penistone Area Review  Penistone Area Penistone Team

South Area 

  • Darfield
  • Hoyland Milton
  • Rockingham
  • Wombwell
South Area Review  South Area South Team