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Putting Barnsley People First

End of Life Care – We’re developing a website for patients, carers, families and health and social care professionals and we’d like you to help shape it.

Thank you for your interest in shaping health services in Barnsley and for being part of the OPEN network.

We are currently asking people to share their thoughts and experiences about end of life care to help us develop a website for patients, carers, families and health and social care professionals.

We want to understand what information is needed in order to support people to live as well as possible until they die and to die with dignity. We know that people access information from a range of sources and a website with local information is just one of those many ways.

We would like to understand what information would help you either as a patient, family member, carer, or friend to understand what assists you.

If you would like to share your thoughts on what we should include on this website, please email them to [email protected] by Wednesday 20th August 2014. Alternatively you can send them in writing to: FREEPOST RTCH-GAZH-TZJH, Public and Patient Engagement Team, NHS Barnsley CGG, Hillder House, 49/51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY (no stamp required).

We’d also like to ask people about what they think to the look and ease of use of the website. If you would like to do this then please let us have your contact details: name and email address and we will be in touch soon.

Thank you for taking the time to feedback, your thoughts are much appreciated.

Kirsty Waknell
NHS Barnsley CCG Communications team


Sorry it’s such short notice but due to the absence of several key members of the forum’s board, we’ve made the decision to cancel tonight’s meeting.

The next meeting will be towards the end of August. We’ll let you know as soon as we arrange the date.

Please accept our apologies for ruined plans and wasted journeys.

The Dearne FM Radio Hate Crime Campaign went live on Monday 14th July 2014. It’s a 12 week campaign and you can hear the experiences of some victims of hate crime on the Dearne FM website. You can find useful information on hate crime on the South Yorkshire Police website, and there is also more information available at the Barnsley MBC website.

If you believe you have been a victim of hate crime or have seen hate crime being committed, don’t stay silent, speak up. You can report incidents of hate crime if you were the victim or if you were a witness.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime CommissionerLater this year Police and Crime Commissioners will take responsibility for commissioning victims services and as part of Shaun Wright’s consultation with the public, he is asking residents of South Yorkshire to be the driving force behind his plans.

The Victims’ Code of Practice came into effect in December, which aimed to improve the services offered to those who become victims of crime. Shaun Wright, the Commissioner for South Yorkshire, is asking victims to tell him about their experiences, so that he can ensure funding is directed in the most effective and useful way. He said, “It is really important for me to fully understand the experiences of victims before I begin commissioning work to help them.

“I would urge anyone that has been a victim of crime to take part in this consultation. I want to know about their experiences, so that I can ensure victims receive the best service, tailored to their individual needs, to help them recover from the experience and move on with their lives.”

The Commissioner’s aim is to simplify and improve the experience of victims by taking their views into account and ensuring they have access to appropriate support. It is important that as many experiences of the police, criminal justice service and support services are taken into consideration to direct future support for victims. In particular the Commissioner would like to know what support was needed at each stage of the process and whether or not it was provided.

There are two surveys available on the Police and Crime Commissioners website

The Commissioner would like as many people as possible to complete them, either as a victim of crime, or member of the public, so he can commission work according to the findings.

Are you aged 13 – 19?

Are you lesbian, gay, transgender or questioning your sexualty?

You are not alone! Come to our safe, fun, supportive LGBT Youth Group.

Click the poster for more information.

Click to download the leaflet

Click to download the leaflet


SWYP receive their Rainbow Tick certificates

SWYP receive their Rainbow Tick certificates

We are pleased to report that the South and West Yorkshire Partnership (the local NHS Foundation trust) has been awarded the Rainbow Tick.

The award recognises their continued commitment to equality and diversity and marks the Trust as a safe and inclusive environment for service users and staff.

By displaying the Rainbow Tick, the Trust reaffirms its view that hate crime, harassment and negative behavior will not be tolerated.

Read more here.

Working Together To Reduce Smoking Prevalence In Barnsley

Barnsley’s Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers stop smoking support to individuals, groups and workplaces within the Barnsley area.

We are raising awareness about our service and would love the opportunity to come and talk to your group.

Even if no one in the group smokes, most people will probably know someone who does who could benefit from our support.

The Service is happy to bring out a few of our service packs to pass on to people.

Please help us spread the word!

Just give us a call or email me.

Telephone: 01226 737077
Email: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Barnsley Stop Smoking Service, 12-14 Eldon Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2JB
Website: Email: [email protected]

On Saturday 21st June 2014 360 Engagement will be holding Barnsley’s first ever equality conference, where we will be celebrating the work of the equality forums over the last year.

We will also see the launch of the Faith in Barnsley Forum and the new Hate Crime Strategy that the equality forums have contributed to.

As usual there will be other workshops where you can input to change in Barnsley and of course there will be ethnic food and refreshments on the day.

All this will culminate in the Equality Forum Awards where you will be able to recognise the outstanding work of some of the forum members.

Please put the date in your diary, it will be at Barnsley Town Hall and will begin at 10:00 and will last until 15:30.

If you would like to book your place in advance please email with your details to [email protected] or contact Roya on 07429 028705

1 in 3 people over 65 will develop some form of dementia, and older LGBT people are statistically more likely to find themselves living alone.

What does this mean for affected individuals, and the LGBT community as a whole?

Here’s a new leaflet on the subject [PDF format]

Next Meeting

Next meeting Friday 15 August from 6pm in the Rigby Suite at the Metrodome, Barnsley.