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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]

Does anyone feel able to help these students with their research into domestic violence in a lesbian or gay setting? Get in touch with them by email if you do.

Here’s their explanation of their project:

We are two third year Sheffield Hallam Psychology students and we are looking for lesbian and gay participants who are aged 18 years or over to take part in our research project. You should be willing to disclose your gender and your sexual orientation in an anonymous and confidential online questionnaire in order to participate.

We are looking at perceptions of the likelihood of reporting domestic violence to the police in different relationship types. We are also interested in looking to see if there are any gender differences in reporting behaviour in this subject area. This research aims to aid South Yorkshire Police in their reporting practice. As a participant, you will be required to imagine yourself as a victim of domestic abuse and then fill in a short online questionnaire about the likelihood of reporting the described domestic abuse in a hypothetical situation. If you do not feel that you would wish to or be able to imagine yourself as a domestic abuse victim then we strongly recommend that you do not take part in this study.

At no point will you be asked about any personal experiences, including if you have or have not been a victim of domestic violence.

If you would like any further information or are interested in taking part please contact us using the email below.

Thank you,

Natalie Slater & Becki Robinson

[email protected]

Next Meeting

Friday 18 July's meeting is CANCELLED.

Details of the next meeting will follow.


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