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The Gujarat Association of Barnsley is hosting an event focused on ‘Understanding and Utilising the Judicial System effectively’ which is aimed at providing information about how the judicial system can ensure justice for victims and witnesses of all communities.

People from all communities in Barnsley are invited to attend this event and full details of are available in this .pdf file.


On Sunday 11th January 2015, at 3pm, at Barker’s Pool, Sheffield City Centre, a service of commemoration, remembrance and solidarity for those killed in the recent atrocities in Paris will be held. The event will be reflecting on the lives of those killed and injured, and celebrating their work, as well as the ideals that they lived and died for.


More details are available from the event’s Facebook page.

To mark both World AIDS Day and Transgender day of remembrance, there will be a service at Rotherham Minster, beginning at 7pm on Monday 1 December. Everyone is welcome to join in this service which will bring all areas of the community together in the spirit of of both remembrance and hope. Come along and join us if you can.

Barnsley MBC are inviting you to comment on the vision and objectives, policies and proposals set out in the draft Local Plan Consultation Draft 2014, which will guide development in Barnsley up to the year 2033.

The consultation period for this document begins on Monday 10th November and runs until the 21st December 2014. Please visit the Local Plan Consultation Draft 2014 website for more details.

National HIV testing week runs from 22 to 30 November, and as the slogan says “It starts with me”. Or rather, in Barnsley it starts with +me, Barnsley’s first local group supporting people living with HIV in the borough.

+me offer free and confidential HIV testing with results available in under half an hour. It’s as quick as that to get tested and know your status. For further information or advice, take a look at this National HIV testing week poster or alternatively you can contact Karl Cooper at +me by phone on 01226 320148 or 07543 442547, or by email on [email protected] to discuss taking the test.

Whether you’re gay, straight or bi, getting tested in national HIV testing week is a quick and straightforward process, so step up and take the test between 22 and 30 November.

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 9th November

This is a time to remember and give thanks for those who have served and those who continue to serve the nation. There will be a service attended by  the Mayor of Barnsley and members of the Royal British Legion taking place at:

Church of the Nazarene, corner of Sheffield Road and Oxford Street, Barnsley S70 4PH starting at 6pm.

For more details please call 07446 352 503 or visit

Sheffield Hallam University are holding a debate on homophobic and transphobic bullying on 4 November 2014, 4.30pm for 4.50pm start (finish by 7pm)

This event will explore homophobic and transphobic bullying and prejudice experienced by young people, and the most effective and appropriate ways to prevent it and/or support those who experience it. It is suitable for parents and members of the public, practitioners who work with young people (e.g. teachers, youth workers, social workers, health workers), and teenagers themselves. There will be research presentations from Eleanor Formby (Sheffield Hallam University) and Clíodhna Devlin (LGBT Youth North West), input from local LGBT youth groups/workers, and an opportunity for questions and informal discussion. All welcome!


The debate will take place at The Crucible, 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA

Book your place! Attendance is free of charge, however places are limited so we’d recommend booking your place early using the university’s online booking form.

We are pleased to announce that the Forum, along with SW Yorkshire NHS Partnership Trust and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council have teamed up to sign up to the Stonewall Education Champions programme. More details are available here.

South and West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are offering free breathing and relaxation workshops and you are invited to “come and learn practical relaxation and breathing techniques to help cope with everyday stressors”. For more details see their poster about the workshops here. To book a place on the free workshops please call 01226 707602.



Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals are running an initiative to raise awareness and also to screen for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening. Please see the following few paragraphs for more details.


You might not have heard of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, or AAAs, before now.  Equally you will not know that you have one until it is too late!

AAAs are a swelling of the aorta – the body’s main blood vessel – and are a condition that effects mainly older men, causing around 6,000 deaths a year.  If left undetected, a AAA can cause the aorta to rupture, which is a medical emergency that often causes death.

The problem with AAAs is that they carry no symptoms and the only way to know if you have one or not, is to have a simple ultrasound scan.

Fortunately for over a year now, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals have been offering a AAA Screening Programme to older men across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and we are encouraging you to consider having the scan yourself (if you are 65 or over) or tell any of your older friends and relatives about the programme so that they can be screened.

We have over 30 AAA clinics across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and regularly use our specialist Health Bus to offer AAA Screening in more remote areas, so the AAA service is accessible to all.

The scan is also free, quick and very straightforward.  It is a simple ultrasound scan over your abdomen that takes around five minutes and requires you to do little more than lift up your shirt.

To date the AAA Screening team have detected over 20 of the most serious or large AAAs, which means that over 20 lives have been potentially saved.  We have screened thousands of men, offering the majority the peace of mind that they do not have the condition.  We are also the highest performing AAA Screening team in the UK, so if you contact us to arrange a scan, you will be in safe hands.

We are encouraging all older men to consider having AAA screening; for peace of mind and to ensure that we can look after you properly if you have the condition.

The national AAA Screening Programme website has a comprehensive list of responses to people’s questions about AAAs and is well worth looking at if you have any queries.

Alternatively, you can call the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme office on 01709 321189 or by emailing [email protected] to book an appointment, or to speak to one of the team about AAAs and the screening service we provide, in more detail.

Next Meeting

Next meeting Friday 16 January from 6pm in The Core off County Way, Barnsley.