In 2016 Barnsley won the national competition to become our first out of London project. Since then it has grown to become the biggest project in our stable with over 270 families supported across three different areas. In central ward we work with Barnsley Market which is over 600 years old and still at the heart of the town centre.

Barnsley Council is currently undertaking a massive redevelopment of the town centre and sees the market as a key platform for driving future economic growth. During the development work they have housed the market in a beautifully constructed temporary structure for three years while the work is carried out.

We currently work with 5 traders on the market. In the other areas Goldthorpe, Wombwell & New Lodge we work with additional traders, including three market traders and one traditional green grocer. 

In November 2017 the project in Barnsley won the Early Intervention Award at the Children & Young People Now Awards in London. It was a fantastic night with our CE Jonathan Pauling & Trustee Alison Chan joining staff from Barnsley Family Centres to pick up the award.

In other exciting news we are also partnering with Sheffield University in Barnsley to deliver the FRESH Street initiative. This project is working with two streets in the Athersley area and testing the idea of giving vouchers for fruit and veg to every household. Athersley is one of the poorest wards in Barnsley and falls within the 10 percent most deprived in UK. The aim of the programme is to measure the health impact of giving fruit and veg vouchers to low income communities, with improvements tracked via the Yorkshire Health Survey.

Findings of this research from Sheffield University are due in late 2018 and could form the basis of a bid to expand the work further.