General resources

General support resources such as information from other colleges, videos, podcasts and more. Free of charge and available to everyone.

South Yorkshire’s Homeless Survival Guide

This Survival Guide is designed as a first port of call for anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in South Yorkshire. It provides information on finding accommodation, food, health, other support and amenities in the Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham areas.

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Refugee Council – Barnsley Refugee Advice Project

We are here to help. We have a drop in service where our advisors can help you with:

  • Financial Support (asylum support / welfare benefits / destitution support)
  • Finding legal representation
  • Understanding the asylum process
  • Accessing health care
  • Accommodation support
  • Applying for schools for your children
  • Accessing ESOL classes and group sessions

We are also able to offer 1:1 appointments.

We run a number of weekly groups including our Conversation Clubs, ESOL Class, Women’s and Men’s Group.

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Barnsley Food Bank

Barnsley Foodbank Partnership is a charity organisation supported by The Trussell Trust, who provides food parcels to local people in crisis. Their food parcels contain nutritionally balanced food and are made to last 3 days. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, all working to provide emergency parcels to people in crisis. They work closely with other community organisations, local churches and community groups, who are key pickup points for the parcels. They also work with referral agents, who book the clients in for the emergency parcels. As well as food, they aim to provide essentials like toiletries, sanitary products and baby products.

Their volunteers work in the warehouse, packing food up parcels, weighing stock and bringing in deliveries. They also have volunteer drivers who take the food parcels out to the various local pickup points.

For information on how to be involved, contact us on or call 01226 235280.

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The Well for Wellbeing

The Well for Wellbeing service provides free complementary and beauty therapy for cancer patients in Barnsley.  For more details on the service please call 01226 733019

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Shout is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when people feel they need immediate support.

By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ a Texter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to them using trained techniques via text. The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feeling better.

Shout was publicly launched in May 2019, after a year long pilot phase. It is based on the successful US model Crisis Text Line. Shout is part of Mental Health innovations (MHI), which was founded in November 2017. MHI was set up following the success of The Royal Foundation’s ‘Heads Together’ campaign, which identified how utilising digital platforms and tools has huge potential to offer support services to individuals struggling with their mental health.

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Men’s Advice Line

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. We offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help keep them and their children safe.

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Beacon South Yorkshire

Established in 2000, Beacon South Yorkshire provides a range of services supporting carers across South Yorkshire who are caring for people with disabilities, mental health, dementia, substance misuse, or who are elderly.

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Walking With the Wounded

WWTW supports those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities. We focus on three key areas of support; Employment, Mental Health & Wellbeing and Care Coordination.

  • Employment support is delivered via Employment Advisors around the UK, delivering the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model.
  • Mental health support is provided by a network of accredited therapists delivering NICE recommended interventions. Therapy is able to commence within 10 days of receiving a service users consent and within 10 miles of their home (or using digital means).

Care Coordination is delivered by our Hubs in Manchester and Gateshead, and via our specialist Care Coordination programmes, including Project Nova. Care Coordination looks at the service users’ range of needs and seeks to address those in partnership with local organisations.

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Barnsley Recovery Steps


Barnsley Recovery Steps, is a drug and alcohol service that offer a range of free, confidential and non-judgemental services for adults aged 18+ and their families whose lives are affected by drugs and/or alcohol.


Our aim is to support people to stay safe and live happier, healthy lives, free from drugs and alcohol.  We have experienced and professional teams who will work with individuals on their journey to recovery from drugs and/or alcohol. You will be allocated a key worker who will support you throughout your treatment and help you to develop a personalised Recovery Plan, that is built around you and your circumstances. Our support package includes one-to-one support, structured group therapy work, health and wellbeing check, health screenings, blood testing and vaccinations, substitute medication is available for some drugs that you may use, detox from alcohol and/or drugs, a peer mentor/volunteer to give you additional support.


We can also provide early intervention and prevention, including brief intervention, harm reduction, outreach and training.


We can support you with your treatment and recovery in a number of ways such as joining one of our local recovery groups, ongoing support in the community when you leave treatment, access to get specialist services and mutual aid, working with community groups, we can help you find opportunities for employment, education and voluntary work


Opening Times

You can contact us Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (we are open until 7pm on Thursdays).


Contact Details

Humankind, 5 / 6 Burleigh Court, Barnsley, S70 1XY

Email address:

Phone number: 01226 779066


Other Details

Eligibility: Anyone can make a referral to the Recovery Steps Barnsley service e.g. self-referrals, family members or professionals.

We recruit and train volunteers – if you would like to volunteer with Recovery Steps Barnsley, please contact us on 01226 779066.

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“Umbrella provide early support interventions for individuals with low to mild mental health and/or learning disabilities.  We understand that one size doesn’t fit all and offer a “pick and mix” range of support that aims to improve wellbeing.  Our support offer includes personal counselling, structured group work, peer support, befriending and housing support.

Giving our service users the freedom to examine their own issues, empowering them to find their own resolution. Through our Befriending support you will offer support for up to 3-6 months with the aim of helping you achieve goals to address issues such as social isolation or fear of public transport to increase independence. Our Structured Self Help groups are designed to coach you in making simple changes and taking actions that can have a positive impact on your day to day wellbeing. Housing Support is available to those who are unable to access statutory services and aims to provide support with tenancy related issues to enable and empower you to develop personal resilience to live independently.  Our Counselling Service can offer up to 12 sessions of counselling to for those who may require an opportunity to explore concerns or issues in a safe, non-judgmental and empathic environment. Counselling is not about judging or the giving of advice, it is about giving someone the freedom to examine their own issues, so empowering them to find their own resolution. While out Peer support groups help you as a member of the community to connect with those around you.” For support with low level mental health you can call us on 01226 70 40 90 We are open 9am till 5pm, Monday to Friday or alternatively you can email

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Reds in the Community

Reds in the Community is a registered charity delivering community and charitable activities on behalf of Barnsley Football Club. They use the power of football and Barnsley Football Club to engage and improve the lives of local people. Professional football clubs are at the hearts of their communities, not just geographically but more importantly emotionally. They have a unique connection and draw that enables them to reach further and wider than others. This provides a great opportunity and responsibility to make a difference.

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Barnsley Carers Service is a new, free to access service,
here to support you in your role as an unpaid carer.
From both Their carers hub, and at multiple community
venues across the borough, They provide an extensive range
of resources, designed to improve your quality of life.

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Barnsley Advocacy Service

The service provides advocacy to all vulnerable adults within the Barnsley local authority boundary. You may be an older person, have a physical or learning disability, long term health condition or substance use problem. If you are struggling to access services or don’t feel you are being listened to, they can advocate on your behalf. They will operate a Waiting List at times and priority will be given to those who have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act and qualify for s117 aftercare.

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IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies they are here to help people get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for their individual needs.

Barnsley IAPT is a free service. They are part of the NHS and have a team of qualified and experienced professionals specially chosen to work alongside your local GP. They can help you:

  • Address current problems
  • Gain a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping
  • Make changes in your life
  • Talk about your difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
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Age UK Barnsley

Age UK Barnsley is a local charity supporting older people across the Barnsley Borough.

Its mission is to promote the wellbeing, independence, dignity, choice and inclusion of older people in the Barnsley area, in particular those who are disadvantaged through ill-health, disability, poverty or social exclusion.

The organisation is supported by many volunteers across its services including social inclusion work, day care, admin, retail and information & advice.

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Yorkshire Cancer Community

We know that it can be lonely having a cancer diagnosis. Outside of clinical appointments, or when treatment ends, patients often don’t know where to turn for further help and information.

Yorkshire Cancer Community is a network for people affected by cancer and those who support cancer patients and carers in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

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Our colleagues at the Single Point of Access Team have created a service directory which lists a variety of local services and support that is available during COVID-19.The Single Point of Access Team offers a comprehensive assessment for clients referred to mental health services provided by the Trust.

Single Point of Access Team Service Directory (PDF, 2 MB)