A change of perspective


Belonging in Barnsley provides support to young people from marginalised communities, aiming to connect young people newly-arrived to the country with local, like-minded young people. However, the project also aims to educate those from Britain to developing their understanding of diversity, immigration and asylum. As part of this, our team took two British girls and one European … Continue reading A change of perspective

StreetSmart back on the streets


We’re early into the new year, the nights are cold, yet our StreetSmart programme is back in full swing! Youth workers are out on the streets of Doncaster, Wakefield and Barnsley delivering short training programmes to boost skills and positive attitudes. Tablets, smartphones and Wi-Fi units are being used to create a truly ‘mobile’ training … Continue reading StreetSmart back on the streets

Time to change in Barnsley


Over the last few months, our combined Barnsley group of Latvian, Roma and white British young people have been working to promote equality and diversity in the town. Using their natural talent for music and singing, with our help, they have worked on and produced a cover of Michael Jackson’s classic ‘Man In The Mirror’ … Continue reading Time to change in Barnsley

Awards night celebrates a year of great work!


The Youth Association was proud to host the Hexthorpe Community Awards night on Thursday 15th November. The event was the first of it’s kind in the Doncaster neighbourhood, where over 100 people witnessed the presentation of 20 awards. Throughout November, over 500 local people cast their votes for businesses and community services supporting Hexthorpe. A … Continue reading Awards night celebrates a year of great work!

Hexthorpe girls get ready for their big performance


Our Hexthorpe girls group were busy this week, collecting their costumes and enjoying a well earned KFC after months of hard work planning and preparing for Hexthorpe Community Awards Night on 15th November. They took part in community cleans-ups over the summer with other community members and will now host an awards night to celebrate … Continue reading Hexthorpe girls get ready for their big performance

Hexthorpe working together to achieve a common goal


Our team in Hexthorpe has been on a mission this summer: We have teamed up with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to support local people, and particularly younger people, to clear litter in Hexthorpe and brighten up some of the streets with new planters.   After two weeks of hard work, local people have cleared 36 bags of … Continue reading Hexthorpe working together to achieve a common goal

Destination… Barnsley


A group of young people from The Youth Association played a big part in making last Sunday’s Destination Barnsley festival a fantastic success. The group were a mixture of young people from British, Roma and Latvian backgrounds from Central and North East Barnsley, who had chosen to come together to take part in the event … Continue reading Destination… Barnsley

Star performance


Newly-arrived young people in Barnsley often face disadvantages on many levels. This is particularly true for Roma gypsy young people, who lack access to services and suffer marginalisation and discrimination.  In summer 2017 we were asked by Barnsley council to help the local Roma community find its voice and feel part of Barnsley. Over the … Continue reading Star performance