Christmas gifts in the Stairfoot Ward

The young people of Aldham came together this week in an effort to bring Christmas cheer to their community.


With uncertainties over lockdown, they only had a week to plan the whole thing with youth workers Beka and Kieran. The young people put smiles on the faces of children, young people and parents this Christmas, by visiting homes in their community, handing out gifts to families and people they thought would benefit the most.

This group of young people have shown such fantastic attitudes and a range of versatility in their skills. So far, they have brought football sessions to their community and discussed social action projects. One such project involves painting a seating area their local park, which will take place in the new year. Another involved the formation of an LGBTQ+ group, who are working with youth workers online through virtual platforms. Soon they will meet Andrew Bogg, the Co-chair of the LGBT forum in Barnsley, and are now delivering Christmas presents to people their community.

These young people are at the heart of their community and have every right to feel proud of their achievements in 2020. Youth workers at The Youth Association look forward to continue working with them after the new year.

The gifts were kindly donated by ‘Honest Doderth Help A Neighbour’ scheme, an initiative set up by local people in Dodworth, Barnsley, to support people and families in need during these times.

The project is being delivered as part of our StreetSmart scheme that improves skills, health and future prospects by taking training and certification to street level. Support from Barnsley Central Area Team and Yorkshire Sport Foundation has enabled TYA to roll out the programme across Central Barnsley.

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