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Community Group

Barnsley Beacon has been providing support to friends and families of drug and alcohol users for the last 13 years.

It was founded by June Marshall in 2000 after dealing with her sons’ addiction. It has come a long way since then, providing one to one support, 24 hour telephone support, a Stepping Stones support programme and drop in sessions for the families of those battling addiction.

There are also respite evenings, coffee mornings and other events throughout the year to support those affected.

Although she was surprised to be announced as winner, June said it was nice to be recognised. “It was a lovely surprise and it was very much appreciated. We know we are doing something worthwhile and for someone to acknowledge that was really nice.”

The group recently announced Barnsley FC player Bobby Hassell as its new patron. “He came in to see us and we had a really nice chat with him. He’s going to help us raise some money.”

It has also won a High Sheriff Award, a Duke of York Award and June has also won an award for outstanding leadership.

But she said nominating other groups in this category was important. “I’d definitely encourage people to nominate, it really does help in the way of publicity and helps to get the message out there.”

The Community Group category is open to any group who can demonstrate their work plays an active role in community life.

We are looking for groups who promote community spirit, tolerance and co-operation amongst local residents. It may be that it actively helps to promote estate or area based activities, or perhaps provides support in some way for local people.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • Do you know of a group that provides a much needed service?
  • Does it make your area or some else’s a safer place to live?
  • Does it provide a lifeline for those in need?
  • Does the group provide facilities to engage young people who would otherwise have nothing to do?

If someone has done something creative, engaged local people in the arts or simply been there to support residents or those in need, we want to know.

Winners are likely to have devoted their efforts to the benefit of the community with probably no, or little in the way of a budget.

Nominations are invited from all types of community group, be it an amateur dramatics society, a slimming club, residents association, church or youth group.