Nomination for inspirational charity group
Friday 5th September 2014
The Exodus Project works in some of the neediest parts of the borough with children aged eight to 15 to help raise their self esteem and realise their future aspirations.
The aim is to get them to take responsibility for themselves and pride in their communities.
Exodus has more than 60 volunteers, of which more than half are former members.
Mid-week activity clubs are run in Worsbrough Common, Darfield, Birdwell, Staincross and town centre, which involve dance, drama, music, sport and games. Children are also encouraged to discuss issues relevant to their community.
Every week, there is a different subject relevant to 'citizenship' - such as graffiti, vandalism or respect for the elderly.
They have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
Community Group Sponsor
Voluntary Action Barnlsey
Barnsley S70 2JW
Telephone: 01226 320100www.vabarnsley.org.uk
Voluntary Action Barnsley has been in Barnsley for over 30 years and offers opportunities for people living in the borough to get involved in their local community.
The organisation, based at The Core, has a range of opportunities available, including becoming a volunteer for a community group or voluntary organisation. Anyone can become a volunteer for an organisation and it gives people a chance to learn new skills, increase their confidence and make a difference to their local community.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is working with businesses in the area who want to give something back to their local community. Employer Supported Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering allows organisations to show they are committed to supporting projects in the locality, with staff given the opportunity to get involved in volunteering as well.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is the contract holder of Healthwatch Barnsley, the independent local consumer champion for health and social care services. Healthwatch Barnsley provides an advice, information and signposting service to the public as well as gathering views and comments from people accessing health and social services in the Barnsley area. These views are then fed back to service providers to ensure that everyone living in Barnsley has access to the best health and social care services possible.
David Brannan, chairman of Voluntary Action Barnsley, says the organisation wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because they know how hard community groups work every day of the year across Barnsley and want this to be recognised in our town.
Mr Brannan, said: “We are really proud to be sponsoring the Community Group of the Year category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
“We know how hard community groups work and the dedication that goes into these groups to make sure that local communities have access to services every day of the year.”