What’s on Feb to March

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Here is the link to our new ‘What’s On Guide’ for after February half term –

Please contact us on 352090 to book on any of our courses, massage & yoga have been particularly busy this time so get in there quick!


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Changes to Barnsley Children’s Centres

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As you may already be aware BMBC are proposing to make changes to Barnsley Children’s Centres.

The proposals include possibly reducing the number of Children’s Centres, changing them to Family Centres by widening the age range from 0-5 to 0-25, making services more targeted and reducing the amount of daycare offered.

Phase 1 of the public consultation regarding the proposed changes to Barnsley Children’s Centres starts tomorrow and ends on the 27th March.
At this stage BMBC are consulting only about the proposed move to Family Centres and the reduction in day care services. The second stage of the consultation, stating in May will outline the proposed model and will detail the impact on individual Centres.
We have been asked to encourage as many governors, staff members, partner agencies, families and members of the wider community to complete the consultation survey.
Below is the link to the relevant documents, the survey will be available to complete from tomorrow. We also have paper copies in Centre.
We would be grateful if you could complete the survey and encourage parents and other members of the community to so.
Thank you for your support,
The Children’s Centre staff team

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Community Christmas Spirit!

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Community spirit is certainly still alive and kicking in Hoyland Common this Christmas!

As you have probably seen from our previous posts we decided this year to ask parents to refrain from buying presents for our staff team. We are all very aware of the financial pressure Christmas adds to family life and felt we wanted to ease the pressure wherever would could, even if it was just one less present to buy,  wrap and deliver.

We did say that if families want to bring something in then to bring some donations in for the local Salvation Army. We chose the Salvation Army because throughout 2014 they have been a fantastic source of support for our Family Support and Outreach team. They have provided countless food parcels for families who didn’t have enough to get by, they have provided money for gas and electricity credit, Christmas presents, paint for a family with bare walls, cot mattresses, bed quilts and pillows to name a few of their kind contributions. And all these has been for families with children under the age of 5 who live in the Hoyland Common, Birdwell, Tankersley and Pilley areas.

We have been overwhelmed by the response from our local community for our request. We have had endless donations of food, clothes, shoes and toys. People have purposely purchased items especially to donate. Such amazing people!



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On Friday Hoyland Common Primary School donated 30 carrier bags full of unopened food that was left over from donations by parents for their children’s Christmas parties, along with uncollected hampers from their Christmas raffle – the Salvation Army were overcome with gratitude.

Today a business man (from Olleco, Wakefield) who lives in the local area, came, along with his family, to donate everything needed to make a Christmas dinner. This has now been delivered to a family with 3 children who up until this afternoon did not have anything, they were in utter shock when Becky dropped it off for them.  This gift has most definitely made their Christmas.

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And finally the Salvation Army has just dropped off 30 Christmas presents, all brand new items, beautifully wrapped and labelled with age and gender for us to give our to local children in need.

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We never expect such a fantastic response and we estimate that your support will have helped over 40 local families to have a more comfortable Christmas.

What can we say – THANK YOU!

We are proud to be in a community that has such kind, community Christmas spirit.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Hoyland Common Children’s Centre.

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Aiming High Article!

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If you see a copy of this months edition if the Aiming High magazine (for children with disabilities) make sure you turn to page 6 to see an article about our Therabuds service!

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The article contains some gorgeous photos (thank to parents for providing permission) and a great description of the group.

If you would like a copy of Aiming High please contact Amy Hylett, Family Information and Involvement Officer for Disabled Children and Young People on 0800 0345 340 or email infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk

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Thank you for your donations!

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A massive thank you to all of you who have made donations to our collection for the local Salvation Army.

We have had food, toys, clothes, shoes & bedding donated – all of which will help make Christmas more enjoyable for some local families in need.



We are still collecting so please feel keep dropping off anything you would be willing to donate!

We have received more donations.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Well Done James!

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We would like to say a massive congratulations to James Booker!

James started attending the Children’s Centre in 2012 with his two little girls and has been a regular attender at many of our sessions. He is now an active member of our Parent’s Forum and has supported the Children’s Centre in interviewing new members of staff.

Lynn Bergan, Family Support Worker referred James to Adult & Family Learning where he has gone on to achieve several accreditations. On Tuesday James was invited to a ceremony at the Town Hall where he was presented with his certificates. He asked Lynn to go along with him as his ‘plus one’. Lynn was honoured to be asked and felt extremely proud watching him collect his certificates.

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James has recently started a job as a chef at a local pub and we wish him ‘good luck’ – all his hard work has certainly paid off.

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