Barnsley, we need your help.       

This is your invitation to work together, and every voice matters.

In Barnsley, we stick together, and we help each other out. In Barnsley, we don’t just talk about things, we do them. So, this is your invitation to have your say as part of a series of conversations taking place in January, to look at how Barnsley can come through COVID-19 stronger, united and ready to thrive.

Across the UK people are being asked to follow rules, to stay home, to distance and to stay away from friends and loved ones when we need them most. It’s tough. Let’s make sure that the people of Barnsley are safe, understand what’s being asked of them and why.

What do you think matters and what do you think needs to be done to get Barnsley back on our feet? How do you think we should come together to beat this virus? What solutions do you have for the situations we find ourselves in? Through workshops we hope to talk to as many Barnsley folk as we can. We want people who represent the whole of Barnsley, making sure no opinion is left unheard.

That’s where you come in, we need your help in reaching out to your community to get as many voices heard as possible. You’ll know how to do that best; send them an email, send them a text or give them a call. We’d like you or people you know that represent the different voices of Barnsley to sign up to a workshop here: bit.ly/C19barnsley.

About the conversation workshops

The conversation workshops will take place from mid-January and each will be around one to one and a half hours. They will be conducted independently by a behaviour change agency, Magpie (wearemagpie.com), and will be run as online video calls, telephone interviews and, in some cases, on the ground via key workers where it is safe and necessary to do so.

Anyone can sign up to a workshop, and the sessions are as follows:

Have your say. Sign up for one of the following workshops Expected date (times tbc)
For people with a disability and/or long-term health conditions Thursday 21 January 2021
For equality and diversity champions Thursday 21 January 2021
For people with lived experience of surviving COVID-19 Friday 22 January 2021
For people with lived experience of COVID-19 grief and loss Monday 25 January 2021
For adults Tuesday 26 January 2021
For people over 65 years Wednesday 27 January 2021
For business owners Thursday 28 January 2021
For young people (13-16 years) Friday 29 January 2021
For front-line health and care professionals Friday 29 January 2021
For Barnsley Council Staff Friday 29 January 2021
For young adults (16-21 years) Saturday 30 January 2021
For teachers and key workers for young people Monday 1 February 2021

If you, or anyone you know is in need of special assistance or has accessibility needs that need to be met to take part in these conversations, please contact: Louise.Hallworth@wearemagpie.com who can arrange this for you.

Thank you for your support and sign up to the workshop here: bit.ly/C19barnsley.