Community Services

There are a number of support services that patients can access for support. Some support centres are offering telephone support, others have issued documents on line with telephone numbers, guidance on staying well and lots of information for carers, friends and relatives. We have tried to include as many as we can in the list below:


There are a number of local services available to Barnsley families. Please see Synergy – Enquiry (


Alzheimers Society:

Dementia UK:

BIADS – Barnsley Independant Alzheimers and Dementia Support

The HERBERT PROTOCOL – This is a document designed by the police for families to fill in when a family member is diagnosed. It can help tremendously if the patient wanders off and you will be asked by the police if you have one. We have copies here in the Practice. Here is the link to the document.

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Dementia Friendly Barnsley – one webpage that shows all events offered each day of the year to support patients and families and carers affected by Dementia


Do you have any concerns about your child’s ability to communicate? 

By age 3, a child’s vocabulary usually is more than 200 words. Children can string together two- or three-word sentences. They can talk with you in a conversation that has at least two back-and-forth exchanges. Other people can understand your toddler most of the time.

Please contact your Health Visitor if you have any concerns.

Do you have any concerns about your child’s sleep pattern or behaviour?
Lots of young children find it difficult to settle down to sleep and will wake up during the night. Sleep regressions are disturbances in regular sleep behaviour. They can affect children at night-time or naptime and can cause your little one to wake frequently or fight being put down. They can even affect your child’s daytime behaviour. A lack of sleep may cause excessive grumpiness, crankiness, or hyperactivity. Outbursts are common. It can take patience, consistency, and commitment, but most children’s sleep problems can be solved.

Please contact your Health Visitor if you have any concerns.

Do you have any concerns about your child feeding themselves or playing independently?
At 3-4 years, there might be emotional developments, early friendships, longer sentences, a stronger memory, new physical skills and more. Activities that are good for development include reading, creative play, indoor and outdoor play, turn-taking games, and cooking. Children become more independent. For example, feed themselves, put on shoes that don’t have laces, undo buttons, and do a bit more when they’re getting dressed.

Please contact your Health Visitor if you have any concerns.

Do you have any concerns about toileting?
Constipation is common in childhood, particularly when children are being potty trained at around 2 to 3 years old. If your child is constipated, they may find it painful to poo, which may mean they do not want to try to poo. This can create a vicious circle; the more they hold back, the more constipated they get.

Please contact your GP if you have any concerns.


Every Mind Matters

Young Minds – Helping children and young adults to look after their mental health. YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds

Listening Ear: freephone 0800 048 5224 – a service for anyone who has lost a loved one and who needs support, advice or guidance


Shout: This is the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text helpline for anyone, it is anonymous and off bill. Text SHOUT to 85258 if you are over 18 and text CONNECT to 85258 if you are under 18. You will get 3 automated responses then you will connect with a trained Crisis Volunteer.

Amparo: Offers support for anyone suffering from bereavement after suicide. Phone number: 0330 088 9255

TransBarnsley: Support groups for transgender and non-binary
people every Thursday, 6pm – 8pm see website at

Umberella: Its OK not to be OK see on Facebook – @umberellamentalhealthservice or ask us for a referral


Healthier Together: Website developed by a range of Doctors and Health Care professionals providing guidance on a huge range of health conditions


We now have a Health and Wellbeing coach in the practice. They can offer support and ideas aimed at you personally or refer you to the NHS Digital weight management program


There are a number of groups in the area who offer support for those living with and beyond cancer.

  1. Free travel is available between Barnsley Town Centre and Sheffield Hospitals if you need Cancer treatment. Book a seat on 0114 553 3330
  2. Live Well Barnsley – advice from Healthcare professionals on symptoms, finance, practical help like support with shopping and a listening ear whenever you are feeling low or worried
  3. Have you heard about Barnsley CaPS, a support group for men living with and beyond Prostate Cancer. They meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month usually at Barnsley Market Kitchen. Sometimes its good to talk. Please ring 07565 201437 for more information.
  4. `If you, or someone you know is affected by cancer, you can contact today to see how they can help. Open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Call us: 01274 776688, or email
  5. We Can Survive singers – Today, it has 28 members – chiefly, women, although they’re keen to recruit more men – who meet each Wednesday at St Paul’s Church in Barnsley’s Old Town.


This is a lively and friendly organisation for people no longer in full time employment. They offer a wide range of learning, creative and leisure groups providing an opportunity to socialise and make new friends. Membership costs £12 per annum with a joining fee of £5. Get more information from their website – search for Barnsley U3A or ring 07512 206285