South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is on the look out for local community groups and organisations in Barnsley who have venues available for hire.
The Trust, which provides mental health and community services in Barnsley, holds many meetings and events each year. When the Trust has to hire a venue rather than using its own it is making a commitment to hold these, whenever possible, in the heart of the local community. This includes ensuring any money the Trust has to pay for hire costs goes back into local community funds – rather than to private companies.
The Trust is appealing to local venues to get in touch to make sure their details are recorded in the Trust’s directory of community venues. This directory is available to all Trust staff who book venues for meetings and events.
By using community venues, the Trust will not only be playing a part in sustaining the Barnsley community, but it will also promote the use of accessible venues; giving people more sustainable transport options such as getting the bus or walking to a meeting instead of using a car.
The Trust’s director of corporate development Dawn Stephenson said, “The Trust recognises its responsibility to be a good corporate citizen by putting social, economic and environmental considerations at the heart of its decision making. One of the ways we can do this is by using community venues rather than commercial and private venues – such as hotels and exhibition centres.
.”We will use our own venues whenever possible, but by also using community venues we can continue to conduct our business in the very heart of the communities we serve.”
If you run a church a hall, community centre or a playgroup with a spare room register it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01924 328656.