Sarah’s Volunteering Experience

We have a handful of volunteers here at BSARCS who offer their time weekly to support our work, we are always grateful for the support they give us, and in the last year our volunteers have given us a combined total of 350 hours of our time. We spoke with one of our volunteers Sarah to hear about her reason for volunteering with us, and what she enjoys the most.

“The motivation behind me volunteering for BSARCS stemmed from my time as a service user. When Amy came into group one morning and said they were looking for volunteers for different roles within BSARCS, I thought it could be the perfect way to give something back. Although I honestly didn’t think I would be successful with my application. I was very surprised when I got the role of receptionist but then covid struck.

I love my role within BSARCS. I’m part of a team and I feel part of the team! I do some admin work such as phone bills, counselling evaluations, I upload evaluations in to the system, I maintain the help-yourself boxes, leaflets and notice board, I do any printing that anyone may want doing, I source and print motivational quotes and other bits!

I love working in admin, so any more work would be gratefully received.”

Thank you for all your hard work Sarah, you are a pleasure to have in our office!

Sarah’s Fundraising 2024

Sarah accessed BSARCS services 2019 – 2022, and decided to make the amazing decision to fundraise by completing an abseil in January. I spoke with Sarah to find out more about why she choose to fundraise for us, and how the abseil went.

“When I used BSARCS services the staff team were amazing, I dealt with Lucy, who went above and beyond to support me, and that is why I decided to raise funds for BSARCS. It was my husband who put me forward for the abseil in November and at the time I didn’t really think much about it, I didn’t really realise what it was, and then I did…. I have a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Emotionally unstable personality disorder, I had a breakdown in March and I really struggle to get out and about, never mind complete an abseil, I am terrified of heights.

From November to January I put it to the back of my mind. On the day when we arrived I wasn’t too bad, then we started walking up the steps and felt really dizzy and sick, I got really emotional and upset. The others who were there completing an abseil too were really supportive and encouraging, helping me get up to the top. The last hurdle was to go up a ladder, I have got a huge fear of ladders, so I stepped aside and let everyone else go up before me. One of the others who was really supportive coaxed me up the ladder. I am quite small and the last step was very difficult, but I thought I am doing this for charity, I am doing it.

Once at the top, the staff were great, they talked you through everything and put the harness on me. I was shaking getting off the edge, I did not look down. You have got to go off the edge, sit in the harness and let go, they then release the line so that you go down at a good speed. But I wouldn’t let go. Then I thought, No I have got to let go, I am doing this for chartity, I have got to let go. So I did. I went down so far and then it got stuck, at this point I was laughing. When I landed I wanted to do it again. We are hoping to go to go ape in the summer.

The abseil really helped my mental health, I had amazing support and encouragement from my husband, family and many more. I didn’t think that it would be something I would ever do. I am still taking baby steps with getting out and about.”

Sarah raised an amazing £1000, which she split with £500 each for us here at BSARCS and for Help Homeless Veterans. A huge thank you to Sarah, what an amazing achievement. I get dizzy looing down our steps in the office, never mind from the top of an abseil wall.

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Sheridan fundraising 2023

As a charity we are responsible to a board of trustees, we are lucky to have Sheridan volunteer her time to not only be one of our trustees but to fundraise for BSARCS. Here is her fundraising story:

“I chose to fundraise for BSARCS because I love the charity and what it stands for, I wanted to support the people of Barnsley who may have needed the services in the past or who may be needing it currently. I’ve been a proud trustee for 2.5 years and I’ve been so in awe of the work carried out, the passion and commitment of the staff and the culture surrounding BSARCS.

So, I started training around 3 months before the 10k until shin splints hit! Meaning I wasn’t able to train (and barely walk), so I had some rest. After that I tried another light run, thinking I’d healed but unfortunately not enough and was advised to rest again. The weekend of the 10k I was struck with what seemed like a stomach bug and thought it was game over, then my period came (let’s normalise talking about periods in sport) and I felt like the universe was out to get me, but I powered through. Race day, the atmosphere, the weather, was just amazing! On the way to Leeds, I was telling myself “you’ve got this” and after 8 years of Jiu Jitsu and competing, I knew I could get myself into the headspace that I needed to do the race. I was prepped with energy gels, I’d strapped my shins up (which later fell off due to sweat), had my running vest on and I was good to go! Weirdly enough, I LOVED the run!! I had amazing support with me, who cheered me on from the sideline. I got over the finish line and had a little cry of pure joy! And then met up with my family and got a free massage that was provided as part of the race! I also got a free t-shirt and a medal!! Finishing time of 1 HOUR AND 36 MINUTES!

I’m definitely going to be doing some more fundraising for BSARCS, maybe this time it will involve a Stand Up Paddleboard, it’s a bit easier on the shins 🙂

I raised £270!!

Being a trustee has always meant a lot to me, I’m able to be a part of making real changes in an important service in Barnsley. I also get to make sure the team have everything they need in order to make the service the best it can be and so they feel supported in the work that they do. I still can’t believe I get to be on a board of trustees at such a young age, but it is something I’m super proud of 🙂”

Thank you so much Sheridan, look at that smile, what an achievement!

Rachel Fundraising 2023

At BSARCS we have volunteers as part of our team, volunteers bring new knowledge and enthusiasm in to the services that we provide. Rachel has been volunteering for BSARCS for quite some time, and supports the development team in the front line facilitation of group work in our wellbeing group and our post support group for those who have completed service with us. Not only does Rachel breathe a breath of fresh air in to our group sessions every week she has chosen to raise money for BSARCS by completing a colour run in June. We caught up with Rachel to find out more:

“I wanted to raise money for BSARCS as I do a lot of charity work, I do a lot to do with alzheimer’s, cancer, domestic abuse and sexual violence. As myself or other people I know have been affected. I wanted to raise money for a local charity and this was perfect.

I wanted to become a volunteer due to previously using the service myself. I wanted to help other adults and children who are in the position that I had been and show them there is a positive outcome to something so horrible. I also volunteered to get myself back in to work and this was a good way to do so. It gave me confidence to find myself a part time job.

My volunteering role: I work with the group facilitators to help women, give them extra support before and after their work with BSARCS. We provide a comfortable space to talk about feelings, and give them tools to help with things like sleep issues, anxiety and whatever they share they need support with. In our grounding discussions, we provide creative activities such as pebble painting, this can be really relaxing and is a time when people usually open up.

For the fundraising me and my partner Stuart are doing for BSARCS, we are completing the colour run in June, we are preparing by going on runs when we can and getting a little bit fitter”

Stuart shared:

“I wanted to help my partner as she has been through the services and I want to show my support to her and others going through similar things. We are trying to do some running when we can to get ready for our colour run in June”.

We love the support for BSARCS and for each other shared by Rachel and Stuart, and cannot thank them enough for the money raised to support the work of BSARCS. BSARCS worked with 1500 individuals last year, and the £105 raised by these two colourful runners will go a long way in continuing the support we offer. And let’s not forget the week by week support that we continue to receive from Rachel as a volunteer in our group sessions!

Well done, and thank you for your continued support from all at BSARCS!

Sarah Fundraising 2023

At BSARCS we are fortunate to have fantastic Volunteers and Fundraisers as part of our team, their efforts, determination and commitment is amazing and we wanted to take an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the fantastic work that they do and continue to do. I took some time to chat with one of our fundraisers Sarah to hear more about her fundraising for BSARCS:

“Unfortunately nearly 10 years ago I had to use BSARCS service, it isn’t something you think you will ever need to use, or should have to use. But at 18 I was assaulted on a night out, I was really lucky and had amazing support from friends and family but they can only support so far. I had amazing support from BSARCS, I was supported by being walked through the court case, which is something you have no idea how it will look, but why would you? So something really overwhelming was broken down and explained to me and the support I got from BSARCS was invaluable.

I am lucky now that 10 years on I have been able to move on, it is never something you will forget, but something I can live with and move forward with my life. So that is why I decided to run the marathons, initially I signed up for the London marathon but didn’t hear anything back so applied for Leeds marathon, as luck would have it in the end I ended up signed up for both so here I am having ran one marathon London (23rd April) getting ready to run my next marathon Leeds (14th May). Both marathons are 26.2 miles each.

I am not a runner, it isn’t something that I have done for years, this was a “let’s go for it” moment, I enjoy pushing myself and doing things like this. I have always done fundraising for charity. To prepare for the marathons I have been following a 16 week training plan, this includes 3 runs a week and 2 strength sessions. My Saturday/Sundays are taken up with long runs, it is recommended that you only go up to 21 miles before the big day of the run. I am excited but nervous, I try not to say how long the marathons are out loud. I did run the Manchester half marathon last year for another charity, and the training for that felt a lot less serious and I felt I could just mess around, whereas training for this marathon I don’t feel that. I think after the marathon the next day I am going to have a big Sunday roast washed down with a big glass of wine”

Unfortunately Sarah had to defer her place in the Leeds Marathon due to a calf injury. We are incredibly proud of her for her efforts and hard work, I mean, here at BSARCS some of us huff and puff after 3 flights of stairs!

Sarah shared her thoughts on the London marathon

“The good news is that London was incredible, the atmosphere was amazing and I’m so glad I got to do to it. The most important part is that the final fundraising figure is £2564! I set out with a target of £1000 so I’m absolutely over the moon with this and cannot thank you enough for your support!

I’ve attached a picture below of me once I’d survived the 26.2 miles with my BSARCS T-shirt”

Look at that smile! What an achievement, £2564 raised. This money will go directly to the adults and children that we support here at BSARCS, providing them with the support tools and mechanisms to get the most out of their support.

Well done from all at BSARCS!

Easter 2023

BSARCS’ offices are closed on Friday 7th April and Monday 10th April, we reopen on Tuesday 11th April.

If you are experiencing difficulty throughout this period, the following helpline may be available (although opening times may vary)

Rape Crisis England and Wales : 0808 500 2222

Safeline: 0808 800 5005

Samaritans 116 123

 

The following services may also be able to offer assistance:

Alcohol & Drug support services

Humankind Recovery Steps  01226 779066

Drug & Alcohol Services (NHS Trust)  01226 435860

 

Children & Young People

NSPCC  01226 779494

Barnsley Young Carers & Sibling Support Service (Barnado’s)  01226 770619

 

Domestic Abuse

IDAS  01226 320112

 

Housing & Homelessness

Housing & Homelessness Service – 01226 773870

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing

The NHS operate a 24 hour mental health helpline 0800 183 0558 which people are able to access if experiencing mental health distress.

Single Point of Access – 01226 645 000 between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Single Point of Contact (SPOC) – Children & Young People Children and young people looking for help around their mental health and wellbeing should contact the Children and Young People Mental Health (CYPMH) contact point on 01226 107 377 open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm Friday (excluding bank holidays).

SHOUT  Text shout to 85258

CALM 0800 58 58 58

 

Money, debt & benefits

Barnsley Local Assistance & Welfare Scheme – access to foodbanks & grants
01226 775577

Barnsley CAB 03444 111 444

Barnsley Community First Credit Union  0303 03 000 10

GAMCARE (Gambling Support) 0808 8020 133

Christmas 2022

As BSARCS prepares for the New Year, we would like to thank our staff, volunteers, partner agencies and fundraisers for supporting us in 2022.

BSARCS’ offices close on Friday 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January.

If you are experiencing difficulty throughout this period, the following helpline are available over the festive season (although opening times may vary)

 

Rape Crisis England and Wales : 0808 500 2222

Safeline: 0808 800 5005

Samaritans 116 123

 

The following services may also be able to offer assistance:

Alcohol & Drug support services

Humankind Recovery Steps  01226 779066

Drug & Alcohol Services (NHS Trust)  01226 435860

 

Children & Young People

NSPCC  01226 779494

Barnsley Young Carers & Sibling Support Service (Barnado’s)  01226 770619

 

Domestic Abuse

IDAS  01226 320112

 

Housing & Homelessness

Housing & Homelessness Service – 01226 773870

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing

The NHS operate a 24 hour mental health helpline 0800 183 0558 which people are able to access if experiencing mental health distress.

Single Point of Access – 01226 645 000 between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Single Point of Contact (SPOC) – Children & Young People Children and young people looking for help around their mental health and wellbeing should contact the Children and Young People Mental Health (CYPMH) contact point on 01226 107 377 open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm Friday (excluding bank holidays).

SHOUT  Text shout to 85258

CALM 0800 58 58 58

 

Money, debt & benefits

Barnsley Local Assistance & Welfare Scheme – access to foodbanks & grants
01226 775577

Barnsley CAB 03444 111 444

Barnsley Community First Credit Union  0303 03 000 10

GAMCARE (Gambling Support) 0808 8020 133

 

Harvey’s Fundraising 2021

Harvey age 6,  was out food shopping with his Mum and the supermarket were asking for donations to the food bank.

His mum explained what it was for and that lots of people rely on food banks and that many children will go without Christmas presents too.

This made Harvey sad and he asked what he could do to help.  He got to thinking and decided to do he would do 50 miles in various activities, walking, cycling and running and he aimed to raise £50, so he could buy the children at BSARCS a chocolate treat for Christmas.

Harvey Fundraiser

Here is Harvey taking on the miles – even in the snow!

When the snow meant he couldn’t go outside he took to his bike in the garage!

Well done Harvey!

His next job was to buy the chocolate treats.

Harvey Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone donating, Harvey smashed his original target. This spurred him on to keep going and ended on 64 miles!

The additional money raised will allow us to support children in our young people’s services in other ways!

Harvey has raised over £2000 for BSARCS. He is our youngest fundraiser so we thought we would mark such a special achievement by having our oldest fundraisers present him with a trophy and certificate.

Harvey Fundraiser

Here are Judy and Les with Harvey :]

Thank you Harvey for all your hard work.

BSARCS

Christmas 2021

As BSARCS prepares for Christmas 2021, we would like to thank our staff, volunteers, partner agencies and fundraisers for supporting us in 2021.

BSARCS’ offices close on Thursday 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January.

Helplines are available across the Christmas break (although opening times may vary)

Rape Crisis England and Wales : 0808 802 9999

Safeline: 0808 800 5005

Samaritans 116 123

Other  helpful services include:
(although opening times may vary)

Alcohol & Drug support services

Humankind Recovery Steps  01226 779066

Drug & Alcohol Services (NHS Trust)  01226 435860

Children & Young People

NSPCC  01226 779494

Barnsley Young Carers & Sibling Support Service (Barnado’s)  01226 770619

Chilypep 0114 234 8846

CAMHS  01226 644829

TADS – support for young people with low level mental health needs 01226 872120

Domestic Abuse

IDAS  01226 320112

Inspire to Change  0114 2567270

Employment & Education

Barnsley Employment, Skills & Training  01226 775100

WISE ability  0300 303 3777

Health & Disabilities

DIAL – information, advice and support to disabled people and their families  01226 240273

Housing & Homelessness

Berneslai Homes  01226  787896

BMBC Housing Options, Advice & Homelessness BMBC Housing Options, Advice & Homelessness

Immigration/ Trafficking

Refugee Council, Sheffield  Visit website for drop-in details

Snowdrop Project 0333 880 5008

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Single Point of Access (NHS Trust) 01226 645000

Humankind Umbrella Early Intervention & Prevention Service  01226 704090

MIND (Rotherham & Barnsley) 01226 211188

Recovery College 01226 730433

SHOUT  Text 85258

SYEDA (South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association) 0114 272 8822

Money, debt & benefits

Barnsley Local Assistance & Welfare Scheme – access to foodbanks & grants
01226 775577

Barnsley CAB 03444 111 444

Barnsley Community First Credit Union  0303 03 000 10

GAMCARE (Gambling Support) 0808 8020 133

 

 

Thank you

Covid and lockdown has been incredibly difficult and life changing for all of us, for one reason or another. Some good, some bad, and some unimaginable. Many of us who would say we were ‘comfortable’ or ‘well off’ have struggled due to the pandemic.  At BSARCS many of our clients already struggled with finances so the extra burden of Covid had more of an impact than many of us can ever imagine.

 

In order to support clients who need it, we collect unused, unopened toiletries to help our clients who have to choose between bills, food and hygiene. It is something we have done for the last few years through donations from both companies and the general public.

 

Lindsey, runs her Bodyshop business from home and it was Important to her that the women in our support group had what they needed to get through the lock downs. Lindsey used her own commission, donations from customers and other consultants to collect a stock of products.

 

We are always so grateful for anyone who supports us in anyway and humbled when people donate to our cause.

 

We know these wonderful goodies were appreciated and went down a treat with the group.

 

Thank you again Lindsey – we really do value your contribution.

 

Team BSARCS