COMMUNITY groups in Barnsley have received a share of more than £140,000.

The groups - which range from exercise and nutrition workshops for young people to multi-sensory activities for disabled people - have been given the funding by the National Lottery, which gave out £7m to community organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber.

One of the projects to receive some of the funding is the Welfare Hall Improvement Project, run by the Tankersley Community Association, which has received £57,832.

The grant will provide a series of activities such as art workshops; martial arts, yoga, and dance lessons; parent and toddler classes and social sessions for older people - all at the Tankersley Welfare Hall.

The project aims to serve as many members of the local community as possible, improving wellbeing and reducing social isolation.

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John Hopkinson, treasurer at Tankersley Community Association, said: “Thanks to the National Lottery players we are able to continue to provide a safe and welcoming facility for our local community.

“The hall is the only remaining resource in the area and hosts a wide range of activities from toddlers’ sessions to senior citizens’ social activities. Our community is thrilled at the future opportunities now possible.”

Abdou Sidibe, regional head of funding for Yorkshire and Humber at the National Lottery Community Fund, added: “When people work together, good things happen.

“Many of the projects we have funded this quarter are focussed on bringing those communities together and enabling people to make new connections. With their ideas, knowledge and passion, this money changes lives.”

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