BARNSLEY Council’s supported employment team picked up a national award recently.

The team, who support people with learning disabilities and Autism to succeed in work, were awarded the ‘development award’ at the Local Government Chronicle awards.

By collaborating with Barnsley businesses and partners across South Yorkshire, the council say this prestigious award win shows what’s possible to help everyone unlock the benefits of learning and work.

Wendy Lowder, executive director for place health and adult social care, said: “In Barnsley, we’re passionate about doing things differently to improve the lives of our residents.

“We’re really proud of our supported employment service, who help more people with learning disabilities, learning difficulties and Autism to be ambitious and flourish in work.

“It’s great to see the team winning this prestigious LGC Award, shining a light on how we’re being innovative in Barnsley to remove the barriers some people face getting into work.

“This award is a testament to the brilliant health and care partnerships we enjoy in South Yorkshire.”

Matt O’Neill, executive director for growth and sustainability, added: “We believe Barnsley is the place of possibilities, which is why we’re committed to helping more people to benefit from lifelong learning, skills and employment, creating the right opportunities for our residents.

“Supported employment’s success stories show how we’re creating ambition and helping more people unlock the benefits of learning and work.

“I’m delighted to see this being recognised at this year’s LGC Awards, showing how we’re leading the way in Barnsley in growing an inclusive economy that benefits both our communities and businesses.”