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'Remember to be kind to yourself' - mental health consultant
TEACHER-turned-mental health and wellbeing consultant Sarah Wray believes the key to self-care is in remembering to be kind to yourself as well as others. In the second in a series of guest articles, Sarah of LiveWell Consultancy shares her advice for 'self-kindness'...

Since lockdown started in March, we have seen many, many acts of kindness where people and communities have come together to support each other.

Why do we choose to be kind?

Kindness is...
Sherlocks set sights on cracking the US
LOCAL INDIE band, The Sherlocks - who have supported Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and also the Libertines - will be heading to the States for a whirlwind tour, only five days after their UK tour ends.

The band have previously toured America, but drummer Brandon Crook admits that they haven’t been ‘Stateside’ in almost two years and the band are keen to grow their fanbase across the pond.

The four-strong band from Bolton-upon-Dearne will promote...
Singer Shane is on final countdown
A SINGER-SONGWRITER could be in with the chance of winning big after getting through to the final of a national singing competition.

Shane Morrall, 23, has made it through to the final of the Open Mic UK singing competition which is held at the O2 arena in London tomorrow.

The competition aims to find the country’s best unsigned artists and the winner will gain the opportunity to produce their own album of original music.

Shane...
Mental health consultant shares five tips for wellbeing in lockdown
IN the first in a series of guest articles, former teacher Sarah Wray - who now runs Live Well Consultancy, working to improve mental health in schools - has shared her advice for looking after your wellbeing in lockdown...

After weeks of ‘lockdown’ many of us are experiencing highs and lows.

The uncertainty of how long lockdown will last, how we will move forward as a nation and how it is impacting on us as...
Family determined to keep alive young Jacob’s memory
THE family of a baby who died suddenly at just nine weeks old have raised more than £5,000 in his memory.

Jacob Oliver Clancy died on January 18 2018 and following his death he was taken to Rose Cottage in Sheffield - a mortuary for children.

It is run by a team that includes specialist paediatric pathologists, technicians, scientists and other health professionals, to ensure the correct care for the child and support for their...
Military charity announces mental wellbeing training
FAMILIES of serving RAF personnel and veterans in Barnsley and the rest of Yorkshire who are finding life tough will be offered training to help them identify, and deal with, the symptoms of poor mental wellbeing.

The Royal Air Forces Association, the charity that supports the welfare of the RAF family, is offering mental wellbeing awareness training at venues across the UK, some of which will be taking place in Sheffield.

The initiative, named Finding...
Mick manages to find comfort in the canvas...
AN artist who is awaiting a heart transplant is proud after an exhibition put his work on display for the first time.

Mick Sheard, 60, has always been interested in art but his hobby became his lifeline when a period of bad mental health left him seeking a means of escape.

“When I was off work while struggling with my mental health, drawing became really therapeutic for me,” said Mick, of Upperwood Road, Darfield.

“I...
Having a beer for Beau...
A FAMILY hoping to give a little boy with complex needs the best chance in life are hoping to find help in beer - literally.

Ben and Emmie Taylor have organised a charity beer tasting evening in Penistone to help contribute to their mammoth fund-raising effort to help their three-year-old son Beau. Due to a genetic change which wasn’t discovered until after he was born, Beau has been unable to learn to walk, and cannot...
Students key to stand-up show
A STAND-UP comedy show with the tongue-in-cheek message that ‘not all disabled people are heroes’ will see a Barnsley comedian joined by a Britain’s Got Talent star.

ImPairment was created by 29-year-old Pete Selwood, who was born with syndactyly fused digits on one of his hands and Jack Carroll whose wisecracks about his cerebral palsy led him to the final of the reality TV show as a teenager.

The pair will perform the show at...
Gallery’s positive steps towards inclusivity
BARNSLEY’S museums team has trialled the first of a scheme designed to make its sites less overwhelming for those with additional needs.

The first ‘relaxed’ opening took place on Tuesday at Experience Barnsley, in the town hall, and Cooper Gallery.

It saw any noisy exhibits have their sound switched off and visitor numbers monitored to provide a more comfortable experience for people with autism, dementia and other conditions that may make the spaces inaccessible.

The...
Slimming World consultants meet Alan Carr
A GROUP of Slimming World consultants from Barnsley got the chance to meet TV chat show host Alan Carr when they were enjoying their successes.

Alan co-hosted the annual Slimming World Awards in Birmingham where he met consultants Claire Carnall, Jen Crossland, Danielle Newman, Sonja l’Anson and Dorothy Key who all run groups across Barnsley.

Claire said: “The members at our group make me burst with pride, not only have they seen big changes on...
Crime expert coming to town
AN EXPERT forensics lecturer will give an insight into the minds of serial killers in a lecture.

Jennifer Rees will speak about how serial killers are classified and the different categories of killers. She will also debunk some common myths and show the difference between male and female killers.

Jennifer will also speak about the phenomenon of killer couples such as Fred and Rose West and ‘The Moors Murderers’, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and...
Holiday-loving family enjoy taste of small screen stardom
A BARNSLEY family featured in a Channel Five documentary say being picked was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ - although they admit having cameras follow them around on holiday was a little strange.

Newly-weds Lisa and Jamie Green, and Lisa’s children Millie and Sam, were picked from thousands of applicants to star in ‘All Inclusive: How Do They Do It?’

The consumer documentary follows holiday-goers as they arrive at a busy all-inclusive hotel in Spain, and is...
‘Allo ‘Allo star to reveal all about glory days...
A HILARIOUS musical celebration of worldwide smash hit BBC comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo is coming to Barnsley at the end of the month - with one of the show’s stars taking to the stage.

‘Allo, ‘Allo Again comes to the Lamproom with Sue Hodge - who played Mimi Labonq in the series - resenting a visual feast of laughter and music, with Keith ‘Paddington’ Richards at the piano, as she recalls the antics of the...
Campaigning dad Paul is also back in the running...
A DAD to disabled and epileptic twins has been nominated for the second year in a row for the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Paul Atwal-Brice, of Thurnscoe, has been campaigning with his husband Michael for their identical adopted twins Levi and Lucas, who both suffer from epilepsy and are autistic, to have access to cannabis-based medication Epidiolex.

The campaigning has been a success, with Levi now taking the medication, but both Paul and Michael want Lucas...
Vote for Barnsley Youth Choir to win £1,000 award
BARNSLEY Youth Choir has been shortlisted for a special award recognising the positive impact it makes in the local community.

The youth group has been nominated for the Avant Homes ‘Let’s Make a Difference’ award for the huge contribution it makes to supporting communities that need it most.

The awards are open to anyone living in Scotland, north east England, Yorkshire and the Midlands with more than 250 people put forward in the nomination stage....