Community & Youth Work

YMCA Barnsley exists to support children, young people and their families in Barnsley. We aim to empower young people by involving them in activities that stimulate, challenge and enable them to realise their potential and participate fully in their communities.

We provide positive opportunities and activities for children and young people in a safe environment where they are supported by qualified, experienced and skilled youth workers. Our programmes raise aspirations, build confidence and self-esteem and contribute to building emotional resilience and positive mental wellbeing.


  • TYI Monday (Short Breaks Activities for children and young people with SEND)

    Venue: YMCA Barnsley

– YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 11-19 YEARS – 6:30-8:30pm

TYI Monday is part of the Targeted Youth Support Short Breaks Provision in the Barnsley area we provide a range of creative youth club type activities, opportunities for social interaction, meeting and making new friends, personal and social development and learning new skills.

You can access these activities by referral through the Short breaks panel.


  • Unity Project
    A programme of positive opportunities and activities for children and young people who live in the Central Area of Barnsley.  Delivering after school clubs, youth clubs and holiday activities including: arts & crafts, sports, games, drama/dance, music, big arts projects, horticulture, gaming, bush craft, environmental, cookery activities, themed projects & so much more…               Age group: 8-14 yearsVenue: YMCA Barnsley & various locations in Dodworth, Central, Kingstone, Stairfoot & Worsbrough


  • Y Stay In Youth Club
    A safe space for young people to socialise and get involved in a range of activities and opportunities and access support.  It is young people led which means that the ideas and views of the members often shape the activities and projects undertaken. It is staffed by experienced and qualified staff and our purpose-built facility offers lots of space for different activities including: sports, gaming, arts & crafts, music and cooking. Age group: Young people aged 13 to 19 years   Venue: YMCA Barnsley Sessions: Wednesdays during term time with some holiday provision 6:30-8:30pm


  • Detached Youth Work
    Detached youth work means we work on the streets, in parks and green spaces with young people usually within their neighbourhood.
    We often work on environmental projects, provide sporting activities and seek to work with young people to ensure they have a real voice within their communities. Currently our detached teams work on Tuesday nights in and around Gilroyd and Dodworth, and on Thursday evenings Kexborough, Darton and surrounding villages. Sessions: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings during term time with some holiday provision.


  • Little Y
    Opportunities for children to participate in positive play activities in a safe, friendly environment, providing space to play and have fun, develop personal and social skills and make new friends.  Age group: 5-8 years  Venue: YMCA Barnsley   Sessions: Thursdays during term time


  • Peer Support & Young Volunteering
    Providing opportunities for young people to contribute to the local community and raising the profile of young people engaged in positive activities for others. We offer regular meetings and activities to provide support along with training and development experiences in local, national and international forums. Young people play an active role in designing, developing and leading provision for others as Young Trustees, Volunteers supporting delivery and as Peer Supporters acting a positive role models, mentoring and supporting other participants


  • Green Projects
    We have and allotment and 2 community orchards and provide a wide range of environmental activities that offer children and young people opportunities to engage with the natural environment.


  • Parent & Toddler Group
    Providing opportunities for parents, carers, babies and toddlers to play and socialise with others in a safe, welcoming environment.