Gender Equality Forum event
2/13/2015 11:33:45 AM
Dear Gender Equality Forum Member,

We are delighted to invite you to the second Gender Equality Forum event on 7 March 2015, 10:30 - 2pm at Barnsley Town Hall (leaflet attached). The event will focus on gender based violence and harassment, and what we as a Forum can do to make a difference.

We are proud to have Jill Saward  as our keynote speaker. Jill is an author, campaigner and a survivor of of the 1986 Ealing Vicarage Rape, a crime that scandalised the UK and led to changes in the law.

Workshop themes will include:
- Forced marriage and FGM
- Sexual harassment
- Abuse and exploitation

We recognise that these are very sensitive themes, and we will do all we can to provide a safe environment where issues can be openly discussed with a focus on ways to make a positive difference. These will be fed back to the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, the multi agency safeguarding team and other relevant services.

Booking is essential, if you would like to attend please email info@360engagement, or use the other contact information given in the flyer. Please let us know if you have any access, dietary or language needs.
Equality Celebration 21 June 2014
5/14/2014 9:19:53 AM

For information about this event in different languages please visit:

Ø Polish

Ø Chech


Ø Russian

Disability Conference 3th December
12/19/2013 10:01:49 AM

This conference was the result of a collaboration between My Barnsley Too, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, 360 Engagement and Berneslai Homes. My Barnsley Too is a disability equality forum, which provides a support network and an opportunity for disabled people to get active on promoting the rights of disabled people. If you would like to become a member of My Barnsley Too, please contact or visit our website: .

The aim of the conference was to present and gather evidence of the impact of welfare reform on people with disabilities.

Over 100 people attended the conference held at the Civic, including disabled residents and carers and service providers. Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council, spoke about their commitment to minimise the impact of cuts they have to make over the next three years, but that it was going to be very challenging. The Council has had to save £16.5 million this year alone and faces even greater cuts to their budget over the next two years. He said that they know they need to keep talking to people and engaging with residents about changes to Council services, and this was particularly important for disabled people and carers.

Marie Tidball gave an outstanding keynote speech, providing an overview of national policy and a wave of evidence to show the impact that welfare reform and austerity is having on disabled people. This includes an increase in stigma and discrimination. Marie also spoke about creative solutions to help minimise this impact and also to empower people to challenge decisions. A copy of her presentation and biography can be found here: (click here for presentation) & (Click here for biography) .

Julian Horsler from Barnsley Council presented local and regional evidence of impact in terms of: welfare reform, changes to services and actual impact experienced by service users and service providers. Julian also highlighted the negative media image of ‘benefit scroungers’ which are vastly out of proportion to the facts.

 A list of all the evidence referred to can be found here: (Click here).

A moving film was telling the stories of local disabled people, produced by the Wayne Sables Project. You can watch the film by following this link:!YtkVFbaC!JUVmhBS09EZIDwIq9x9svRTGF_lCJbrNSV31R_KaoDA

Workshops were held to gather further evidence from conference delegates, all of which will be collated and included in a report that will be presented to the Council’s Scrutiny Panel and  shared with the Health and Wellbeing Board.

A series of workshops were presented in the afternoon to provide people with information and resources including advice on benefits and budgeting, getting online, access to work and health and wellbeing.

If you need advice about changes to your benefits you can call the welfare reform helpline:01226 787897 or download this leaflet:


Barnsley Together Annual General Meeting (AGM)-7 December2013
12/19/2013 9:56:10 AM

Barnsley Together (a race equality forum) held its first AGM on 7 December 2013 at the Metrodome. 

Tribute was paid to Nelson Mandela who passed away on 5 December, aged 95. This featured in Look North – you can watch the clip here: .

Barnsley Together Delegates and 360 Engagement reported back on highlights and achievements over the year. The focus was on the 5 priority areas identified by the Forum the previous year:

· Education

· Employability

· Hate Crime

· Health

· Cultural Events

You can view a copy of the presentation here: (Click here for AGM presentation )

Members were asked to vote on the re-selection of existing Delegates and the selection of new Delegates. Members also voted on a change in the constitution.

Well done to the re-selected Delegates and welcome to new Delegates.

Delegates for 2014 are:

Amie Johnson                                            Peter Lleshi

Benson Kimaru                                          Phillis Andrew

Davoud Moghaddary                                  Safa Bin Turky

Katarzyna Luniewska                                  Nino Watson

Liana Khachatryan                                     Idaya Ali

Mahmoud Haydar                                      Nadeem Sheikh

Pegah Moulana                                          Zofia Herbenda

 An updated constitution is available on our website: (Click here for a copy of Constitution).

 Thank you to the Muslim Women’s Trust who provided lunch. 

Newsletter Ed1 2013
8/20/2013 1:48:54 AM
Barnsley Equality Forums Newsletter Ed1 2013
360 Engagement receive Rainbow Tick
11/26/2012 12:20:30 PM
We're so proud to receive the Barnsley LGBT Forum's Rainbow Tick. We went through a rigorous assessment process and received the Bronze standard. We will work on continuously improving towards Silver and ultimately Gold standard.
Rainbow Tick
Next Barnsley Together Forum meeting - 8th December 2012 10am - 2pm
11/15/2012 12:20:34 PM
The next Barnsley Together Forum event will be on 8 December at the Rigby Suite in the Metrodome from 10am - 2pm
Meet the delegates who will represent your voice
Your chance to have your say on how to improve
Barnsley Together, and confirm the delegate’s selection
Agree the priorities for your forum
Plan together for community and Barnsley Together
All welcome and bring your children along to meet Santa and receive a small gift A variety of ethnic food and refreshments will be

Please book your place and let us know if you have any language /  access needs as soon as possible: email
Barnsley Together Constitution
9/21/2012 1:34:52 PM
The Barnsley Together Forum met on 15 September and agreed an interim constitution. Click on the Barnsley Together Tab to the left to view the Constitution. If you would have any comments or would like further information, please email:
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