BPL Newsletter – Spring 2024

22 Mar

Welcome to the latest issue of your BPL newsletter!

We’re enjoying seeing the first signs of Spring in the air and are getting ready for Easter with events for all the family to enjoy over the holidays.

We’re also working with partners to create a major health and wellbeing project in Barnsley, which we’re really excited about. We are continuing to be a force for good, supporting events in our local communities and working with staff and members to raise money for causes close to our hearts.

Read on to find out more…

Out and About

BPL staff members Laurie and Tracey enjoyed meeting attendees at a wedding fair at Pontefract Racecourse.

The pair were spreading the word about what’s on offer at Your Space Pontefract, as well as handing out free day passes to stand visitors so they can try the club out for themselves.

Our community health team held a free nutrition workshop in partnership with Community Shop in Athersley.

Staff and members enjoyed a get-together over a cuppa at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre.

The session was a chance to gain valuable feedback from customers about the work we’re doing at the site and in the local community and what they would like to see in the future.

We were proud to be involved in the Poverty Action Barnsley Forum, where we had the opportunity to showcase how BPL is actively supporting individuals with limited means to engage in physical activity.

Charity Events

Well done to everyone who took part in Your Space Royston’s recent swimathon.

All money raised from the event went to Barnsley Hospice.

The Your Space Metrodome community came together this Valentine’s Day to support a cause that’s close to their hearts.

Good luck to BPL swimming teacher Rob Blackburn, who is raising money for Barnsley Hospital Charity in May by swimming in Derwent Water during the Keswick Mountain Festival.

You can sponsor him here.

Success Stories

Have you seen the exciting news about our involvement in a major new project in Barnsley?

We’ve collaborated with local organisations to transform parts of the Alhambra Shopping Centre into a community health and wellbeing hub.

BPL Chief Executive Michael Hirst said: “Our purpose is to help the people of Barnsley feel good and we’re all really excited about the innovative Your Space Feel Good Hub which we plan to bring to the Alhambra.”

Read the full story here.

Your Space Dearneside has joined the Barnsley Safe Place Scheme.

The Scheme is a community initiative which provides a welcoming and secure environment for individuals who may feel vulnerable or in need of assistance.

Thank you to our local community for your continued trust and support.

The scheme is open to any pool and offers resources, training and support to help staff better understand the customer experience and support the needs of people with long-term health conditions.

BPL Development Manager Simon Ferrarelli said: “We’re passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our local communities and offering the best possible experience for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of being physically active in the water.”

A big well done to Your Space Bircotes’ lifeguard Hannah, who recently completed the Retford Half Marathon.

We held an unforgettable day at Barnsley Metrodome when over 300 Barnsley FC fans gathered for a meet and greet with players Barry Cotter and Donovan Pines.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for this fantastic event!

Pupils from local schools had a great day at the Barnsley Metrodome when they took part in the Panathlon Aqua Festival.

Thanks to the participating schools, volunteer swim teachers, aqua leaders and Metrodome staff for making the event possible.

What’s On?

Check out our newly revamped BPL website!

Here, you can find details on everything we have to offer to help people feel good.

Our popular Easter activities are returning. 

Join us in the Rigby Suite at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday 5th April. 

The session costs £10.00 per child, and you can drop in any time between 12pm and 4pm to enjoy some fun!

Come along on Wednesday 27th March, from 1pm to 3pm for splashes of fun and surprises!

Book now at www.barnsleymetrodome.com

Our chefs at the Rigby Cafe and Lounge have been busy creating a delicious Easter-themed menu for Sunday, March 31st.

We are now taking bookings for Easter Sunday lunch via bookings@bpl.org.uk or by calling 01226 730060.

Get ready to mark your calendars for a night of fun as Bingo Revolution returns to the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday, April 26th.

Following the success of our January event, this promises to be even bigger and better.

Get your tickets here.

Coming soon

We have a lot planned to mark this special occasion, so keep an eye on our website and social media pages, where we will be sharing more details and revealing how you can get involved.

Now that’s something to feel good about!