A service who help improve Barnsley people's health and well being is closing following funding cuts.
Be Well Barnsley, run by PSS will shut in October after telling us the Council have cut their funds by over 60 per cent.
Lesley Dixon, Chief Executive at PSS, said: “The cuts we’ve faced to our Be Well Barnsley service are such a huge blow to us. We’re incredibly disappointed. We know times are tough for the public sector - the money’s just not there for services like this - and Be Well Barnsley certainly isn’t the first non-statutory service to be hit by large funding cuts. The challenges our service is helping people tackle are not things we will see the impact of tomorrow, or next week, but they are things that will reduce pressure on the health systems of 2030, 2050, 2080; and it’s a real shame that we’re unable to continue providing such a well-loved service that is ultimately going to reduce pressure on the public sector in the long run.
Our Be Well Barnsley service is full of fantastic, creative people who consistently come up with fresh ideas to make health and wellbeing more accessible and fun. And even in the face of such bad news, our wonderful Be Well team has remained true to form - committed to supporting people, and putting people who use the service first.
We’re hoping that the council can find a way to continue the legacy of the brilliant work our Barnsley team has done.”
The Be Well Barnsley service was launched by PSS in 2015, to tackle a number of health and lifestyle challenges faced by the people of Barnsley. Last year PSS released a Be Well Barnsley Impact Report, which details some of the achievements the service has made in a 12-month period.
Meanwhile Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities at Barnsley Council, said: “PSS who run their services under the name of Be Well Barnsley have decided to terminate their contract from the end of October 2018. This was not the Council’s decision and we would have continued to work with PSS to address the funding challenges.
“Of course communities access support in many different ways to enable them to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle with many of these services being openly available to the public. To assist people to access community services we have recently launched Live Well Barnsley – www.livewellbarnsley.co.uk which works across the borough and directs residents to a range of lifestyle help. This service can be accessed by anyone online and helps towards building a healthier, happier, independent and active communities.”