The Shaw Lane Foundation is a registered charity (no 1140880). The role of the charity is to provide activities and facilities for the benefit of the local community – with an emphasis on activities that improve physical or mental health and wellbeing.
Community Projects are based at Shaw Lane Sports Club, and include:
Our Christmas Luncheon has kindly been subsidised by McCarthy Stone.
Thursday 9th November 2023 10.30am
Remembrance Service as part of our National Lottery Heritage Project
This service was be led by Rev. Phil Maries and included the Rededication of the War Memorial that was previously housed at The Holgate Grammar School. Thanks to our local schools, Holyrood, Shawlands and Joseph Locke, for taking part in the service , and for producing some lovely remembrance poppies, dedicated to the former Grammar School pupils who died in World War 2.
We were delighted to welcome many former pupils and staff members as part of our 90+ audience. The service will become an Annual Event.
The Shaw Lane Community Cafe
We are now trialling our Community Cafe which is open to the public Mon-Friday 10am-3pm. Staff and participants from Opening Doors serve hot and cold snacks, in our Members Bar area. Here you are welcome to sit and chat or access the internet. (Access to Amazon Tablets available for browsing whilst you stay). Our dedicated “Warm Space” is supported by the Barchesters Foundation and Household Support Fund.
Work Skills/ Employability Project for Adults with a learning disability
Our Work Skills Course for 2024 resumes in March and is once again funded by South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
The 12 week course is suitable for adults with a learning disability who want to learn work skills in a low pressure environment.
Gardening, weeding, planting, maintenance, painting, cleaning, food preparation and service, venue set up and take down.
For details and a registration form contact Fiona Hall email@example.com 07341 265319
Outdoor Activities/ Social Prescribing Project for people with Anxiety/ Mental ill Health
Heritage Project (Barnsley Grammar School/ Holgate School and War Remembrance).
We are delighted to announce that with funding from the Heritage Fund, we will be creating a lasting memorial to the Grammar School/ Holgate school. This will consist of photoboards, displays at Shaw Lane Sports Club and a dedicated website. Anyone with items to donate – physical or digital, should in the first instance contact Fiona Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Activity Drop in for Older Isolated People
Our Social Drop in takes place in the Community Cafe on Thursdays at 1pm. It’s a great place for people to meet and have a chat.
Usually there’s a quiz, followed by Bingo and other games. Many of our participants live alone, so come to enjoy the company of others in a warm and friendly setting.
Famliy Fitness Project
Working in partnership with PiP and the local schools we are offering whole family fitness sessions which include physical activities, exercise advice, healthy eating advice. Each family takes home a healthy meal at the end of the weekly session. Access to this project is via referral from the local schools. Enquiries Fiona Hall email@example.com
Volunteering Project for Older People
An opportunity to come and spend time on site at Shaw Lane, accessing the allotment or tinkering about with gardening/ painting jobs.
We are delighted to have been awarded Lottery funding via Awards For All, and local funding via BOPPA to support this project which will commence in Spring 2024. Volunteers who wish to be involved in gardening, painting, planting, mechanics, maintenance etc should contact Fiona Hall 07341 265319
Community Library / Book Exchange
Community Sensory Garden
Our Sensory Garden was officially opened on 12th September 2023 by the Mayor of Barnsley , Councillor Mick Stowe.
Many items have already been created by participants on our Work Skills/ Mental Health Projects, as well as some interactive boards constructed by Barnsley Men in Sheds. Participants on our Work Skills Course and our Older People’s Volunteering Project have been working on the installation of the Sensory Garden throughout 2023, and its maintenance will be ongoing as we start new courses and projects in 2024.
For further details about our activities, contact Fiona Hall, Community Engagement Manager 07341 265319
Shaw Lane Foundation would like to thank the following Organisations for their support, be it financial support by way of grants, or partnership support.
The South Yorkshire Community Fund
Sported / Barclays
Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
Awards For All
Baily Thomas Trust
The Arnold Clark Community Fund
The Lawn Tennis Association
Reds in The Community
James Neill Trust
Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Barnsley Council Employment Support Service
The Heritage Fund