Jubilee Singers

Many thanks to the Jubilee Singers who raised £212 for Starter Packs at a recent charity concert St Helen’s RC church in Hoyland – A lovely Christmas present!  



A big THANK YOU to everyone who donates money and items to the project – we gave out our 196th Starter Pack today.

ybs1A cheque was gratefully received from the Yorkshire Building Society for £100, it was part of their Make a Difference Week.

We have received generous donations of dry food goods from Royston, Darfield and Hoyland Methodist churches.

Best Community Resource Award

We are very pleased to announce that the Barnsley Starter Packs project has been awarded the Virtual College’s Award for Best Community Resource 2011.

two of the Starter Packs volunteers (right) receieving the Award

The project was placed in the final three in two categories: Best Voluntary Service Provision Award and Virtual College Award for the Best Community Resource. The project was the outright winner in the latter and received an engraved glass plaque and certificates for both categories.

Ian’s Poem


It’s the small things you remember
When you’re getting your life back on track
And in the Autumn chill of September
Let’s celebrate The Starter Pack!

There’s nothing worse than a featureless room
And a fridge that’s empty and bare
So here’s a Starter Pack to dispel the gloom
Now come and sit down on your chair

And put the kettle on for a cuppa
And switch on some music and then
Make some beans on toast for supper
Then put the kettle on again!

A Starter pack is full of the things
We all need to make life worthwhile
It’s a story of hope that The Starter Pack brings
So here, sup your tea with a smile…