Barnsley CVS will be distributing 2,000 free face masks to community groups in an initiative to allow services to restart. The coverings are supplied by Barnsley Council to allow staff, volunteers and users to meet safely.


With some services such as those supporting vulnerable people, those suffering from mental ill health and foodbanks being needed more than ever they need support as they look to move from online and telephone support back to face-to-face. 


It is hoped that when used with other preventative measures, such as social distancing, hand washing and frequently cleaning organisation will feel comfortable delivering their vital services.


Rachel Neale, Volunteering Manager at Barnsley CVS said: “This crisis has shown that there is so much goodwill out there. Local charities, community and voluntary groups have a big part to play as we fight this together. We need to ensure that our community have the necessary tools to keep the support going.”


Enquiries about the face covering are welcome from Barnsley based charities, community groups, voluntary groups and social enterprises. They can be collected via socially distanced appointment. For more information email or call 07476 340270


Rachel added: “. As lockdown is beginning to ease, we all must do our best to protect ourselves and each other. We thank Barnsley Council for helping us support the indispensable community groups that we are so lucky to have.


Barnsley CVS can offer groups a with a whole range of support, visit to find out more.