Gillian Totty, Community Engagement Officer
Customer and Estate Service, Berneslai Homes
‘We began working with Mid Yorkshire Community Foundation (MYCF) when several Berneslai Homes Tenants and Residents Associations (TARAs) began
exploring how they could make a difference in their local areas during the school holidays.
We chose to use MYCF as they are known locally to be a reputable deliverer of holiday and sports programmes. We had seen in the Barnsley Chronicle that they had a great success with a holiday club at Worsbrough Common and sourced contact details from the article.
MYCF helped the groups to focus on what they could achieve and how this could be done. With the help of Gillian Totty, Berneslai Homes Engagement Officer and MYCF, TARAs were guided through the process of a successful bid, in a clear and logical way.
The many sporting club holiday events that were organised gave us exactly what we’d hoped for in terms of raising the profile of the tenants and resident groups and encouraging young people to participate in local events. The days were extremely well-organised, taking into account the ever changing headcount, and even the most nervous of those who came thoroughly enjoyed themselves and starting asking when we’ll be doing it again!
A particularly brilliant outcome was the work, by MYCF, in The Robert Ogden School, a project that was very important to Thurnscoe TARA.
Thanks so much for helping us to deliver the best summer events yet. The passion shown by all the coaches and particularly the time you have taken to explain everything along the way was brilliant.’