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DECV receives Co-op Funding!

We are extremely pleased to announce we have received funding from the Co-Op.  Saturday morning saw DECV Trustee Brian Walker pick up a cheque for £5,194.82 from Bolton Upon Dearne’s Co-Op store. The money has been raised by Co-Op members and has been raised for DECV to help with the running costs of the centre.  The award comes from Co-op members who take part in The Co-op Local Community Fund which is Co-ops way of giving back to their members and their communities.

The Dearne Electronic Community Village (DECV) is a charity based in the village of Thurnscoe,  experiencing high levels of disadvantage, they educate and empower people to take positive lead of their lives, through classes in ICT, employability skills and getting local residents back into Employment.

A Massive thankyou to all at the Co-op and the wonderful customers!

DECV Trustee Brian Walker receives cheque for £5,194.82

Employability / ICT Course

DECV’s ICT & Employability course is ideal for people who are currently unemployed and looking for work, or who is thinking of returning to work after an illness. 
The accredited course covers the following topics:
Microsoft Office 
ICT Basics
CV writing and updating
Job applications online
Job searching online
Self employment
Preparing for interviews 
Universal Credit

01709 889880

Decv Course poster

Employability Skills

DECV’s Employability course is ideal for people who are currently unemployed and looking for work, or who is thinking of returning to work after an illness. The course generally runs alongside our OCR ICT course.
The course covers the following topics: 

  • CV writing
  • Job applications
  • Job searching (See below)
  • self employment
  • preparing for interviews 
  • Universal Credit

So if you are:

  • 19+
  • Have a valid NI Number
  • Resident of Dearne North/South
  • In receipt of benefit

and would like to improve your chances of employment sign up today! Contact the tutor on 01709 889880 to book your place. Courses currently run on a rolling basis.

Help with online job searching & applications

At DECV’s job search sessions we have friendly experienced staff and volunteers available to help you:

  • Create a professional email address
  • Register for Online Jobsearch sites
  • Carry out effective online job searches
  • Complete online application forms
  • Upload your CV to agencies and job sites
  • Set up folders to archive job applications
  • Practice for your CSCS card

New Computer Suite Launch!

DECV / GMB Open Day – New Computer Suite Launch

Many thanks to John Healey MP for attending the opening of our new computer suite at DECV, alongside the leader of Barnsley Council Steve Houghton, local councillors Pauline Phillips and Annette Gollick and representatives for GMB and Dearne Valley College. The new resources were obtained through funds donated by the GMB Trade Union Learning Project. DECV now has 8 new computers, enabling the continued delivery of lifelong learning opportunities to the local community.  The Suite will mainly be used for ICT and Employability Skills Training in the centre.


Occupation Uplift: Goldthorpe

Join us for a full week of UPLIFT antics! Creative events giving Goldthorpe a boost!

Friday 21st and 28th Feb (10am-3.30pm)- Live music and UPLIFT parcel making (give one to someone who needs a boost), The Salvation Army, Straight Lane, Goldthorpe

ROCK UP TO OUR ‘ARTY’ POP-UP SHOP- 6 Doncaster Rd, next to the Yorkshire Bank Mon 24th, Tues 25th, Wed 26th Feb (10am- 4pm) – drop-in art workshops, bunting making and scene painting, plus Creative Writing on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. Come and pledge your acts of kindness, and share your ideas for Goldthorpe, Highgate and Bolton on our ‘Picture This’ wall. Meet your Big Local Project Worker, on Friday 28th Feb

Tues 25th, Thurs 26th Meet the UPLIFT Army in and around the Market and Town Centre (Goldthorpe)

Sat 1st March- UPLIFT Supports ‘Digging up Black Gold’ (Union Jack Club, The High St)
10.30-1pm- Personalize your own ‘bread and butter’ plate at the Soup Kitchen
12.30-4.30pm- Live music, open mic, and art workshops with UPLIFT artists and featuring The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican

To find out more about UPLIFT, visit or join us on Facebook at Creative Recovery


Cash boost from GMB

Lifelong Learning centre

We are very happy to announce a £10,000 cash boost from our partners GMB who have provided us with new computers/software for our public room and classrooms.  They are also providing much needed ICT support from A&D ICT.  As many regulars here know, funding is increasingly now hard to come by.  The contribution comes from GMB through the Union Learning Fund and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on the 24th June at 2pm.   Feel free to come along, refreshments will be flowing! It will be attended by GMB secretary Jim Roache and Wentworth & Dearne MP John Healey.

We look forward to putting these machines to good use, helping the people of Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe and surrounding areas with ICT, Maths, English, employability skills and other courses.

A write up of the event is featured on GMB’s website.  Take a look here: