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Monday, 19 January 2009

The New Darnall Herald Asks: 'What is Darnall Forum All About?'

To read the rest of the articles in this month's Herald please go to our website,

To find out what Darnall Forum is all about, please read on!

Darnall Forum brings together people who live and work in Darnall, Acres Hill and Attercliffe. Its vision statement is:
  • To create a listening space for the community, and
  • To work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to improve local services and help regenerate Darnall.
Anyone who lives or works in Darnall can become a member of the Forum simply by filling in one of our membership application forms.

The members of the Forum Board, who run the Forum, are all volunteers from the different faith and ethnic groups in the area. They are elected by the members of the Forum at its Annual General Meeting. The Forum Board has 14 members, nine male and five female. Ten are from Black Minority Ethnic backgrounds and four are White. The Forum also has six full-time staff who work with local people.

Darnall Forum used to be funded by the European Union and still receives some public funding from the City Council, including the local councillors who sit on the Darnall Area Panel. This is to help the Council deliver local services and consult local residents. However, a growing proportion of our income comes from ‘social enterprise’, which is work we do for other organisations in Sheffield and across the region. Any profit that we make is ploughed back into providing better services for people in Darnall.

Darnall Forum is a voluntary sector organisation. It is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity.

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Anonymous said...

The Darnall forum seems very narrow minded, certainly aimed at certain pockets of the Darnall community. I cannot see any events that are outside of working hours where everybody could attend? What is the point of saying you are open to everyone when you are clearly not.

Darnall Forum said...

Actually we hold regular meetings outside of working hours. If you scroll down you will find out more about some of the meetings we have held in the past. The most recent one was about the new health centre that is going to be built in Darnall. The next one should be in March. Watch this space!

We would like to open our Centre more of the time but someone will have to give us the money to do this. You could ask your Councillors about this if you want to make a difference to our opening times.