Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Love Food Hate Waste, Friday 6 November 10am-1pm

Food lovers can save money! So why not join our free, fun and interactive "Love Food, Hate Waste" session, where you'll learn:

  • Top tips to help you make the most of your food and save up to £60 per month
  • Ideas on  how to pass the message on, to help your family, friends and community
The session will take place at Darnall Post Office. Space is limited. Phone Zahira on 0114 249 0099 for further information or email darnallforum@gmail.com

Friday, 23 October 2015

Dr Alan Billings viists Darnall Forum

Dr Alan Billings hands over a cheque for £5,000 towards our community work
Dr Alan Billings, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, paid us a visit last week and handed over a cheque from his community grant fund to help us with our work. He is pictured (second from left) with, left to right, our manager Neil Bishop, our community organiser Zahira Naz and our finance officer Rahat Esmail.

Darnall Forum AGM, 6pm on Tuesday 27 October

All local residents, traders and workers are invited to come along and have your say about our post office and our community work, and other local issues.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Darnall Post Office Resumes Normal Service

Darnall Post Office seems to be working normally again after the phone line was repaired yesterday by BT Openreach.

Darnall Forum AGM 6pm Tuesday 27 October

Please join us here at Darnall Forum, next to Darnall Post Office, to help celebrate the achievements of Darnall Forum in 2014 and shape its future. 

There will also be an opportunity to look at our annual accounts for 2014, which are already on-line (search for Darnall Forum), and to raise your concerns about the local community.


The meeting is open to all local residents, traders and people who work in Darnall and Attercliffe.

Darnall's Meadowhall Heart

The Darnall Heart at Meadowhall until 23 October
During
 the Twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations at Meadowhall there is a display of hearts depicting different aspects of life in Sheffield, including neighbouring communities like Darnall. The Darnall heart is pictured with, left to right, Sylvia and Neil Hamilton from the Friends of High Hazels Park, Darren Pearce the Chief Executive of Meadowhall, Mothiur Rahman, Chair of Darnall Forum, and other executives from Meadowhall and British Land. You can see our heart opposite Next, where it will be until 23 October. It was designed by artist Laura Hallett.

As well as sponsoring the heart, British Land sponsors Darnall Carnival and Darnall Forum as part of its community outreach work.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Interruption of Service at Darnall Post Office

We apologise for the temporary closures that have affected the branch last Wednesday, Friday and today. This has happened because of a telephone fault that developed on Wednesday morning, which has affected our IT system. BT Openreach and Post Office Ltd are aware and are trying to rectify the fault.

New Food Bank Appeal in Darnall

List of foods that we need
In 2013-14 food banks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children. Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, under-employment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers of people are being referred to food banks for emergency help.

Darnall Forum and Sheffield Muslim Community Forum are working alongside local residents to launch the S9 Food Bank Appeal. Please pledge your support. 


Gifts of food will be collected on our behalf by Living Waters, who work with the Burngreave Food Bank and the Trussell Trust to provide a local food bank service in Darnall.

Thank you to the Darnall Ward councillors who have already pledged their support towards the S9 Foodbank appeal. They will be involved in the planning and organising of the appeal. Please see a list of foods we urgently require.

Contact Zahira for further information.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Litter Picking in Attercliffe

Volunteers litter picking in Attercliffe
Thanks to our brilliant volunteer Reema and her boys, and Darnall Forum Vice-Chair Nahid Karim, who did a litter pick yesterday on Bodmin Street, Britnall Street and Worksop Road in Attercliffe. 

If you would like to do a litter pick on your street, we can lend you the litter pickers, gloves and sacks. Please contact our community organiser, Zahira Naz, for more information on how to organise a litter pick on your street. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Adult Community Learning In Darnall Is Now Under Threat

The government is planning to save money by making further cuts to its budget for adult community learning. This could mean the end of IT, ESOL and other classes in Darnall.

Already, besides our post office, adult community learning is the most popular service we provide. We regularly have a waiting list for our courses and some learners have to wait for a whole year before they can join the class they want to attend.

The latest cuts, which would see money switched from adult community learning to apprenticeships, will mean fewer classes and even longer waiting lists. It is possible that the service could be closed down completely.

Why not ask your councillors and your MP, Clive Betts, to complain to the government about these cuts? Why not write to the Prime Minister, telling him that without locally based community learning you and your family won't have the skills you need to play a full part as citizens of Sheffield and the UK?

Our Next Community Litter Pick

Litter awaiting collection outside Darnall Post Office after our last community litter pick
Our next community litter pick will be on Thursday 12 November at 10am.

Litter Picking with Amey in Darnall Today

Our community organiser, Zahira Naz, getting stuck into the litter


Thank you to everyone who helped out during the Community Litter Pick today. We litter picked on Main Road, Greenland Road, Staniforth Road, Senior Road and in the Station Road car park. A group of walkers took litter picks and litter picked at High Hazels Park. And a group of ladies said they will litter pick on Saturday around the Attercliffe area. 

Amey helped us with the litter pick
Thank you to  Amey for supporting us and picking up the rubbish afterwards. Next community Litter Pick 12th November at 10am meeting at Darnall Forum. 

You can read more about the litter pick on East Sheffield Insider's blog.