Thursday, 6 October 2016

HELPING US KEEP DARNALL POST OFFICE


  • For just £25 residents can help keep Darnall Post Office
  • For just £100 local businesses and traders can invest in this vital service to the whole community  
Six years ago Darnall Forum invested £40,000 to keep the post office in Darnall after it had been closed for eight months, when we all had to go to Handsworth, Attercliffe or the City Centre to use a post office. When the post office reopened, people said it was the best thing the Forum had ever done.

In 2010, the City Council gave Darnall Forum £173,530 in grants, including £10,000 to help reopen the post office. Since then the Council has cut our funding every year. In 2015 it was only £64,288 and this year we have been told to expect another £11,000 in cuts. Despite deep reductions in our staff and opening hours, the Forum can no longer afford to keep the post office in community ownership without more help. 

The trustees and staff do not want to see the post office close again. We believe the safest way of keeping it open is to keep the community in charge. Because it has been so successful, the post office staff have said that they will buy a majority stake in it. But we need you, the residents and traders of Darnall, to help us.


If you are a local resident you can become a stakeholder for as little as £25, or £100 if you are a local trader or business. You can find an expression of interest form at the post office or send us the details we ask for at the bottom of this post. 

Even £100 is less than the cost of one visit 
to another post office each week for a year! If you are able to contribute more than £25 or £100 you will be helping others who cannot afford to help us but still need the post office to stay in Darnall. Any profits will be reinvested in the post office or paid to stakeholders as a dividend. 

If we cannot raise the money to keep our post office in  community ownership it will have to be offered for sale on the open market. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a new owner will be found or how long they will be able to keep it open.


EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DETAILS
Name:
Address:
Email Address:
Telephone No.:
I should like to become a stakeholder in Darnall Post Office. I wish to purchase a stake of [delete as applicable]
£25 (resident) / £100 (trader) / Insert a figure (multiples of £25 please)
Please send this information by post, email or text to The Manager, Darnall Forum, 245 Main Road,  Sheffuield, S9 4QD / E darnallforum@gmail.com / M 0780 359 2206

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