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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Ramadan Kareem

 

This year, Ramadan is likely to begin on 12th April 2021 and will last until 12th May 2021 (depending on moon sightings). It is one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar and a time where families abstain from pleasures and dedicate themselves to fast, pray and read the holy Quran.

 

With COVID19 lockdown restrictions still in place, 2021 Ramadan will be a very different experience for British Muslims. Whilst restrictions will be more relaxed compared to 2020, many of the usual practices normally observed such as going to the mosque for iftar and visiting friends and family indoors will sadly still not be possible this year. We have been preparing Ramadan Packs and distribution will start on the 1st of Ramadan. If you would like a pack or would like to donate food towards Ramadan packs please get in touch. 

 

Ramadan Kareem to all 






Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Mental Health


 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Donations

 Hi everyone


You may have noticed that there is now a big button across our page that says 'Give as you Live' donate.  As a charity, we run on grants, contracts to perform certain services such as our Community Education programme and Employment service programme, as well as donations that we receive from members of the public.  These funds are vital for our continuing work within the community.

If you remember, from one of my previous posts, we teamed up with 'Give as you live' in order to generate funds through your online shopping, without any extra cost to you.  All you have to do is go to the 'Give as You Live' website, select Darnall Forum as your preferred charity and then continue to do your online shopping from over 400 stores listed, including sites like Amazon.  You shop in the normal way, checkout as normal and only pay for your shopping.  We then get a percentage of your shop value as a donation without it costing you anything.

Alternatively you can now click on the big DONATE button, and make a donation directly to us.  Either way is a fantastic way of generating funds for us and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have given us donations in the past.

Please help us in generating funds to keep our vital work going and helping us to work towards making our community a better place.


Thanks


Chris

Covid Question and Answer session for the Somali Community and open to all


 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Employment Support for the people of Darnall

 Hi everyone

I just wanted to remind you that Darnall Forum offer employment support to people over the age of 18 and who are not currently in work or who are economically inactive and have the right to work in the UK.

We offer this support through Sheffield City Council's Pathway to Success programme which is funded through the European Social Fund.

I can offer employability support in job searching, having a professional CV, Applications, Interviews and helping prepare you for the first few weeks of work.  I can also help in identifying and sourcing education and training opportunities as well as helping you develop in confidence and motivation.

We are still in a state of Lock Down, which means that all of the work is done remotely through telephone calls, email, video calls, but as soon as we are allowed to meet face-to -face, i will be back in the office to support you.

If you are interested then please give me a call or send me an email on 07888135429 and chris@darnall.org.uk.

I hope to speak to some of you soon.


Thanks


Chris





Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and (hopefully) a fantastic 2021

 Hello everyone

This year has been a very difficult year for us all.  We have all had to deal with Covid-19 and the restrictions and issues that this terrible virus has brought.  The Forum has had a change in staff, with Neil Bishop moving onto pastures and myself joining the Forum in late July as the new manager but also as the Lead Key Support Worker on our employability support programme,

We continue to wish Nazia a full recovery from her illness our thanks to Zahira for stepping into the role as Learning Champion.  My thanks also to all of the tutors that are providing our educational classes, and even though this year has seen some massive changes to the way we deliver our courses, we are still running them.

My special thanks go to Zahira, for all her hard work, dedication and passion that she has for the community of Darnall in organising all the physical aspects of our Covid Response work.  Everything from the food, health and well-being and children's activity packs, of which well over a thousand have been distributed, to the organisation of the Santa's Grotto and the Community Hero's hampers.

I must also mention and give thanks to all of the volunteers who have supported her in completing this work as she would not have been able to it without their generosity and of course we cannot forget the generous donations of items for the packs we have given out, donated local community members, South Yorkshire Police, Caroline- the Community Champion at Catcliffe Morrison's, Radio Hallam South Yorkshire Community Foundation and Sheffield City Council and the Local Councillor's Ward Pot.

My thanks also go to the many organisations within Darnall that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past few months.  If the Covid situation has taught us anything, it is that communities can work together.  Hopefully, you will have received your copy of The Community Connector newsletter that many organisations in Darnall have worked together on.  We need to ensure that as much as we can, we take this community spirit forward into the next year.  Covid is still going to have a massive impact on us for months to come, but it has not and should not stop us from working together more to make our community a brighter place to live, learn, work and play.

I would like to thank our Trustee's who play a vital role in the ongoing life of the forum and offer this invitation to people within our community who would like to become a trustee to get in touch with me in the new year.

But for now, from the Trustee's, Zahira and myself, may you all have a wonderful Christmas time and a fantastic 2021.