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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Looking Back on This Year's Carnival

The Carnival took place on Saturday 7th September, from 12 - 5 pm at High Hazels Park. Despite the bad weather we still had a reasonably good turnout of around 2,500 throughout the day, from people of all ethnicities and cultures.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress opened the event with children from the local school holding flags representing different countries of the world alongside local councillors. There was an information marquee with local organisations including Pedal Power, Darnall Wellbeing, the Darnall Allotments, Sheffield Humanist Society, East End Quality of Life, One Darnall and Galeed House. They all gave information around health and well-being, training and employment opportunities, environmental and youth activities. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine and were on hand to answer questions and give advice on fire safety.

There was entertainment for children from rides to arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy castle/slide and circus skills’ workshops. There was a variety of different foods and performers on stage including Bollywood dancers, African drumming, Rap, Romanian dancers and Bhangra music. There was also solo music which was provided by Young Music, a Sheffield based social enterprise with the aim of helping start-up musicians to pursue a career in music. There were various food stalls including Caribbean and Asian cuisine, cakes and buns and milkshakes.  There were also 40 stallholders in all, including local people raising money for charities and selling clothing, scarves, sweets and snacks, henna, jewelry, handbags and accessories.

The event was very well publicised in the Darnall Herald which went out to every household in Darnall (7500). We also gave a copy to every child in two of our local schools. On the day our compère made regular announcements thanking our sponsors and the event was publicised in The Star newspaper and on local radio. There was also a banner on the stage with logos from all the funders. 

If you'd like to help us make the 2015 carnival even better, please contact Nazia on 0114 249 0099 or email nazia @

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Darnall's First Lantern Parade

Wednesday the 5th of November 
4pm leaving Greenlands' Junior and Infants' School,  Staniforth Road entrance 
4.30pm returning to Greenlands' School, Fisher Lane 
entrance, for food, drinks, music, dance and  prizes!

Organised as part of the One Darnall initiative by Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police & Tinsley Forum

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Locality & The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Have Published A New Seven Step Guide to Running A Community Post Office, Based on Our Story

Working in partnership with one of our funders, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Locality - the nationwide network for community-led organisations - has produced a seven step guide to setting up your own community-run post office. The guide is based on the story of Darnall Post Office which we own and run as part of the Forum's work in Darnall.

The guide contains useful advice, information and resources which will help any community group or local charity planning to take on a post office.

Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd, says, 'This is a great piece of work and it makes impressive reading.'

To find out more go to

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Darnall Post Office is Now Officially A Success

This year's Annual General Meeting of Darnall Forum, to be held on Tuesday 30 September in Darnall Community Post Office, will be told that Darnall Post Office is now officially a success.

'The auditors have given the post office a clean bill of health this year,' said Neil Bishop - Forum manager and officer in charge of the post office. 'Thanks to the hard work of our staff and the support and confidence of our trustees - who stood by the post office during its early days when things were not easy - the post office has now begun to repay its debts to the charity. We also had a makeover in 2013, and we would like to hear what the residents of Darnall think about the way the post office is run and the other work which Darnall Forum does in the community.'

Darnall Forum is the owner of Darnall Post Office and organises community learning, advice for jobseekers and support for local groups and residents who want to make a difference to our community.

Residents and people who work in Darnall are invited to come along and have their say about life in Darnall, the post office and the other work of the Forum, on Tuesday 30 September at. The meeting begins at 5pm.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Darnall Forum's AGM

Everyone in Darnall is Invited to Our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 30 September.
Darnall Forum is the owner of Darnall Post Office and also organises community learning, advice for jobseekers and support for local groups and residents who want to make a difference to our community.

Come along and have your say, here on Tuesday at 5pm.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Lord Mayor to Visit Darnall Carnival on Saturday

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Peter Rippon, will visit Darnall Carnival at 1pm on Saturday. He will be met by children from Greenlands School, who will lead him into High Hazels Park where the event is taking place from 12 till 5. Attractions include an array of music and dance artists, Elijah, Immi, Raxstar, Rita, the Romano Jilo Dance Group, Shak Illmatik, Shide Boss, SunAash and TazZ, as well as stalls, rides, information, food and other attractions.

The event is organised by the Friends of High Hazels Park with the support of Darnall Forum and funding from Awards For All, British Land and Meadowhall, Sheffield Town Trust, J G Graves' Charitable Trust and Darnall Area Trust Fund.

Last year 5,000 people visited the Carnival and if the threat of light rain showers holds off, similar crowds are anticipated again, with the largest attraction being the afternoon performance by some of the UK's leading Bhangra music artists. However, there will be plenty to do for all the family.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tour De France 2014

OK, so Le Tour is not going to pass Darnall Forum or Darnall Post Office, but the Yorkshire stage is finishing in Attercliffe at the Sheffield Arena. And anyway, while we're all in the mood for The Tour, we just wanted to suggest that you think seriously about cycling regularly to keep fit and reduce your carbon footprint.

There are cycling routes and paths through Darnall and Attercliffe, and we have a Ladies Learn to Ride cycling course in High Hazels Park on Monday mornings.

Phone Darnall Well Being on 249 6315 to find out more details.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Confidence Building Course

  • Come and grow your confidence in a relaxed, friendly environment.
  • Make new friends.
  • Find out what's on offer in your area.
  • Improve your English or other skills.
  • Feel better about yourself and develop your personal skills through conversation and reflection together.
  • Find out about opportunities for training, volunteering and employment. 
 To find out more ring Nazia or Neil on 0114 249 0099

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Help for Jobseekers in Darnall

Each Wednesday from 9 till 12 we run sessions for people who are looking for work. The programme we offer last for 3 weeks and during that time we will help you to
  • improve your CV
  • open an email account so that you can manage your CV on-line and send it to employers
  • register on the government's Universal Jobmatch website
  • search for jobs on the Internet
  • improve your job applications and covering letters
  • build your interview skills
  • You will also receive two hours of tailored support from a trained employment adviser after the course has finished.
We are hoping to offer the same course to people in Slovak if there is enough demand

To enrol please contact Neil or Nazia on 0114 249 0099 or come into The Forum, which is next-door to Darnall Post office at 245 Main Road.

See The Summer Edition of The Darnall Herald Here

The Darnall Herald June 2014

Closing Date for Community First Applications

The next deadline for Community First applications is Friday 30 May and the panel will meet on Monday 9 June.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support Darnall Forum in running Darnall Post Office, in making the Post Office sustainable for the future and in building stronger links between the Post Office and our other work in the community. The Foundation is also giving us some support to help other charities which are thinking of taking over a post office, so that they can learn from our experience. The national charity Locality are going to tell our story, and share our experience, in an on-line article on their website.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Deadline for Community First Extended

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Forms for the first funding round must be returned by Monday 21st of April 2014.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund

Our Post office now being supported by a grant from the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund which is administered by the Leeds, Calderdale and South Yorkshire Community Foundations in partnership with the European Union's Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  

 The Community Foundations are keen supporters of social enterprise and believe it is a dynamic way of doing business that can transform local communities. They want to help us build up our post office business so that it can begin to support profound and lasting social change in Darnall.

We need your support to make this possible too. Please consider using our post office to send parcels and other mail, for all all your insurance needs, for vehicle licensing, passport check-and-send and for Post Office savings products.