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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tackling the Rubbish! 19 & 29 May

We don't have to put up with loads of litter in Darnall! Together we can make a difference. These are some of the intrepid litter pickers who took part in the Darnall Community Litter Pick on Tuesday 19 May. They are pictured standing outside the Staniforth Neighbourhood Centre just before they set out for a local litter pick. 

The litter that was collected!
The Canal and River Trust will be working alongside Blue Loop volunteers and local residents to carry out a Canal Towpath Tidy in Darnall on Wednesday 29 May. Meet on the corner of Shirland Lane and Ardmore Street at 10.30am. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. All tools and equipment will be provided. 

Do let us know if you would like to help with future litter picks. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015



...has been moved to Monday morning 1 June

WisH Presentations st Sheffield Town Hall

Well done to all the students from Darnall and Tinsley who received their certificates today at the Town Hall, presented by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield. 

Tutor Zahira Naz

Course: Introduction to community development and health

(The WisH 'What is Health' Community Development and Health Programme was previously owned by NHS Sheffield and is presently part of Public Health Sheffield)

Healthy Indian Cooking Course

Today we made spicy chicken biryaani. 

This course is fully booked, if you want to enrol on the next course "Food from around the World" 

Please contact the Tutor: 
Zahira Naz 0114 249 0099 
Zahira @ 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Neighbourhood Watch Surgeries at Darnall Post Office

Neighbourhood Watch Surgeries are now taking place in Darnall Post Office on the second Tuesday morning of each month. There wasn't a surgery in April, because of the Easter holidays, but ten people raised issues at the March surgery and these were passed to the Darnall Neighbourhood Watch police supervisor. If you have concerns about things like anti-social behaviour please some along next time.
The  surgeries are organised by South Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Healthy Eating in Tinsley by Zahira Naz

As a community organiser, my job role is to listen to local residents and support them, addressing their concerns in the community.

A significant number of ladies wanted to learn how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families. Therefore, in January 2015, I ran a Healthy Cooking on a budget course for six weeks. The course was funded by Lifelong Learning (Sheffield City Council). 12 ladies enrolled and we had excellent attendance each week. The women were taught about cooking healthy food on a low income. The courses were very practical and hands on. Upon completion, the course was reviewed and the result of the evaluation was positive. Ladies had begun to make many positive changes and healthy choices and by the end of this course I had a waiting list of more ladies wanting to do a Healthy Eating course.

In April this year another six week course was organised (Healthy Indian Cooking). 19 ladies enrolled. This course is aimed to look at cooking South Asian cuisine in a healthy way, doing food swaps and creating healthier portion sizes.

A local businessman, who owns Iqbal and Sons greengrocers in Tinsley, approached me to find out about the cooking courses. He had heard about them through word of mouth from his customers. He was very impressed and told me: "I have many local women among my customers. In the last year I have noticed a shift in what they are buying and I've noticed how they are swapping to more healthy food. During my conversation with customers, I've heard about the Healthy Eating courses organised by Zahira. I myself am very aware of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle because I suffered from a stroke in my twenties and we have a family history of heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, I feel it's important to teach local people how to cook healthily and encourage a healthy lifestyle, especially with Pakistani food. This is why I'm happy and will feel privileged to sponsor the next healthy eating course in Tinsley.” 

Zahira Naz, Community Organiser 
(T 0114 249 0099 or send us an email