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Monday, 18 December 2017


Saturday's Christmas Fair event in Darnall was attended by more than one hundred people. A travelling 'petting' zoo with owls, reptiles and snakes among the animals that children could meet, was one of the principal attractions. So perhaps it was more 'Harry Potter' than 'Happy Christmas'!
Thank you to British Land and The Big Lottery for supporting this event.
Christmas Fair Montage 1

Christmas Fair Montage 2

Christmas Fair Montage 3

Christmas Fair Montage 4

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Temporary Closure of Darnall Post Office

We are sorry the post office was closed on Friday and Saturday. This was because of a serious incident. Fortunately no one was hurt but the ATM was put out of action. We hope the branch will be able to reopen on Monday. We are waiting for an assessment of the damage to the ATM.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hallowe'en Event Draws the Community Together

500 people from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds, young and old, attended our Hallowe'en community event and the feedback and response was brilliant! There was lots for everyone to do and all the children enjoyed the night! It looks as though the adults had a good time too.
Thanks to Celebrate England, Awards For All, Meadowhall and British Land for their support.

Look out for our next event at Christmas!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sparks, Fire and Zombies! Thrills Galore at our Hallowe'en Party! 31st October 2017 Tinsley Infants (old school) 5-8PM

Zombie stilt walkers strutting their stuff.

Come to our thrilling Hallowe'en Party sponsored by Celebrate EnglandMeadowhallBritish Land and Awards For All

Zombie stilt walkers and a fire eater will be strutting their stuff!

A fire eater doing her thing

Stage Invaders Entertainment will be performing their "Sparks and Fire" show and the zombie stilt walkers will be mingling with visitors throughout the evening! 

Come and have your photo taken with them or just enjoy the heat

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Hallowe'en Party 31st October 2017 Tinsley Infants (old school) 5-8PM

We are really pleased to announce that One Nation are our official Sport Partners at our  Hallowe'en Event sponsored by Celebrate England, Meadowhall, British Land and Awards For All.

Interested in trying Archery? Come and have a go! Fully qualified instructors will be on site to give you a hand.

One Nation, great sports' ambassadors for the City.

Last Week's IKEA Open Day

There was unprecedented interest in our recent IKEA open day. The 32 slots were all quickly filled and although some people dropped out as the time approached their places were swiftly taken by others.

14 names were forwarded to IKEA to be considered for vacancies in their new call centre, and another four people were recommended for future vacancies in the IKEA store. These four were then followed up by IKEA to see when the could attend the next stage of the recruitment process.

15 people either decided that working for IKEA was not for them or were guided to other more suitable vacancies matched to their requirements.

Thank you to JobCentre Plus and the local Darnall Ward councillors for helping to make the open day possible.

Draft Minutes of the Darnall Forum Annual General Meeting, 4 October 2017

Attendance – eight people were in attendance

Apologies – there were four apologies.

The Minutes of the 2016 AGM were agreed to be a true record.

Matters Arising – None.

The financial report, which is part of the annual report and accounts for 2016, was adopted. Neil Bishop reported that despite increasing its unrestricted reserves the Charity’s overall reserves had reduced by £4,000. This is why we are trying to sell the post office. Even taking the sale into account, the Charity is expected to lose another £5,000 this year unless some of the people of goodwill who lent money to the post office decide to donate the money to the Charity when it is repaid to them.

The Trustees’ Annual Report for 2016, including the Chair’s Report was adopted. Mothiur Rahman thanked the staff and directors for their support during the year.

Elections & Appointment of Auditors Mothiur noted that directors who have not attended a meeting for six months are automatically considered to have retired and that one third of the board are supposed to retire each year. It was agreed that those who had not attended would be considered to have retired unless they reapply to be directors.

There are therefore six vacancies for the Board and these were not filled. Nicholson & Co were re-appointed as the independent examiners for 2017.

Local issues – There was a discussion about the recruitment process for the new IKEA store. The meeting expressed strong disappointment about the lack of support for local people to engage with the very demanding recruitment process. Neil Bishop reported that, perhaps as a result of publicity surrounding the meeting, an information day for potential recruits is planned at the Forum on 23 October, with JobCentre Plus advisers in attendance. The meeting agreed that Neil should ask the councillors to pay for this from the Ward Pot or obtain other Council funding to support it.
East European people are congregating again outside shops. It was suggested that they are drinking in the street and dropping litter. However, it was also noted that the police do not believe they are causing a breach of the peace.

Fly tipping and street litter bins getting over full remain problem issues. Neil Bishop drew attention to the Forum’s repeated unsuccessful efforts to raise funds to tackle fly tipping. It was noted that Street Ahead have been asked to keep an eye on the situation. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

🎃👻🎃👻 Halloween Party 🎃👻🎃👻

31st October 2017
Tinsley Infants (old school)

🎃Pumpkin Carving 
👻Creepy Haunted Hall
🎃Spooky arts and crafts 
👻Bouncy Castles 
🎃Fancy Dress competition 
👻Free Goody Bags for kids 
🎃Face Painting 
👻Food stalls 

So excited FC Ice are joining us at our Halloween Event! Fruity Cubes are passionately handmade to make your drinks more exciting!! 

Something for everyone to do this Halloween...! 👻

Saturday, 21 October 2017


For immediate use

Following recent publicity, on Radio Sheffield and in The Star newspaper, that not enough local people were getting jobs at the new IKEA store, local councillors have moved swiftly to help residents in Darnall Ward to get help with the application process.

Councillors Mazher Iqbal, Mary Lea and Zahira Naz are helping to fund an open day at Darnall Forum, next-door to Darnall Post Office, on Monday 23 October from 10 till 2. The current vacancies are mainly for jobs in the new IKEA call centre, which will be based in the Sheffield store, however there will also be advice about how to apply for future vacancies in the store itself. 

There has been  unprecedented  interest in the open day, with 1,493 people looking at at our original Facebook post about it and another 806 reached by a follow-up post of Facebook yesterday. All of the 32 slots are now taken but residents of Darnall Ward can still drop in for advice just in case one of the people we have booked in for an advice slot doesn't turn up. 

The advisers are all from JobCentre Plus and have lots of experience of what IKEA are looking for and how to apply. There will be extra support for people who receive JSA or ESA, but anyone who lives in Darnall can ask for a slot with one of the advisers.
For further information Neil Bishop, Manager, Darnall Forum
E M 07800 536642

Friday, 20 October 2017

IKEA Employment Open Day at Darnall Forum on Monday 23 October 10 - 2

In a bid to encourage local residents to apply for jobs at IKEA, our local councillors, Mazher Iqbal, Mary Lea and Zahira Naz, are helping to fund an open day at Darnall Forum on Monday 23 October from 10 till 2. These vacancies are mainly for jobs in the new IKEA call centre which will be based in the Sheffield store, however there will also be advice about how to apply for future vacancies in the store itself. 

There has been unprecedented interest in the open day, with 1,493 people looking at our Facebook post about it and all but six of the 32 slots, (three at 10 o'clock, one at 11 and two at 1pm) are now taken. 

Text 07800 536642 with your name and address (you have to be a resident of Darnall Ward) NOW if you would like one of those remaining spaces. 

If you can't come until later, or you miss out on those places, you can still drop in, just in case one of the people we have booked in for an advice slot doesn't turn up. 

The advisers are all from JobCentre Plus and have lots of experience of what IKEA are looking for and how to apply. There will be extra support for people who receive JSA or ESA, but anyone who lives in Darnall can ask for a slot with one of the advisers.

First Aid Awareness Course at Darnall Forum

First Aid Awareness Poster at Darnall Forum10-12.30 13 Dec e

First Aid Awareness Course in Tinsley

First Aid Awareness Poster at Tinsley Infants 10-12.30 8 Nov e

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Celebrating our shared heritage with a spooky Hallowe'en experience

Meadowhall Logo

Big Lottery logo
Thanks to sponsorship from Celebrate England, Meadowhall and British Land we bring you another chance to celebrate the shared heritage of people living in England - a spooky Hallowe'en experience for children and their carers!

Instead of going out frightening your elderly neighbours, why not come along and have some spooky fun with us instead? And find out more about some other Autumn English traditions, Mischief Night and the Gunpowder Plot.

OK, 'trick-or-treating', which is either very annoying or a lot of fun depending on your point of view, is an import from America. Hakllowe'en pumpkins are also an American import. Originally, a 'Jack-o-lantern' or Hallowe'en Lantern, was made by carving a turnip - but pumpkins are bigger and easier to carve! The tradition of carving humble turnips at Hallowe'en reminds us though, that Hallowe'en is originally an English custom.

Hallowe'en has its origins in All Hallows Day, November 1, when Christians remember all the faithful departed and sometimes light candles in their memory. Hallowe'en, the evening before All Hallows Day, became celebrated as the night when the souls of the dead are allowed to wander the earth!

Some people link it with an earlier Pagan harvest festival called Samhain which pre-dates the arrival of English culture in these islands. 

Whether that's true or not we can all celebrate Hallowe'en today as a harmless chance to have fun and frighten ourselves a little bit. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Would you like to work in IKEA's new store? Open day Monday 23 October 10 till 2

There are still 26 vacancies at IKEA's new store in Sheffield and hundreds more in their call centre located inside the store. Would you like to work there? 

If you live in Darnall we are holding an open day with JobCentre Plus between 10am and 2pm on Monday 23 October, to help local residents find out how to go through the online application process. There will be additional support for people on JSA or ESA, but the open day is for ANYONE from Darnall who would like help applying for an IKEA job.

There are 32 slots for one-to-one support. If you would like to guarantee a slot with one of the advisers please email nazia@darnall.orguk or You can also ring the office on 0114 249 0099, but it is not staffed all of the time.

British Land Working with Darnall Forum to Promote Local Jobs

Picture of our training room built by British Land, with Darren Pearce & lesley Giddins who work for the company
Darren Pearce, who runs the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and his colleague Lesley Giddins who liaises on behalf of British Land with local communities when they are looking to create new jobs, are pictured with our development worker Zahira Naz and our manager Neil Bishop in the training space that British Land staff built for us last year. 

Learners in the training room
They were visiting to talk about new job opportunities in the next five years which will come on stream as part of the planned expansion of Meadowhall.  They are keen to recruit as many local people as possible as part of their strategy of working closely with their local communities.

Some of our IT learners are pictured sitting at the slimline furniture in the training room, which was donated by IKEA.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Our AGM 6pm on Wednesday here at the post office will discuss fallout from IKEA store recruitment

IKEA's new Sheffield superstore opened to great fanfare last week. In an article in The Sheffield Star on 10 August we were told that "most" of the 480 staff "have been recruited from within the city region, and particularly Tinsley and Darnall."

However, a City Council report revealed that only 6.2% of the jobs have actually gone to people in the whole of the S9 postcode area, which is quite a bit larger than Tinsley and Darnall. That's a total of 30 jobs out of 480.

How do you feel about this? Did you apply for a job with IKEA, or do you know somebody who did? What was your experience? Does 30 jobs for the whole postcode area seem to you like 'jobs have gone particularly to people in Darnall and Tinsley?'

Come to our AGM to share your views and find out about the exciting community work we are doing and what is happening about Darnall Post Office. The meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday here at our offices next-door to the post office.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sewing & Crochet Courses

We are pleased to announce that we are now running sewing and crochet courses again for local women here in Darnall. One class is already full. For further details contact Zahira by email at or on 07983 702870. These courses are funded with the help of the Brelms Trust and Awards For All.

Successful Make-up Workshops & Courses in Darnall

Please see below pictures of our successful make-up workshops and courses in Darnall this Autumn, which are already fully booked. Thanks to the Brelms Trust and Awards For All, which have helped  to fund these activities as a way of helping local women to grow in confidence and self-esteem.

Pictures of our Tinsley Autumn Fair Funded By Celebrate England, British Land & Meadowhall

Our autumn fair in Tinsley today was a great success and we had an excellent turn out! Thanks to partners Tinsley Time Travel, and One Nation Community Centre for supporting this event and helping us to celebrate the shared heritage and interests of people living in Tinsley. One Nation ran the sports' zone, providing the equipment, coaches and mentors. Thanks also to our funders, Celebrate England, British Land and Meadowhall. See the pictures of all the fun below!

Our Women Only Gym Sessions Are A Great Success!

Please see below photos taken at the very successful women only gym sessions we have arranged with Davys' Sporting Club in Darnall. The sessions are now  full but there is still a chance to join our women only squash sessions there. Contact Zahira by email ( or ring her on 07983 702870. 

Women Only Squash Sessions

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Join us here for Darnall Forum's AGM on 6 pm Wednesday 4 October

Darnall Forum's AGM will be held at the Forum's office at 6 pm on Wednesday 4 October. Please join us to hear
  • about the work of the Forum
  • how our post office is getting on and what it's future might be
  • what has happened about IKEA's undertaking - as part of the Planning process for their new store - to recruit local people
Who can come? 
Anyone who lives or works in Darnall, Attercliffe, Acres Hill and the parts of Handsworth below The Parkway.

How you can help
Please forward this post to your friends, family and neighbours.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Who Owns Darnall Post Office?

The way into Darnall Post Office
Darnall Forum Trading, which runs Darnall Post Office, is a wholly subsidiary of Darnall Forum. The Post Office has won national and regional awards for sales and customer service. 

Our main purpose for running the post office is to promote the regeneration of Darnall Centre as a commercial and retail hub - somewhere people come to shop and do business - and to meet the needs of local residents and small businesses who would otherwise have to travel a considerable distance to find another post office.  

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Opening for a Customer Service Consultant / Counter Clerk Darnall Post Office, Sheffield

An excellent opportunity, has arisen for someone willing to work flexibly for a minimum of 16 hours per week on a rota between 8.15am - 5.45pm over 5½ days, at Darnall Post Office.
The main duties are
·       serving customers
·       selling Post Office products and services,
·       cash handling and stock taking
·       advising customers on other Post Office related matters
·       general customer service and retail duties
Any keyboard, EPOS and proven communication skills with the public would be of great benefit.
The appointee will be able to work quickly and accurately in a busy environment with patience and a helpful, friendly manner. These are essential attributes. 
Cash handling experience, and previous experience working in a post office, are also desirable, but these are not essential attributes.
Please submit CVs (on no more than two sides of A4) by Sunday 13 August.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15 August.
Please contact for further information and an application pack.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Thank you to Newground Together for helping us support 32 local jobseekers

Our employment adviser has been on long term sick leave since 1 January. The colleague who covered for her doesn’t have the same experience of supporting people with job searches. Nonetheless, with the help of Newground Together, the Brelms Trust and the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, we were able to support 32 local jobseekers who would otherwise have received no locally based support.
11 of our service users either had no UK work experience or needed further training to be job ready for the areas of work they were interested in. Most were seeking employment support to comply with Job Centre Plus requirements for qualifying for JSA. Six were enrolled into IT training, one into ESOL classes and four into volunteering (two of them with us). Five found permanent employment after receiving one-to-one support and three more were helped to move from temporary or part-time to permanent or full-time employment.
We invested considerable resources into helping Ikea to engage local residents onto their recruitment programme for a new store which they are opening in East Sheffield and where offering jobs to local people was a condition of their planning consent. According to their publicity there are 480 new job opportunities. We put forward 9 applicants for the recruitment process, of which 3 reached the final assessment in a three stage process. We are also aware of 17 young people who were local applicants but did not receive any support from us because they were aged 19 or under. To the best of our knowledge only three of these younger applicants got beyond the first stage and none was successful. We are seeking feedback.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Driving Theory Course Starts Wednesday 26 April

Do you need to apply for and sit your Driving Theory Course? Would it help if you could practise the spoken and written English you will need for the test, or the computer skills needed to complete the simulated driving test?

Join our ten week driving theory course (two sessions per week, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, here at the Forum).

If English is not your first language, spoken and written English to at least Entry Level 3 is a requirement for this course.

To find out more please contact or, or phone 0114 249 0099. The office is not always open but if we are there we will be happy to give you more details or enrol you for the class.

This course is being funded through Sheffield City Council and on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Reserve YOUR Place on Our Free Confidence Building Course, Starts 12.30pm Friday 28 April

Don't miss out! Places are already filling up and it's such a shame when we get last minute phone calls about courses and have to turn people away.
Free confidence building course starts 12.30pm Fri 28 April. Booking essential.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Pictures of our Women's Day Event

Collage of pictures from our Women's Day event [1]
 About 200 women and children attended today's women's event which we held in Tinsley!
Collage of pictures from our Women's Day event [2]

Collage of pictures from our Women's Day event [3]

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Women’s Day, Tinsley Community Centre, 31 March 1 - 5pm

Women's Day
A circle of women holding hands

31st March 2017
·       Stalls
·       Food
·       Book sale
·       Crochet taster session
·       Cake sale
·       Pampering
·       Tombola
·       Beauty Treatments

Contact: Zahira Naz for more information


Monday, 27 March 2017

School Cuts

According to the schoolcuts website Darnall schools will lose £585,000 between them over the next three years, which is equivalent to having  to get rid of 17 teachers.

A Week of Exciting Events at Tinsley One Stop Shop

As well as the other activities already announced (see last week's blog posts), there will be a Coffee and Cake Afternoon at Tinsley One Stop Shop, the home of Tinsley Forum, on Wednesday 29 March from 1 till 3 pm. Come along to meet other local people and find out how your local community forums in Darnall and Tinsley can help you.

On Friday 31 March we're rounding off this special week of activities and events with our delayed 'Mothers' Day' event - now a 'Women's Event'! - at Tinsley One Stop Shop from 11 am onwards. Why not come and join the celebrations?

Make-up Mon at 10 & Wed at 9, Cake Decorating Tue at 1, Knitting & Crochet Wed at 11, Coffee & Cake Wed at 1, Women's Event Fri 11

Friday, 24 March 2017

Cake decorating workshop Monday 27 March

Cake decorating workshop at Tinsley Forum Mon 27 Mar 1 - 3 pm


  Wednesday 29 March 2017 @Tinsley Forum
Adults of all ages and abilities welcome.
If you are interested in attending please contact: Zahira Naz

Tel: 07500766309


Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 March 2017

Makeup Kit

@ Tinsley Forum
120-126 Bawtry Road

  •   Learn how to Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise
  •   Apply face masks and learn skin types
  •   Makeup demo/Contour
  •   Handcare, Nail Polish & Henna (Wednesday only)

For more information contact

Zahira Naz 0114 2490099/Mobile: 07983702870

Monday, 13 March 2017

ESOL Enrolment for the Spring Term

Please note that we're holding our ESOL enrolment early this year. Normally it happens straight after Easter but, because Easter falls fairly late in 2017, we are doing it before Easter this time!

The main enrolment session will be on Wednesday 22 March at 12 pm. If you can't make this there will also be a chance to enrol on Monday 20 March at 12 pm, but this is mainly intended for existing learners not new ones. If you are a new learner and we can't fit you in, the tutor will ask you to come back on Wednesday 22 instead.