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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.

Who has been your 2020 hero

 A couple of weeks ago we announced that we had 100 hampers to give away to people within the community who had made a difference in other people's lives or in the life of our community.  We received many more nominations than we had hampers, which shows how much of a well loved community we do live and work in.  Here are some of the recipients and some of the hard work completed by our volunteers sand Zahira

Santa's Grotto

 Much fun was had by all when Santa popped into his local Grotto.  Lots of presents handed out to Children and Adults alike.

Christmas Carols

 Our good friends at St Albans Church have sent the following invitation to you all

Friday, 18 December 2020

Community Connector


Hi all

You should have or will be receiving a copy of the new Community Connector newsletter which has been been written and produced by a combination of local organisations specifically for the Darnall Ward.  There is lots of information, things to do, good news stories and lots more within these exciting pages.  If you wish to contribute to further newsletters then use the contact details within the newsletter. 

If you wish to access a copy of the newsletter electronically, you can use the link below:



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Community Connector


A group of local organisations in the Darnall ward have been working in partnership on a newsletter for the benefit of the whole community. If you live in Attercliffe, Darnall, Tinsley and Handsworth, watch out for the first edition of The Community Connector arriving soon! We have come together on planning, writing and editing this newsletter so that we can share useful information and good new stories, and help people connect to what is happening in their local area. #CommunityConnector

Thursday, 10 December 2020


The Big Bike Revival

Our good friend, Claire Fretwell from Olympic Legacy Park has informed us of a fantastic opportunity for you to get your bicycles checked out with a free maintenance check.  This is happening on the 18th and 19th December at the Yorkshire Electric Scooter Company, next to the Old Library on Leeds Road, Sheffield, S9 3TY.

Covid-19 restrictions are in place and drop off times are 08.30am, 10.00am, 12.00pm and 02.00pm each day, with bikes that require maintenance being picked up later in the day.

You must book a time slot prior to the event by contacting Claire or 01142619604 

Christmas Hampers

 There is still time to nominate someone special to receive one of our 100 Christmas Hampers in time for Christmas.


Santa is coming to Darnall on the 21st December.  Free Admission and every child receives a present.
Strict Covid-19 measures are in place and will be followed on arrival and pre-booking is required.