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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.
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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?
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.
We have been asked to announce that local residents have organised a community meeting about fly tipping and other issues on Thursday 19 January at 5pm in St Albans Church on Chapelwood Rd, Darnall.
We have just heard that Darnall Forum's latest application (to En:able) for funding for residents to take steps to combat fly tipping throughout the Ward was unsuccessful. However, we are still exploring other options.