Darnall Forum

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Social Change | Financial Exclusion | Fostering Communities | Social Enterprise | Other
Amount Awarded
£30,000
Year Awarded
2014
Region
Yorkshire And The Humber
Length of Award
36 months
Organisation website
www.darnall.org.uk

Darnall Forum is a local charity in Sheffield which runs adult learning classes, employment support work and employs community organisers who engage with local people, recruit volunteers and support community initiatives. In 2010 it took over the running of the local Post Office after it unexpectedly closed, encouraged by the local community because of the needs it served. The Post Office is governed by a wholly owned subsidiary company called Darnall Forum Trading, with any profits flowing back to Darnall Forum.

The Post Office has been up and running for over three years in which time customer numbers have increased. It is now making a small surplus and has been upgraded to a main branch. It has made ethical decisions not to sell cigarettes as this contradicts its healthy-living ethos and it regularly signposts customers to charities for support. Despite its success the charity finds it still needs to invest considerable staff time to support the Post Office. The aim of our grant is to make the Post Office more sustainable and to share the learning with other community organisations looking to take over their local Post Office.

This grant fits our social change priorities under Place – revitalising community life, and our aims as work which builds collective networks.