Sharrow Community Forum is a membership organisation, our main office is at the Old Junior School on South View Road in Sharrow. Our main areas of work are around supporting children, young people and families, community cohesion and community involvement, and providing accessible and affordable spaces for hire. We deliver a range of services and activities from the Old Junior School and Highfield Adventure Playground and manage the community spaces at Highfield Trinity Church.
Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, or has an interest in Sharrow. We currently have around 80 members, most of whom are individuals who live in and around Sharrow . Our members elect officers to the board of trustees at our Annual General Meeting, held each year in the Autumn.
A note from The Chair, Jill Nanson
The following is from our 2018 Annual Report. To download the full version click here.
This has been an exciting year for Sharrow Community Forum, and one that marks the beginning of a new phase. A very generous donation from a local entrepreneur gave us some stability that helped us to focus on preparing a successful bid for the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.
This funding will allow us to build on our current activities, such as Tea at Adventures, our food programme which supported over 900 people over the summer holidays, and more since then. The success of this initiative has been widely acknowledged and has led to invitations to join citywide health partnership boards, which will further benefit the people of Sharrow. It also allows us to continue to support partnership working through the Abbeydale and Sharrow Stakeholder Group, and create new opportunities for local people to have a stronger voice and greater influence when it comes to local decisions and issues.
As always, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed this year – to those who’ve taken part in an event, visited the Old Junior School, or used Adventures; to partners across the city; to our funders and donors; to colleagues old and new, and to trustees past and present.
Longer-term financial security gives us the opportunity to do more to support local organisations and people; develop local volunteering, and build social capital. To do this we also need your input, after all, our purpose is to strengthen communities in Sharrow, by improving the quality of life, building the community’s voice and bringing people together. Please let us know where you’d like us to focus our efforts; join us at an event or activity; encourage your friends and family to become members, or find out about joining our friendly Board of Trustees.