The Furnival

The Furnival

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Local / community
  • Refugees / migrants

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We are a community project based  in Burngreave, Sheffield. Burngreave is a vibrant community with people from many ethnic groups living together (63.5% BME). However it experiences high levels of deprivation being the second most deprived ward in Sheffield, with 46.7% of the population being economically inactive. We seek to reach out to our rich and varied community with a variety of services based at our community hub. 

The Furnival is a ‘faith based initiative’, initiated through social activism and Methodism. Our vision is of a vibrant diverse and inclusive community, in which people know they are valued and fulfil their full human potential.

Our values are to help people help themselves by being;-

- Holistic 

- Caring         

- Welcoming


-Hopeful  -

- Effective        


The Furnival aims to transform the lives of families in the community of Burngreave, increasing confidence and self-esteem through our Creative English classes, run twice a week for women in the community. These improve language skills and tackle social isolation providing a warm welcome and building a sense of community in which the women, many of whom are refugees, feel safe and can flourish. This provides a place where strong relationships and trust have been developed so that other practical and emotional support has become part of what we offer.

Our work teaching English has led to us running a weekly toddler group to support the local mothers and a toy library which has become a valued resource. We have provided trips to local places of interest and to the beach which has been a new opportunity for many families.

We run holiday activities for families in the school holidays, providing around 60 nourishing, hot meals a day together with sports and creative activities for the children.

This year we started a weekly creative arts group for women and are developing a community garden. We look for creative ways to support family life in this area of high deprivation that houses a high percentage of the BAME population in Sheffield and now have an established group of women and families who engage with our activities and benefit from them.

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