Rotherham Housing Staff Awards 2018

Nominations for a staff member from Rotherham Council, Fortem or Mears who have done that little bit extra to help council tenants in 2017-2018 . Nominations must come from a Rotherham Council tenant.

Awards will be presented at the Tenant Conference on the morning of Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at New York Stadium.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 15th June 2018.

Trustee Elections – Final Week to Nominate

Rotherham Federation is a charitable company support communities to grow and develop, working with them to build their sense of belonging, community pride and spirit. We work with and through grass roots community groups that are committed to bringing communities together, giving all communities a voice and creating local solutions to local issues.

3 positions on the Trustees Board are open to election. Elections are up for representatives from  Rother Valley West, Wentworth Valley and Rotherham North.

There is also  community of interest and co-opted position vacancy .

Nomination Form (Word file)

Nomination forms returned                          26th January 2018

Candidate Interviews                                  Week Beginning 28th January 2018

Ballot papers out                                         5th February  2018

Ballot papers returned                                15th March 2017

Election Results Announced  at AGM            27th March 2018

Please speak to Steve Ruffle the Chief Executive Officer if you want more information about being a trustee – either by phone on 01709 368515 or by email at

Equipment Fund 2018

The Equipment fund gives an opportunity for small groups  in Rotherham to apply for up to £200 for items which will sustain the Group over the years (for example Tables for event which can be reused or loaned out).

As well as completing and returning the enclosed application form you will need to send us a copy of your constitution for your group and a copy of a bank statement.

Application Form (Word file)

The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd February 2018.

Meeting on the Future of Social Housing

The Future of Social Housing is the subject of a major Rotherham Federation meeting on Friday 26th January 2018. Speakers include John Healey MP Shadow Minister of Housing, Cllr Dominic Beck RMBC Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods,  John Bibby Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Retained Council Housing and Lilian Shears Vice Chair of Rotherham Federation.

As well as speakers, there will be workshops on number of themes including building more social housing, who is social housing for, the perception of social housing tenants and the role of tenants’ voices. Pie and peas will be served at the end of the meeting.

One of the organisers Steve Ruffle CEO of Rotherham Federation said “having a safe and secure home is important to all of us. As well as the Labour Party’s review of social housing, the Government plans to release a Housing Green Paper in the next few weeks. This meeting comes at an opportune time as the future of social housing is a key issue for our time.”

He added “tenants’ voices are more important now than ever and we encourage people to get involved with both these important reviews, come to the meeting and have a say”.

The meeting will be held between 2pm and 4pm at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Places are free but must be booked in advance. Please contact Rotherham Federation on 01709 368515 or email to confirm your place. Springwell Gardens Community Centre is on Eastwood View near Doncaster Road. 115 and 37 buses from the town centre regularly stop nearby, alight at Herons supermarket.



general meeting agenda

Places are limited so it is important that you  book your place here

Council Tenant Rents to be Reduced

RMBC Cabinet on 15th January agreed  to reduce council house rents by 1% in line with requirements by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. They also agreed:

  • That there is a 3% increase to charges for garage rents, communal facilities, cooking gas and laundry facilities in 2018/19 in line with the increase in Consumer Price Index as at September 2017;
  • That the unit charge per Kwh for District Heating Schemes remains at the same level as agreed by the Council in December 2017.
  • That the draft Housing Revenue Account budget for 2018/19 be approved.

RMBC Link here.

The Draft Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2017 to 2018  has also been published. Projections for the future investment in council housing and tenant services are more positive than predicted a year ago.

Draft Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2017-18

Thurcroft Small Grants Spring 2018

Community groups can apply for small grants of up to £200 for projects that benefit the residents of Thurcroft.  To be funded, your proposed project needs to support one of the three themes in the Thurcroft Big Local Plan –Community Pride, Regeneration or Children and Young People.  Applications are open to all but anyone under 16 will need an adult guarantor to support their project.

Thurcroft Big Local Partnership has  worked with  residents and put together a plan for the village to spend £1m over the next ten years to make Thurcroft a “place where people want to bring their children up in the future.” These small grants aim to support smaller projects around the village.  The Partnership would particularly welcome new, interesting and exciting projects that benefit Thurcroft residents.

Link to Application Form 

This is the tenth round of small grants. To apply, all  you need to do is complete a simple form describing your project  and how it will benefit Thurcroft residents. Application forms are available from and can be returned to the Thurcroft Hub, New Orchard Lane, Thurcroft S66 9AE or email your completed form to by 5pm on Friday 2nd March 2018.

Private Tenant Representative Sought

Are you a private tenant living is Maborough, Eastwood Village, South East Maltby or Dinnington Central?

Rotherham Federation are seeking 2 private tenant representatives to sit on the Selective Licensing Steering Group. The Selective Licensing Steering Group aims to ensure licensing of all applicable properties within the above areas are licensed, contribute to reductions in the rates of anti-social behaviour, empty properties and occupier turnover and to improve private rented property and management standards across the licensed areas.

More information about selective licensing here

This is a great opportunity in working with us and the Council to improve some of our local communities and the properties many tenants live in. Rotherham Federation will support anyone interested in taking on this role. For more details contact Steve by email or phone 01709 368515

Federation Becomes Social Action Hub

Rotherham Federation is now one of 20 Social Action Hubs around the country. Social action hubs are  locally rooted community organisations which support people to contribute to and create a better community and build a more democratic society.

The 20 Social Action Hubs are funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and led by Community Organisers Ltd. As a hub the Federation  will  act as a catalyst for action, training local people, members of the public sector and young people in community organising and supporting them to listen, reach out, bring people together and take collective action.

Over the next few years  the Programme will see 3500 people trained in community organising across England and supported to ignite social action. People who want to make their community stronger, their government and public services more accountable and their society fairer.

The first of these volunteer organisers in Rotherham  were presented with certificates by the Deputy Mayor at a special event on the evening of 16th December 2017. Community organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Volunteer community organisers  reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

Sofia Gkika and Jessica Clarke also recieved their graduation certificates at the event.