Rotherham Federation are seeking a Community
Organiser to join their team to support Rotherham
communities to grow and develop, working with them to building their sense of
belonging, community pride and spirit.
To support the empowerment of
under-represented groups within local communities, enhancing community cohesion
and collaborative working
To support community groups to
develop, enabling project development and training opportunities in local
To increase community influence in
decision making within Rotherham supporting individuals and groups to identify
issues, needs and problems and help resolve them
To enable increased community activity and engagement both
locally within communities and with Rotherham Federation through listening’s,
building networks and fostering leadership and resident-led action.
Provide personal support to
individual volunteers within communities
To deliver and report on specific targets and outputs as determined by
The successful candidate will have a
minimum of 2 years’ experience in community work and in supporting community
groups with their development.
For further details and to request an
application pack, please contact: Sarah Fletcher on 01709 368515 or email
The closing date for applications is 8thth
September 2019, with the assessment day including panel interviews held on 11th
Applicants that have been shortlisted will
be contacted on the 9th September to be invited to the assessment/interview
Successful candidates will have a DBS
check carried out.
Appointment will be subject to suitable references.
Community organiser Ian Huddleston received feedback whilst speaking to Dinnington residents that the bus route to Rotherham Town Centre had been changed, it no longer went through High Nook Road.
This was isolating many people, especially older people who then struggled to get to a bus into town. An open day was then put on at High Nook Community Centre due to the feedback. Members of the council and a local councillor was invited to answer residents’ questions.
The local council then spoke to the bus company. through working together with the councillor, Rotherham Council, the bus company and Rotherham Federation, a change in the bus route was achieved for the local residents.
This was taken from our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019.
The annual Tenants Open Day 2019 will be held at New York Stadium on Wednesday 10th July 2019 from 9.30am to 2pm. This is your chance to find out what’s happening in housing services and meet other tenants. Rotherham Federation will be holding the Community Groups Awards and Staff Awards. There will be stalls to find out information in the area and a Pie n Pea lunch will be served. All places must be booked by calling 01709 822100 – don’t miss out
In April 2016 Rotherham Federation won £401, 800 from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund to deliver its Community Voices and Choices project. The 36-month project adopted the Community Organiser approach seeking to address the lack of social capital, building community strength and empowerment in eight of Rotherham’s most deprived communities.
This is the final evaluation of the project produced in January 2019.
Shelter has produced a comprehensive report on ‘Building for our Future- A Vision for Social Housing’ in January 2019.
Amongst a number of recommendations to improve social housing, the report calls for a stronger voice for tenants including support for independent tenants organisations like Rotherham Federation. A key recommendation of the report is that “residents of social housing must have a voice with national, regional, and local government. Government should support the establishment of an independent tenants’ voice organisation or tenants’ union, to represent the views of tenants in social housing within national and local government. It should involve as wide a range of tenants as possible.“
Rotherham Federation of Community fully endorses this report and supports the recommendations made within it.
Tbe Big Lottery Fund is awarding £272,732 to Rotherham Federation of Communities (Rotherham Federation) for a further 3 years to enable residents living in eight of Rotherham’s poorest and most excluded areas to become engaged in local life, have an effective voice and be empowered as a community to influence change in their area. The project will train and directly employ 3 full time Community Organisers from our local communities in Rotherham to undertake this work.
Steve Ruffle, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation said “this project will meet continue the excellent community organising work we have been undertaking during the last three years. We are using the innovative Community Organisers approach to involve local people in planning and delivering community change.” Community organisers will help support local people get their views listened to, support them to run their own activities and bring community groups together.
Rotherham Federation supports 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.
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK and are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
For more details of the More Voices and Choices project funded by the Big Lottery Fund contact Steve Ruffle on 01709 368515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Federation is based at Springwell Gardens Community Centre.
Derek Corkell was born in May 1934 and
died on 14th December 2018 after a long illness. He was a member of
the Rotherham Federation of Communities
board between 2007 and 2013, He was both Vice Chair and Company
Secretary of the Federation at different times. Derek was also a Board member
of Tenants and Residents of England and chair of Windy Ridge Tenants and
Residents Association in Aughton.
Derek was passionate about involving allunderrepresented groups in what the Federation did – he was an important architect in supporting the establishment of Rotherham Deaf Futures group. Derek always encouraged people to work together – in relation to the council, our landlord he always promoted our role as critical friend, challenging when need be but never falling out for the sake of it.