Voices and Choices Evaluation

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.

RMBC Cabinet to Recommend 1% Rent Reduction

At their meeting on 21st January 2019, RMBC Cabinet will approve  a recommendation to the full council of council house rent reductions of 1% this year.

Whilst this is great news for hard pressed tenants, this will continue the squeeze on funding needed to deliver services required in the HRA Business Plan (services for council house tenants).

The Full Report

More Voices and Choices

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 steve.ruffle@rotherfed.org.  The Federation  is based at Springwell Gardens Community Centre.

Derek Corkell

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.