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.

£2161 of community engagement grants released

Keen to get the communities of Rotherham engaging with one another, Rotherham Federation offered grants to Community Groups/Tenants and Residents Associations, up to £200 for a project in their local area.

After a fantastic response we are delighted to announce that £2161.97 was issued to 11 TARAS/Community Groups around Rotherham, all of which will be used to bring their local community together.

Community Groups/TARAs who applied and were successful are:

  • Aston Carnival £200
  • Canklow Rainbow Kids Club £200
  • Hellaby Community Project £200
  • High Nook TARA £200
  • Friends of the Rotherham African Drummers £200
  • Bakersfield Court TARA £200
  • The Lings Monday Club £200
  • Friends of Turner Close £175
  • Greenside Residents Association £200
  • Oaktrees TARA £200
  • Rotherham Pride £186.97

Rotherham Federation’s Company Secretary  Mr Terry Adair said “Without these grants the smaller groups wouldn’t be able to flourish or deliver their projects, this is so important to them by creating & building community spirit.  Giving them their own autonomy & recognition to achieve their target”