Bakersfield Court 10th Anniversary Event

Bakersfield Court TARA celebrated their 10 year anniversary with an event on Thursday 16th May 2019

The former mayor and his wife attended, one of the last events he attended as Mayor.

Congratulations to Bakersfield court for 10 years of involvement and social inclusion at the centre!

Tenants and the Former Mayor
TARA Treasurer/Secretary and the Former Mayor and his Wife

This was taken from our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019.

Nominate RMBC, Mears or Fortem Staff for an Award

Rotherham Federation will be presenting staff award to RMBC, Mears and Fortem staff at the RMBC Tenants’ Open Day 2019.

The staff members can be nominated by Council tenants across Rotherham by submitting the nomination form. The winners will be selected by a panel of tenants.

The closing date for submitting a nomination has been extended to 21st June 2019.

Please return the form to info@rotherfed.org or to Springwell Gardens Community Centre, Eastwood View, S65 1NH

Tenants Open Day 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

Click here to open your invitation

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.

A Vision for Social Housing

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. 

The Full Report – A Vision for Social Housing

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.