Tenant Conference 2018
RMBC’s Annual Tenants Conference will be held between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 3rdJuly 2018 at New York Stadium. During the morning Rotherham Federation will be presenting two sets of awards.
To book your place contact email@example.com or phone 01709 822786
Those housing staff from Fortem, Mears or RMBC who have done that little bit extra to help council tenants will be presented with trophies. Awards and cash prizes will be also awarded to community groups who have achievements in six quality areas , which include governance, communication, involving people, finance and making a difference.
A mixure of stalls will be attending, as follows:
- Home Instead
- Rotherham Federation
- Adult Care/Connect to Support
- Rotherham United Sports Trust
- Shared Lives
- Assist Tech
- Independence Guide Team
- Health Watch
- British Legion
- Art Works
- Rotherham Sight and Sound
- Police – Neighbourhood police & Hate Crime
- South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
- Superfast South Yorkshire
- Housing Support
- Be Cancer Safe
- Together Housing
- Grow Wild
- Key Choices & Home Swapper
- Contracts Investment & Compliance Team
As well as stalls and speeches, the annual conference will include a pie and pea lunch and a SMART TV to be won. Places can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01709 822786.
Members Meeting 2018
The next members meeting is planned for 2pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Reserve your place here.
The meeting on 27th March 2018 was opened by Jane Davies, Strategic Housing and Development Manager at RMBC. Both Jane and Lilian Shears the chair of the meeting thanked Pat Cahill for all his work leading the work of the Federation during the last few years. As Chair, Pat has implemented major improvements to the charity ensuring it has become more professional in the way its charitable services have been delivered.
The Annual Accounts were presented by the Treasurer Val Baldwin and unanimously approved by members. Members also unanimously agreed the election of Antony Ball as the Examiner of Accounts for the next year. Terry Adair (Rother Valley West), David Ramsden (Wentworth Valley) and Mary Jacques were re-appointed to the Board and Pete Deveaux was also appointed as a new co-opted member.
The afternoon included a number of workshops on the theme of ‘strengthening communities’. Workshop 1 used photos to look at ways we can listen to our communities, the second workshop used forum theatre to explore the power of door knocking, the third workshop discussed ways the Federation can support groups and the final Workshop, Creative Communities, demonstrated the difference community arts can make.
The Easter raffle was won by Tony Simmonds the £100 proceeds from which will go to the Mayor’s Charities.
Steve Ruffle Chief Executive said “Rotherham Federation liked to thank everyone for their support during the past year, board, staff, funders but most of all our members and volunteers who are out there doing what they can within our local communities “
General Meeting 2018
Report from this meeting on 26th January 2018 on the future of social housing here.
The Rotherham Federation Staff Awards were presented at the RMBC Tenant Conference on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at New York Stadium. A lot of nominations were received reflecting some of the excellent work undertaken by Housing Staff at RMBC and housing repairs contractors Mears and Fortem. All the awards were nominated by Rotherham Council tenants and presented by the Mayor, Cllr Eve Rose.
Angela Hammond, Melanie Applegate and Mark Brooks Green
Pat Cahill Chair of Rotherham Federation, presented the awards to Mears staff who had undertaken that extra. The winning individual was Stephen McKenna. Stephen was nominated by Kathleen Strothard who has now sadly passed away. Her husband wrote that Stephen helped improve her quality of life with considerate and courteous workmanship.
The winning team at Mears was Daniel Gawthorpe and Lee Naylor. They were nominated by Mr.L.Eaton.
Lilian Shears, the Vice Chair of Rotherham Federation presented the Fortem Housing Staff Member of the Year 2017 Awards. The winning individual was John English. There were a number of nominations for John ,one of whom was Margaret Clarkson who wrote in her nomination “John did my annual gas service. He is so nice, has worked for the company a long time and every time he attends my property he is polite, sociable and a lovely lovely man”. A special award was presented to work experience student Emma Bartholomew who worked with John English and is now an apprentice at Fortem.
John English and Emma Bartholomew
The winning team at Fortem was Lee Parkin and Paul Beeley.
Lee Parkin and Paul Beeley
127 people attended the Annual General Meeting of Rotherham Federation of Communities (RotherFed) on Tuesday 30th March 2017 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Following presentations of the annual accounts, election of trustees and speeches from Cllr Dominic Beck, RMBC Cabinet Member for Housing and Tom Bell, Assistant Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services, a number of people shared stories of some of the excellent work undertaken by community volunteers around the Borough. John Woodland from Woodlaithes Wombles was one such speaker who inspired people by the fantastic work done by local volunteer litter pickers with very few resources, just a passion to make their community a better place to live.
Two new small grants were launched at the meeting. Groups can apply for small Environmental Grants of up to £500 for small projects including litter picks, pocket parks, adopting a street, maintaining flower beds, litter picking and looking after community gardens. A second small Project Fund was also launched at the AGM. Rotherham groups can also apply for up to £500 for a specific community project, event or activity.
PC Chris Nicholson made a short speech about Operation Solar a new way to report hate crime for people who don’t want to make formal reports to the police. RotherFed is an agreed reporting centre for this scheme.
Lilian Shears, Vice Chair of RotherFed presented trophies to Madge Tyas and Pauline Davies for the volunteer work they have undertaken. Jennie Helliwell was presented with a trophy by Trustee Sue Fox for her volunteer work in Harley helping keep the village looking good. A number of people were presented with certificates for attending a Strengthening Communities course and the café volunteers were all given flowers.
A mini auction was held at the end of the meeting raising £249.27 for Rotherham Talking Newspapers, a local charity which provides newspapers for people who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold and read a newspaper for any reason.
Annual Review (9mb)