Open Board Meeting November 2019

The next board meeting of Rotherham Federation of Communities is open to all tenants and residents in Rotherham and will include a discussion and workshops about how we can shape the future of  Area Housing Panels (AHPs) in Rotherham.

The main purpose of AHPs is to contribute toward creating better neighbourhoods and communities in a defined area that reflect the wishes of tenants and residents in that area. The open meeting will include 4 different workshops on how we can ensure panels remain tenant led, what ways we can involve more tenants on panels , how can we improve online decision making and how can Rotherham Federation support panels to develop.

The meeting will be held between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 29th November 2018 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre and is open to all. It includes coffee, cakes and the Centre is on Eastwood View (off Doncaster Road) in Rotherham.

Steve Ruffle the CEO of Rotherham Federation said “the AHPs are a fantastic example of tenant empowerment. This meeting will offer  a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in shaping the future of the Panels to involve people in having a say on environmental and housing management in the Borough.”  He added “even if you are not involved now, we would be pleased if you were interested in coming along, knowing more and finding out how you can get involved and make a difference in your local area”.

Workshop 1: How Can We Ensure Panels Remain Tenant Led?

Workshop 2: What Ways Can We Involve More Tenants on Panels?

Workshop 3: What Ways Can we Improve online Decision Making on Projects?

Workshop 4: How can Rotherham Federation Help Support Panels to develop?

Book your place here. 

AGM 2019

A provisional date and time for the AGM is 1pm on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Places are limited so contact us to confirm now. 

AGM 2018

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.

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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.  

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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 “

2017 Minutes

Final Accounts

General Meeting 2018

Report from this meeting on 26th January 2018 on the future of social housing here.

Tenant Conference 2017

 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.

Stephen McKenna

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

AGM 2017

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.

Final Accounts

Annual Review (9mb)