About Alkrington

Homes

The Alkrington neighbourhood consist of approximately 320 homes with a even split between  1 bed flats and 2 & 3 bed family houses. The flats are situated mainly in low rise blocks at the centre of the neighbourhood

People

Alkrington is a relatively young neighbourhood with an above average number of households aged under 35 yrs. Over 45’s  account for a below average proportion of residents. The majority of residents describe themselves as White British although the neighbourhood as a slightly higher than average number of households who are Black African

Access, transport and facilities

Alkrington is situated on the eastern edge of Middleton, close to the borders with Oldham and North Manchester. Regular bus routes into Middleton and Manchester are within walking distance. Travel to Rochdale requires a bus change or a 20 minute walk to Mills Hill Train station. The neighbourhood has limited local shopping facilities in a small parade. The nearest health centre is approximately 15 minutes walk

There is an active community group in the neighbourhood which provide children’s activities and a social meeting space at their community centre

Alkrington - In depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with both the home and the environment are slightly lower than other neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood includes a high percentage of open communal green space and a small play area

So Far

  • RBH completed a painting works programme in 2014/15
  • A programme of window and door replacements and central heating works is due to complete in Spring 2017

Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess the impact of  the improvement programme on customer satisfaction levels
  • In 2017 RBH will be working with the community to bid for funding to improve current play provision
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspections will be used to identify any environmental issues in communal areas

Community

Satisfaction with the Alkrington neighbourhood is good. However, the number of people who feel the neighbourhood is friendly is less positive. The levels of crime and anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average in this neighbourhood. People feel happy with the options to participate in RBH

So far

  • RBH is working in partnership with Police, Rochdale Council and support agencies to reduce and resolve anti social behaviour including taking enforcement action where appropriate
  • RBH will continue to offer members options to participate in the decisions RBH makes

Future Action

  • RBH will work with Police and support agencies to develop early intervention in relation to juvenile anti social behaviour and incidents arising from alcohol and drug misuse
  • Working with local tenant members RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in RBH Mutual
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation

Money

Alkrington is a neighbourhood with relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continue to affect people living in Alkrington. There are a higher number of people on health related welfare benefits across the neighbourhood, who may need a high level of support to access the work market. Households experiencing debt may show a need for support around budget and money management and well as improving access to quality employment and skills training

So Far

  • RBH Rent & Payments Team have been assisting households to apply for Discretionary Hardship Payments where appropriate
  • RBH has contacted and supported households affected by the Welfare Benefits cap
  • RBH specialist debt team has assisted households in managing and reducing debt

Further Action

  • RBH will continue with local outreach campaigns to contact those households needing money advice
  • RBH will work with new employment and skills programmes such as Working Well and Motiv8 to improve people’s access to work and skills support
  • RBH will offer one to one mentoring support to tenant members who are looking to improve employment opportunities
  • RBH will work with local employers in the surrounding business parks to promote employment and skills opportunities for Alkrington residents
  • RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants in receipt of health related benefits and younger households

Decide Together: Alkrington

Decide Together can offer funding to any RBH member or group who has an idea for an activity which addresses a priority or action within a Neighbourhoods Together area.

Alkrington Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces
  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Activities for young people
  • Money management & debt
  • Employment & skills

How does it work

  • Complete and submit a Decide Together Form with your idea
  • Your idea will then be placed on the RBH website
  • All RBH members living in the 16 neighbourhoods will be invited to vote online for projects in their neighbourhood
  • Projects that receive the most member votes receive the funding to try out their idea
  • But MEMBERS need to vote for the projects they want to see happen.

Download Decide Together Guidance and Decide Together Ideas Form