Neighbourhoods Together: Back O' Th' Moss


Back O’th Moss neighbourhood provides over 330 homes, made up mostly of 2 bedroomed houses and 1 bedroomed bungalows. There are a small number of larger homes in the neighbourhood

Back O’th the Moss has a large amount of open communal green space


Back O’th Moss is a relatively young neighbourhood with above average number of people aged between 16 and 34.  The over 60s account for a below average proportion of residents, despite the large number of bungalows in the neighbourhood

Over three quarters  of Back O’th Moss residents described themselves as White British, Back O’th Moss residents who describe themselves as Black African or Polish is higher than the average in RBH neighbourhoods

Access, transport and facilities

Back O’th Moss is approximately 15 minutes walking distance from Heywood Centre. There is a regular bus service to Heywood and Bury. There is a Community Centre funded by Rochdale Borough Council in the neighbourhood, which runs a range of activities for the community. The area is adjacent to Heywood Sports Centre which provides health, well being, sports and leisure opportunities.

Back O' Th' Moss 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

  • Back O’th Moss has undergone a series of improvement works, painting in 2014/15, external works in 2015/16 and window and door replacement in 2016/17 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements
  • RBH Caretaking team are responding to fly tipping and dumping in the neighbourhood


Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess customer satisfaction levels
  • RBH will work with the Council to respond to fly tipping on open land and alleyways
  • 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


Satisfaction with living in this neighbourhood is less positive. However the neighbourhood is felt to be friendly. The levels of anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average. People do not feel confident about their health and well being. Whilst RBH membership in the neighbourhood is high, members do not feel they have relevant opportunities to participate in RBH

So far

  • RBH is working in partnership with Police, the 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 health and well being agencies, RBH will offer support to vulnerable households
  • Working with local tenant members, RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in the mutual RBH
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation


The  neighbourhood has relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continue to affect people living in these neighbourhoods. Levels of households experiencing debt or difficulty maintaining income may show a need for support around budgeting 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 a one to one mentoring support to tenant members who are looking to improve employment opportunities
  • RBH will work with Back O’th Moss Community Centre to develop a digital hub for job searches

Decide Together: Back O' Th' Moss

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

Back O’th Moss Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces and play areas
  • Reducing fly tipping
  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Money management & debt
  • Employment, skills and digital access

How does it work

  • Complete and submit a Decide Together Form with your idea
  • Your idea will then be placed on the website
  • All RBH tenant members in the 16 neighbourhoods will be invited to vote online for projects in their neighbourhood
  • Projects that receive a majority vote from members in the neighbourhood will be funded 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