Neighbourhoods Together: About Bellshill, Cloverhall, St Annes and Mayfield

Homes

The four neighbourhoods provide over 630 homes. The majority of housing type within the neighbourhoods is 2 and 3 bed traditional houses. Cloverhall has a higher concentration of bungalows and 3 bed family housing. Mayfield has a mixture of bungalows and 1 & 2 bed flats. Larger family accommodation is concentrated on Cloverhall, Mayfield and Bellshill

People

The age make up of the neighbourhoods is mixed and reflects the types of housing. Cloverhall has a higher percentage of young to middle age households and people over 65. Bellshill has a strong concentration of mid age household. However Bellshill has a significantly high proportion of older households who are not living in bungalow accommodation. Mayfield has a split of younger tenants in flats and older tenants living in bungalows. St Anne’s has a higher level of mid age households living in family accommodation. All four neighbourhoods contain a higher than RBH average of households identifying as Bangladeshi, Pakistani or Kashmiri

Access Transport and Facilities

The neighbourhoods are located on the east side of Rochdale and are on a main bus route to Rochdale town centre and within walking distance of tram links (to places such as Manchester Oldham and Bury).

Meadowfield Community Centre is located within Cloverhall neighbourhood offering

  • Regular advice and support sessions
  • IT Digital Hub
  • Activates and support for older people
  • Health & well being activities.

There is a large RBH owned play and sports facility within the neighbourhoods

Bellshill, Cloverhall, St Annes and Mayfield in depth

Home & environment

Customer satisfaction with the home is lower than average in all the neighbourhoods. Satisfaction with the neighbourhood appearance in Cloverhall and Bellshill ,but less positive in, Mayfield and St Ann’s

So Far

  • A number of properties on Bellshill, St Ann’s and Mayfield have benefitting from kitchen and/or bathroom replacement work in 2016/17.
  • A window and door replacement programme was completed across the neighbourhoods in 2015/16.

     

Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess customer satisfaction levels with home and environment in the neighbourhoods
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal open spaces

Community.

People do not report a high level of satisfaction with living in these neighbourhoods, and there may be a perception that the neighbourhoods could be more friendly and inclusive. There are reported pockets of anti social behaviour across the neighbourhood People living in St Anne’s report a lower sense of well being. Membership levels are low in across these neighbourhoods and appear not to be offering opportunities to participate that are valued.

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 continues to support vulnerable households through our Better Living Team and joint work between our Neighbourhood Housing Officers and support agencies
  • RBH has worked with Adult Care and partner agencies to provide our tenants with aids and adaptations
  • RBH will continue to offer members options to participate in the decisions RBH makes

Future Action

  • RBH will develop further 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
  • RBH is working in partnership with MIND, Life4life and Better Life  to improve access to local counselling, well being and support services
  • 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

All neighbourhoods have a relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continue to affect people living in these neighbourhoods. There are a higher number of people on health related welfare benefits across the neighbourhoods, 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 residents
  • RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants in receipt of health related benefits and younger households
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which reduce poverty and assist money management.

Decide Together: Bellshill, Cloverhall, St Annes and Mayfield

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.

Bellshill, Cloverhall St Anne’s and Mayfield Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces
  • Activities for young people
  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • 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