About Freehold

Houses

Freehold neighbourhood includes 385 homes provided by RBH. Freehold consists of mainly of 1 and 3 bedroom flats with a small number of bedsits, 2 bed flats and  flats converted for large families

People

Freehold is a relatively young neighbourhood, with almost twice the RBH average number of 16-24 year olds living here. 25-44 year olds make up nearly half  of  Freehold residents,  Freehold is an ethnically diverse neighbourhood. The proportion of tenants stating ethnicity in Asian and Eastern European categories are in most cases double that of the RBH average. The proportion of Black African households is over four times the average across RBH neighbourhoods

Access, transport and facilities

Freehold is located in Rochdale town centre, and as such is within walking distance of, and on a bus route to, all town centre amenities such as shops, cafes and bus and tram links (to places such  as Manchester, Middleton, Heywood and Bury). Freehold is also located near to Rochdale Railway Station, where services run to Manchester and Leeds.

Freehold has an active Community Group, and the Community Base there hosts:

  • Regular children’s activities
  • IT Digital Hub
  • Social meeting room

Freehold: In Depth

Home & environment

Our local surveys show that satisfaction with the home and environment in Freehold could be improved.

So Far

  • External improvement works were undertaken in 2012/13
  • Properties on Freehold have benefited from kitchen and/or bathroom replacement work in 2015/16,
  • A window and door replacement programme took place in 2016/17

Future Action

  • RBH is investigating improvement options to stairwells which will allow for more effective cleaning and security
  • In conjunction with Rochdale Council, RBH will be making changes to improve communal recycling options

Community

Freehold reports incidents of anti social behaviour with noise nuisance and environmental incidents the most common issues. However local surveys report that people feel the area is generally inclusive and friendly. There are active community groups in Freehold providing local activities for children and adults. A high number of people have chosen to be members of RBH Mutual. People report that they would like more opportunities to participate in the RBH Mutual

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 has provided intensive support to our tenants requiring additional support either through our Better Living Team or partner support agencies
  • RBH is working with our local members, community groups and partners to deliver community activities for all age groups.
  • 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
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation
  • RBH will develop further work with Police and our CCTV to tackle issues in stairwells
  • Working with partners RBH will seek to encourage further activities for young people
  • Working with partners RBH will seek to reduce dog fouling through local education and enforcement
  • Working with local tenant members RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in RBH Mutual

Money

Freehold is a young neighbourhood with relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continues to affect people living in Freehold. 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. High levels of households reporting insufficient income to meet essential expenditure 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
  • RBH has worked with partners to promote work and skills opportunities locally
  • RBH has funded a work club providing weekly job search facilities

     

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
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which reduce poverty and assist money management.

Deciding Together: Freehold

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.

Freehold Priorities

  • Recycling & litter
  • Activities for young people
  • Health & well being
  • 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 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.

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