Neighbourhoods Together: Greave and Spotland

Homes

Greave and Spotland provide almost 340 homes. The majority of housing type within the neighbourhoods is 2 and 3 bed traditional houses and a concentration of bungalows. Spotland  has a higher concentration of flats bungalows and 1 & 2 bed flats. Larger family accommodation is concentrated in Greave

People

The neighbourhoods have lower than average younger households. Greave has a higher concentration of mid aged households and Spotland has a higher concentration of households 65+. Both neighbourhoods have slightly higher than average Pakistani households

Access Transport and Facilities

The neighbourhoods are located on the west side of Rochdale and are on a main bus route to Rochdale town centre. Oulderhill Secondary School and Rochdale Football Club are close to these neighbourhoods. There is a small shopping parade on Denehurst Road.

Greave Community Centre is located within  neighbourhoods offering

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

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

Greave and Spotland in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with the home and environment are good in Greave but less positive in Spotland.

So Far

  • A number of properties on Spotland and Greave had kitchen and/or bathroom replacement work in 2014/15.
  • A window and door replacement programme was completed on Greave in 2014/15 and Spotland is undergoing window and door replacement in 2016/17 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 Spotland
  • 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 inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal open spaces

Community

Satisfaction with living in  Greave is high, however satisfaction in the Spotland neighbourhood appears lower than RBH average and there may be a perception that the Spotland neighbourhood could be more friendly and inclusive. People living in Spotland reported a lower sense of well being. Membership levels are low in Greave neighbourhood 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 has funded community projects aimed at healthier lifestyles and reducing isolation
  • 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

 

The neighbourhoods have a slightly 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 a one to one mentoring support to tenant members who are looking to improve employment opportunities
  • RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants on 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: Greave and Spotland

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.

Greave Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces
  • 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