Neighbourhoods Together: Hollin

Homes

Hollin neighbourhood provides around 700 homes. One bed flats make up almost half of the properties.  The majority of other homes are two and three bed houses. There are concentrations of flats, one close to the main road, and the other based in the north west edge of the neighbourhood

People

Hollin is a relatively young neighbourhood. An above average number of the people living in the neighbourhood are in the 16-34 age band. The over 45’s account for a below average proportion of residents

Hollin is a mixed neighbourhood. Almost half of the neighbourhood describe themselves as White British. The number of households defining themselves as Polish, Slovakian or Black African is higher than other neighbourhoods

Access, transport and facilities

Hollin is situated to the north of Middleton town centre, along two arterial roads with a regular bus service to both Middleton and Rochdale. There is a small shopping parade.  There is an active community organisation providing a community office base run by volunteers that offers advice support, IT access and activities for children. There is a Children’s Centre in the neighbourhood.

Hollin in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with the home are slightly lower than other neighbourhoods. Satisfaction with how the neighbourhood looks is good. The neighbourhood includes a high proportion of open communal green space

So Far

  • Since 2012 Hollin has undergone a series of improvement works, external painting in 2013/14, external works in 2016/17, window and door replacement in 2014/15 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements in 2015/16
  • Improvements to communal, environmental and parking areas have been carried out at flats

Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess customer satisfaction levels with their home
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal areas

Community

Satisfaction with living in Hollin is good and people feel that it is a friendly and inclusive place to live. However, levels of anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average in this neighbourhood.  RBH membership in this neighbourhood is low and people in Hollin  do not feel they had relevant opportunities 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
  • RBH will work with health and well being organisations to promote healthy activities
  • 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.

Money

Hollin 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 Hollin. 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. Levels of households experiencing debt 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 offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants on receipt of health related benefits and younger households

Decide Together: Hollin

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.

Hollin  Priorities

  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Activities for young people
  • Money management & debt
  • Employment & skills
  • Improvement to communal areas

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