What we promised: involvement and young people
- Set up a young persons membership scheme to get under 18s involved in the new mutual
- A flexible approach to involvement with a ‘menu’ of different types of activities and different time commitments including volunteering opportunities to support communities
- RBH to discuss with the Tenant Panel how it sees its role in the future and the lessons learned from work on Offer Document
- Identify a specific membership budget to support involvement and volunteering activity
- RBH would work with tenants to identify positive news stories about RBH tenants and communities
What we delivered: involvement and young people
- All our tenants can get involved and have a say about our services and neighbourhoods. However, it’s our members who have opportunities to develop, design and make decisions about how we manage homes, deliver services and support communities.
- The role of the Tenant Panel was to develop the offer document and it’s 50 promises. Once this work was complete the Panel established four new Continuous Improvement Groups which work with RBH to make sure that the promises were kept.
- RBH established a membership team and allocated a budget to develop the membership strategy and implement Members Choice, a scheme for members to allocate a pot of funding for volunteer led community projects. This scheme has now been updated to the new Community Funding and Decide Together funding pots. In 2016/17 the Community Funding supported 11 projects to a total of £59,000. These included digital, health and wellbeing and projects for young people Decide Together was introduced in April 2017, it’s predecessor, Our Choice funded 12 projects in 2016/17 totalling £25,000. These included gardening projects, older people’s activities and healthy living initiatives.
Between February 2014 and October 2015 , RBH Young Voices brought young people (8-17 years of age) from diverse ages and backgrounds together to celebrate being a member of RBH, with the opportunity to get their voices heard and have fun along the way. The scheme was developed in collaboration with The Co-operative College. 21 young people came together to form a Steering Group and they worked hard to promote the scheme and recruit new members, setting up a brand for the scheme, creating a newsletter, developing a video and holding events. Over 200 young people joined the scheme and 135 young people attended one or more events or activities. The work of the Steering Group was recognised – they were finalists in the Rochdale Diversity Awards 2015. Unfortunately, following the summer budget in 2015 and the decision to reduce our rental income by 1% each year, we no longer had resources to support this group and so it ended.
The views of young people continue to be of great importance to us and we will continue to ensure that young people have opportunities to influence work in their communities and also RBH services which impact on young people. We will do this:
- by ensuring that young people who joined RBH Young Voices are given opportunities to influence their Neighbourhoods Together action plan.
- through our partnership with Rochdale Borough Council’s Youth Services. This will see them carry out any consultations with young people on our behalf through their networks of Youth Cabinet and Youth Forums.
Over the past five years, RBH has worked with our members, tenants and employees to identify the good things happening in our communities and ensure they get the maximum publicity possible.
- We regularly include community stories in our publications including "In The Know" magazine, distributed to tenants, and our "Membership Matters" newsletter.
- We have asked our tenants if they would like to become "community correspondents", feeding back stories and comment to us direct from their neighbourhoods.
- We've worked with tenants, community organisations and tenant and resident associations to give a greater profile to their events, in our publications and through releases to the local media.
- We use our social media channels, especially Facebook and Twitter, to publicise good news stories from our communities and to promote upcoming events.
Some of our highlights...
There are lots of great reasons and ways to get involved with RBH. Why not download our involvement leaflet and find out more?
Did you know that all RBH funding available for volunteer led community projects is now decided upon by our members?
In 2016/17 The tenant and employee members on the Community Funding Panel agreed to fund 20 volunteer led community projects, including:
- Digital inclusion / support into employment projects
- Supporting young people e.g. Homework club, arts and craft sessions and junior wardens
- Tea and talk sessions for older people
- Gardening projects
- Activities for adults such as Zumba and tai chi
- Community Café (Kirky Kitchen)
Here are two great videos showing some of the work we've done with young people in the past five years...
Your Most Memorable Moments
Getting involved in our celebrations
In April, May and June we'll be sharing with you what we're done to keep the 50 promises we made when we took over ownership of the homes formerly owned by the Council. We’ll post information online and via social media and invite you to send in your ‘Most Memorable Moments’ (your MMMs) of the past five years.
Your most memorable moment might be something that was life changing - like moving into your home or starting work for RBH. It might be something that had a big impact: new kitchen or bathroom or meeting a new neighbour or colleague. It may be something that was difficult: the floods last Christmas spring to mind or an emergency repair. It might be equally be something very simple.
We want to know what stands out in your memory. We want to hear your stories. We will add your MMM comments and photos to each promise to create an online album to share everyone’s experiences. We will showcase the album at our “All Together” Annual Members Meeting on 12 September.
As an added bonus, everyone who submits a memory will be entered into a draw to win £200 in shopping vouchers!