Tenants and leaseholders invited to Annual Conference to shape services

Published Wednesday, 14th June 2017
Council homes
Council housing

Tenants and leaseholders invited to get involved in shaping services and improve neighbourhoods at the Annual Conference.

Rotherham Council is pleased to announce that getting more tenants involved in shaping services, the effects of benefits changes such as Universal Credit and tackling anti-social behaviour are key themes for this year’s tenants’ conference on 5th July.  

In addition there will be a focus on getting to grips with home maintenance/ DIY, understanding how the repairs service works and how to make informed choices about credit and energy switching. 

The event will take place at the New York Stadium from 10am – 3pm and provides an opportunity to find out how the local Council housing and neighbourhood service is performing. For the first time in the conference’s history a theatre company will be taking centre stage to act out various scenario’s regarding anti- social behaviour and providing a basis for discussion about recognising and dealing with areas of concern in communities. 

To help encourage more people to get involved in shaping services and improving  neighbourhoods, some of  the local community groups will also be doing a short presentation on becoming a group, how to get involved and sharing their stories/experiences. 

Councillor Dominic Beck said. “We want this year’s conference to be the best yet. There will be hopefully be something of interest to everyone and we are excited to welcome a theatre company for the first time which will add a new dimension and help focus discussions around tackling anti-social behaviour. As always there will be a number of stalls offering advice, information and guidance so we hope tenants will take this opportunity to get a range of tenancy related information all under one roof. To book a place call 01709 822786 or e-mail customerinvolvement@rotherham.gov.uk.”

There will be a fantastic range of stalls at the event offering tenancy related advice as well as generally useful information on a range of topics and services such as dementia awareness and fire safety. 

The event, run in conjunction with RotherFed, will also feature their awards ceremony for housing staff and community groups who have gone that extra mile, presented by special guest, Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan. RotherFed will present 12 Community Group Quality Awards and cash prizes to tenants and residents associations and community led organisations in governance, communication, involving people, policies, finance and making a difference. 

There will also be six RotherFed housing staff awards presented to staff members from Rotherham Council, Fortem or Mears who have done that little bit extra to help council tenants in 2016/2017. 

To recommend a member of staff for an award:

Email RotherFed

Call RotherFed 01709 368515image

To book a place:

Email Customer Involvement

Call Customer Involvement 01709 822786image

Conference attendees can attend three workshops. The full list of workshops is as follows: 

Workshop 1 – Money Matters

Workshop 2 – Know your Community

Workshop 3 - What is Anti-Social Behaviour? 

Workshop 4 – Getting to grips with home maintenance and DIY

Workshop 5 – Repairs

Workshop 6 – How changes to benefits may affect you

Workshop 7 – Tpas: Making the most of your Membership