‘The Big Rotherham Door Knock’ comes calling

Published Thursday, 13th June 2019
The Big Rotherham Door Knock group photo
The Big Rotherham Door Knock visitors - a multi-agency task force

Residents in Rotherham were paid a visit by a legion of doorknockers at the start of June in a bid to combat loneliness and social isolation.

Residents in Rotherham were paid a visit by a legion of doorknockers at the start of June in a bid to combat loneliness and social isolation.

‘The Big Rotherham Door Knock’ campaign saw a 39-strong multi-agency team  knocking on 321 doors in the Flanderwell area from 3 to 4 June, to have a conversation about how residents feel about their area. Residents were offered a variety of information about activities in the area and advice about local services.

Staff from South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Age UK, Citizens Advice, Voluntary Action Rotherham, Rotherfed and Rotherham Council joined Wickersley ward members Councillors Sue Ellis, Emma Hoddinott and Chris Read for the marathon two-day campaign.

As well as the home visits, residents were able to access advice surgeries held by the Council’s Financial Inclusion Team and a drop-in session run by Citizens Advice. Teams from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue performed home safety checks, while the Council’s housing maintenance contractor, Fortem, were able to pick up immediate referrals for basic repairs.

Councillor Emma Hoddinott, ward member for Wickersley, said: “We’ve had a great few days! The response we had on the doorstep was very positive, and the people we spoke to were encouraged by what we were trying to do to address social isolation and loneliness.
“We chose Flanderwell to pilot this campaign because, according to data from Age UK, it is one of the most likely areas of Rotherham to be susceptible to these issues. 

“Our staff are still analysing the data we captured from the conservations, but we’re confident that, following this pilot, we can roll ‘The Big Rotherham Door Knock’ campaign out across the borough.”

“The Door Knock campaign wouldn’t have been as successful without the contribution from our partners. This has been a great example of multi-agency working, with each one playing to their strengths and maximising our opportunities to engage with our residents.

“Thank you to everyone who took part.”