COVID-19 has had a huge impact on everyone in the Rotherham borough, and continues to bring uncertainty to our lives.
In September 2020, we created Rotherham Together - a monthly programme which provides everything from cultural events, such as talks, performances and screenings (some virtual, some in person), to a series of toolkits and guides which help us figure out our new normal together.
The programme is designed to explore the themes of:
It has been developed with a broad range of partners from across the borough including Grimm and Co, Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance, Rotherham NHS Trust, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Voluntary Action Rotherham and Wentworth Woodhouse.
If you are involved in a project, and would like to feature in the Rotherham Together programme, please email:
We look forward to hearing from you!
Other events in January
Fancy something a little bit different this January? Why not join in with The January Challenge 2021 from our friends at 64 Million Artists.
Each day in January there will be a fun, free and accessible creative activity. 64 Million Artists believes that everybody is creative, and that being creative is good for you and good for the world around you – and we have to agree!
This year 64 Million Artists are working with some amazing collaborators – award winning writer, international poet, performer, playwright, artist and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, multi award-winning journalist and author Yomi Adegoke and writer, artist and part-time superhero Jess Thom aka Touretteshero.
‘Creativity is not the monopoly of artists, it’s in all of us, it always was…it is in the mothers who have to negotiate their child’s wellbeing on a daily basis, it’s in the taxi driver who looks at the stars in the night sky and believes them to be miraculous. It’s in all of us!’ - Lemn Sissay
Escape into a page - it's more than books
Rotherham Libraries offer access to e-books, e-audio books, e-newspapers and e-magazines all for free!
With easy access to our collections of almost 6,000 adult and children’s titles, and much more - you just need to be a library member. For more details, visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/libraries
Home Library Service
Are you an avid reader? Unable to get to your local library?
Rotherham Libraries deliver books and talking book CDs to all areas of the borough to anyone who is unable to access a library due to health, caring or disability issues and has no one who can go to the library on their behalf.
For more information or to sign up, please call 01709 823886 or email [email protected]
Shared Reading offers people the chance to be part of an online reading group where excerpts from books and poems are read and then discussed. Visit The Reader website for more information.
International Disability Arts Competition
Artworks Together is an inaugural arts competition and exhibition. This exhibition will take place annually between March and May and will showcase and celebrate the work of artists with learning disabilities across the globe.
This year’s exhibition will be taking place virtually to ensure the accessibility of the exhibition to all given the current restrictions of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The exhibition will culminate in a month-long showcase in June, where the virtual exhibition will be projected for viewers to experience it at the prestigious Wentworth Woodhouse, a Grade I listed stately home in South Yorkshire, UK.
During this month we will be hosting a series of talks, ‘meet the artist’ sessions and creative workshops within the building.
By applying you could be selected to exhibit in the exhibitions or win a selection of prizes. The competition will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised artists and curators.
If you are interested in finding out more about entering the exhibition, please visit www.artworkstogether.co.uk/submit
Grimm & Co
The events of last year have not stopped Grimm & Co from championing the writer in every child.
They have continued to deliver workshops to children and young people and have offered a wide variety of programmes online. Switching over to a digital platform can bring with it a number of challenges, but Grimm & Co has produced over thirty free workshops since lockdown and these can still be accessed via the website.
The focus of these activities explore the use of the imagination as a tool of escapism and also the power of writing for wellbeing. The charity strives to support children and young people to develop their voice and ensure they are heard.
In the middle of December, Grimm & Co was awarded a £500k Capital Kickstart grant as part of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. This means that they are now in a position to push forward and complete phase 1 of the transformation of Talbot Lane Methodist Church.
It is in this new building where they plan to expand their reach, working with more children and young people in Rotherham and throughout the region. For more info: www.grimmandco.co.uk
We would love to know how you have managed through the past year.
Is there something that you have done or been a part of that others could join in or replicate?
Have you been inspired by a journey or been that inspiration to others?
Help us to help others. Please get in touch - email [email protected]
Campaign for Creatives
At the beginning of 2020, Rotherham Creative Network was launched by Artful Make It Happen, to help showcase and develop the creative sector in Rotherham and beyond. To act as a resource for meeting other creatives, skill sharing, collaboration, discussing work, sharing events, or asking for help and advice.
In response to Covid-19, Rotherham Creative Network focused on their digital offer across their social media platforms, in line with the ‘new normal’, and carrying on where they left off in the ‘real world’ with their ‘Campaign for Creatives’. This campaign aims to support and empower Rotherham’s creatives in 2021 and beyond, giving them the platform, they deserve and has led to a network community with shared values and principles, by the people for the people.
If you are interested in participating in the ‘Campaign for Creatives’, please email [email protected]. Image credit: Happy Alien Photography.
The Children, Young People and Families Consortium which comprises around 30 local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations was recently successful in being awarded £99,806 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
This helped us to coordinate 9 of our member organisations and provide a joined-up consortium response to the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable people and communities in Rotherham. The 6-month project which began in October 2020 is aimed at supporting those who wish to return to a sense of normality by increasing accessibility and meaningful engagement, whilst also supporting those who are isolated and require additional support to integrate by mobilising support to communities.
We are achieving this by offering a range of in person and virtual opportunities which have been extended by the fund and adapted in light of Covid-19 to meet the needs of our service users. Find out more: Children, Young People and Families' Consortium
Rotherham Creative Learning is committed to providing high quality family learning provision to the families and communities of Rotherham. The programme is varied and interactive and allows adults and children of all ages, to engage creatively in learning.
Family learning is such a wonderful opportunity for adults to work together with their child, to learn new skills and spend quality fun time together. It is even more important now than ever, to help keep families learning and active.
The creative activities cover a range of curriculum subjects, including, engineering, coding, arts/crafts, literacy, maths, history, geography and more. There is definitely something for everyone!
The website is packed with free downloadable activity sheets and links to many other websites for you to explore. They also have a selection of online courses for adults. These are free and include free resources to complete the course too.
Please visit www.rotherhamclc.org.uk for information on all the opportunities available.
Having a Laugh
Live stream lockdown comedy is back in town and on screen
One of the first live stream projects of the ‘lockdown era’ returns to our screens this January as virtual comedy club, Your Place Comedy, transports more of the UK’s best stand-ups from their living rooms to yours…and all for free! Organised by a collective of 12 small, independent venues from across Yorkshire and the Humber, the programme of shows – which enables some of our best loved theatres and arts centres to continue presenting great performances while their doors remain closed – is back for three more instalments, beginning on Sunday 24th January.
For the first show of the new series, three time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long is joined by star of 'Live At The Apollo' and 'Have I Got News For You', Ahir Shah.
The event, which will be free to watch on YouTube and Twitch, with an option for viewers to donate if they have enjoyed the broadcast. The money raised will be used to support both the performers and the 12 venues involved, all of whom face continued uncertainty as social distancing and Covid tier regulations impact significantly on their ability to deliver live performances
January 2021 Rotherham Together programme
We've got lots of free and exciting activities taking place this month.
Download the January 2021 Rotherham Together programme. This file may not be suitable if you use assistive technologies. However, all information in the programme is available above in an accessible format.