Outcomes from our November community workshops

Thank you to all the local residents who came along to our November workshops.

These comprised two open sessions with our independent advisor Helen, one during the day and one in an evening, to discuss the proposed residents’ deal and in particular the resident commitments and code of conduct.

Attendees agreed that the main message was to treat people as you would like to be treated yourself; the wider themes discussed included respect for others, building relationships, and taking responsibility.

Our December community workshops take place on Tuesday 4th December (6-8pm) and Wednesday 5th December (12.30-2.30pm) both at Lower Falinge Community Base. This month we’d like to hear your views on how to deliver community facilities and community activities in College Bank and Lower Falinge. All welcome!

Plans approved for more family homes and green space in Lower Falinge

Our proposals to deliver a better quality and mix of homes in Rochdale town centre have taken another step forward, with Rochdale Council’s approval of our plans to deliver 55 new homes at the heart of Lower Falinge.

The new homes will replace five existing 1960s blocks of flats, which will be demolished as part of the development. The blocks will be replaced with 55 brand new homes, comprising 33 one and two bedroom flats and 22 two and three bedroom houses, together with a new park and play space to provide a new “green heart” at the centre of Lower Falinge. This new green area will provide improved public open space for both new and existing residents, and better connections and routes through the neighbourhood.

Clare Tostevin, RBH’s Director of Growth, said:

“We’re really pleased to receive planning consent for the latest phase of plans for Rochdale town centre. We’ve worked closely with the local community to develop these plans, and we’re extremely grateful to all the residents who have got involved by attending our workshops, speaking to us at our drop-in sessions, or feeding back online through our dedicated website and our social media discussions”.

We continue to provide advice and assistance to residents affected by the demolition proposals. We have promised that all tenants affected by the demolition will be guaranteed both compensation and rehousing priority for a like for like home, and that all those who wish to stay in the town centre area will be able to do so.

Community Workshops in November and December 2018

We’re holding two community workshops in November and a further two workshops in December with our independent advisor Helen, and we’d really like to see you there – all those who live and work in College Bank or Lower Falinge are very welcome to attend. We’re holding two sessions on each topic, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, to try to ensure that as many local people as possible are able to come along.

Community workshops: developing a code of conduct and looking out for one another

  • Venue: Lower Falinge Community Base
  • Session one: Tuesday 6th November, 6pm until 8pm
  • Session two: Wednesday 7th November, 12.30pm until 2.30pm

Community workshops: providing community facilities and community activities

  • Venue: Lower Falinge Community Base
  • Session one: Tuesday 4th December, 6pm until 8pm
  • Session two: Wednesday 5th December, 12.30pm until 2.30pm

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Residents at Falinge Mews celebrate their refurbished scheme

Residents at nearby Falinge Mews Independent Living Scheme held an afternoon tea on Tuesday 9th October to celebrate the completion of a £200,000 refurbishment.

They were joined by contractors CES Ltd and local councillors Cecile Biant and Faisal Rana along with RBH employees.

The scheme has seen all internal doors replaced, new internal decorations carried out, and the outside of the building given a facelift with deep cleaning works over the last 15 weeks.

The Independent Living scheme has been made more dementia friendly with each floor being painted a distinct colour and memory boxes being placed outside each residents home.

The refurbishment represents a £200,000 investment by RBH, further improving the housing offer for older people in and around central Rochdale.

Wendy Stewart, RBH Customer Safety Manager, said:

“The design is modern, and the scheme now has a bright and airy feel raising the overall quality. The scheme is attractive and welcoming, and the communal facilities will be used not only by the residents but also for local events – bringing the community together.  We have also incorporated dementia friendly design to provide an environment that meets the needs of all our older residents.”

Councillor Cecile Biant said:

“It is lovely to see that the residents are pleased with the new refurbishment. It makes the place feel light, bright and cheerful. I am pleased that RBH is looking after and investing in their buildings. All the residents we met are very happy here and could not speak highly enough of the contractors and RBH employees.”

The New Pioneers: RBH and RSA launch pioneering programme to support local residents in central Rochdale

New Pioneers Programme launch

RBH and the RSA have set out plans for a pioneering new approach to support residents in Rochdale town centre to improve their skills and find better and more secure jobs.

The “new pioneers programme” (NPP), is a collaboratively designed new support programme for residents in Lower Falinge and College Bank. The programme has three mutually supporting elements, which together provide the opportunity for lasting change. These are:

  • A new pioneers income: a basic income instead of existing benefits, providing financial stability and flexibility for participants to allow them to plan long-term for their career and their future.
  • A new pioneers space: a community space, integral to the wider physical regeneration of the neighbourhoods, where the programme can be based.
  • Dedicated careers brokers, providing intensive and personalised support to participants.

The Programme will be aimed at working-age adults living locally in College Bank and Lower Falinge who are either working part-time already or out of work on Employment and Support Allowance or Carer’s Allowance. The programme would provide intense support and a basic income for participants for 12 months and initially intends to run for three years to provide support up to 120 New Pioneers.

This proposed new and innovative approach was set out today (Friday 14th September) at a special event held at the Pioneers Museum in Rochdale; RBH’s Director of Growth Clare Tostevin was joined by special guest speakers Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester), Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive, RSA), Katie Schmuecker (Head of Policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation), and Richard Tang (founder and Chief Executive of local employer Zen Internet). The event was chaired by the RSA’s Ed Cox.

RBH and the RSA are looking to implement and fund this initial phase collaboratively, and today’s event was held with local public bodies, national government, and philanthropic and social investors, all of whom have an interest in testing the merits of the new approach.

Thursday drop-in sessions – temporary change of venue

As the TRA Office at College Bank is currently unavailable, the Thursday drop-in sessions have been rearranged to take place at Lower Falinge Housing Office until further notice.

The sessions will continue to be held every Thursday from 10am until 12 noon and all those who live and work in College Bank and Lower Falinge are welcome to drop in. The Tuesday sessions at Lower Falinge Housing Office, also from 10am until 12 noon, are unaffected and will continue as scheduled.