Communities First and the
Respect Standard for Housing Management.
Details of all the
awards/initiatives and how to apply/enter
What is Communities First?
Communities First is a package of incentives that aims to
recognise, promote and reward good behaviour and the contributions
made by tenants and groups to improve community spirit.
There are lots of tenants and tenants groups who take time and
effort to help other tenants and residents and their wider
We recognise these unsung heroes and reward them for their good
citizenship. By supporting and encouraging their work and by
singing their praises, we hope to show everyone how much of a
difference they make to other people's lives and encourage others
to follow their good examples.
We also work with young people to encourage them to identify
with the communities they live in and the role they play in
ensuring that it is and remains a happy and healthy place for
everyone to live.
1. Recognising the
positive contributions made by individuals and groups
- Communities First Awards in
recognition of their dedication to their local community through
- Good Neighbour Awards are
your opportunity to pay tribute to someone special, whose kindness
has made a real difference to your life or that of another
- Photography competition
- Football Tournaments
- Big Lunch
2. Greening estates.
- "Dig It" Planting Grant.
Community voluntary groups receive grants to improve the look of
their estates and community areas.
- Borough in Bloom "Best garden at a
Council property competition". Green fingered tenants are
in the pink with their Borough in Bloom prizes.
- Pick 'n 'Party encourages people
living on estates managed by RBH to get together for a community
clean up activity. We will help to organise and promote the
tidy ups to encourage adults and young people living in the local
community to join in the fun on the day and we will reward everyone
who takes part with a party.
3. Working with young people to make a difference
- RBH's Community Kids is a programme
of citizenship sessions that we deliver to 9 and 10 year olds at
local primary schools. The sessions encourage the youngsters
to identify with the communities they live in and their role in
making it a happy and healthy place for everyone.
- Prison! Me! No Way! Find out
how we are working with local upper schools to warn them about the
serious consequences of getting involved in anti social behaviour
and encourage them to make positive life choices.
- Junior Wardens
- Crucial Crew.
First and the Respect Standard for Housing Management
..Communities First will work hand in hand with
the enforcement action Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and our
partners take to tackle anti-social behaviour.
By recognising, rewarding and promoting those who respect their
neighbours and communities, "Communities First" will reinforce the
message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and good
citizenship is valued.