Over 50 representatives from Tenants and Residents Associations in the two Huddersfield neighbourhoods turned up for this event. As well as time to catch up and talk to other volunteers, KFTRA arranged for Michael Gelling Chair of TAROE (Tenants and Residents of England) to attend the meeting. Michael gave an interesting talk on a new campaign being organised by TAROE to find out what tenants actually want and what the important issues are that affect social housing tenants. Some of the issues raised were;
No rent increase above inflation
Abolish the bedroom tax
Tenants should have a huge political influence
One in five people in England live in the social housing sector, thats 10.6 million people living in 4.2 million properties.
TAROE aim to ask as many of their membership as possible to identify their concerns and priorities and these will be presented to the main political parties with the demand that the voice of 20% of the population is listened to and their concerns are met.
If you would like to take part in this important survey and add your voice to the tenant movement, then please click the link below.
Every Tuesday at 12.30, members of the Rawthorpe Cook & Eat Club meet to join together in cooking and eating a healthy meal.
Members of the club take turns in choosing the meal they would like for the following week & Diane Hanson of Rawthorpe TRA, who runs the weekly sessions ensures that the ingredients for the meal are in place, ready for the club members to prepare.
Members pay £1 per week to cover the cost of the ingredients and most of the club members have been attending regularly for the past year to enjoy preparing and sharing a meal together, once a week.
Big Energy Saving Week is back! January 2014 will mark the third Big Energy Saving Week; a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
Energy is a huge issue and accessing it cheaply, getting support where needed and saving it where possible can have a massive impact on consumers’ ability to manage their energy usage and cost.
Many people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be getting a better deal elsewhere. They could be saving up to £200 a year, particularly if they have never switched before.
Contact your energy supplier to check you
are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills.
Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you as much as £200 if you have never switched before.
If you use heating oil as your main fuel, see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you might want to start your own.
If you’re worried about how much money you’re spending to heat and light your home,
or just want to spend less, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
Keep in the heat by insulating the cavity walls and the loft of your home – you could save up to £320 per year. Most suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation and other energy efficiency measures so ask if you’re eligible.
Salendine Nook TRA invited local people from the estate to take part in their Cook and Eat event. Seven children from the estate turned up to take part and spent a busy morning preparing Shepherds Pie to present to some of the older people living on the estate.
Chris Harrison the Chair of Salendine Nook TRA came up with the idea for holding an event after talking to some of the residents in the family homes on Hubert Street who asked if the TRA could come up with any ideas to occupy the children in the neighbourhood during half term. At a meeting of the TRA, the idea of a cooking event was put forward. One of the Kirklees Cllrs Cahal Burke said he would approach the local Sainsburys store for donations and they kindly donated all the ingredients needed for the children to make a Shepherds Pie for 16 people.
Hayley the local PCSO talked to local families to find out who had children who would be interested in attending a cooking event. Members of the TRA, Hayley and Lucy from KFTRA all turned up on the day to help the children prepare the food at 10.00am ready for the meal to be served to the guests at 1.00pm.
All people who live or work in Huddersfield will be welcome to the next Huddersfield Area Committee meeting on 26 November 2013, 7 – 9pm at the HuddersfieldTown Hall.
The topic for the meeting is:
Poverty Looming, Gambling Booming – who are the winners and losers in Huddersfield?
There are now more opportunities to gamble on the High Street and online. For many this is harmless entertainment, but for some people it can become a problem that affects health and relationships. Come and find out more about the impact of gambling on individuals and communities, and what is available to help.
Congratulations to Rawthorpe TRA especially Diane Hanson and Sandra Tremaine for organising and accompanying 90 local residents on a successful day trip to Blackpool.
The TRA had originally intended to take 45 people, but after leafleting the estate with details of the trip all the seats were taken within two hours and people were still clamouring for places. The TRA managed to secure additional funding to allow them to book an extra coach to take an additional 45 people on the trip.
Rawthorpe KFTRA Management Committee member Sandra Tremaine said “it was a lot of hard work to organise the trip, especially when we had to find another bus. But it was worth it to see how exited the children were, particularly those that had never seen the sea before.”
The TRA members elected to represent the Huddersfield North Neighbourhood on the KFTRA Management Committee for 2013 – 2014 are as follows;
From left to right
Keith Osborne – Kirkheaton TRA – Neighbourhood Lead
Chris Harrison – Salendine Nook TRA
Jackie Simpson – Malham Court Action Group
Paul Hulin – Netherwood Close TRA
Allan Hinde-King – Skelmanthorpe TRA
Sandra Tremaine – Rawthorpe TRA
On Saturday 3rd August 2013, Malham Court Action Group a Tenants and Residents Association based in the Oakes area of Huddersfield held a community event to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Rides and bouncy castles were available for the children as well as stalls, food and entertainment and the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Ken Smith opened the event.