A message to Members

Posted by: RBH Communications 22nd April 2020

Dear Members,

We often talk about it, but it is in these challenging times that we really see the value of how our tenant and employee members work together.

We want to say thank you for the amazing response of our tenants and employees to this unprecedented situation. We have seen the extraordinary spirit present within our communities, dedicated to supporting friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues through the coronavirus outbreak.

We have seen RBH tenants and employees join the joint volunteering efforts across Rochdale Borough. Many more have taken on caring and supporting roles for a colleague, a friend, a neighbour, or a family member. Our teams continue to deliver essential services, including emergency repairs and vital safety checks, and tenants have supported them and welcomed them as they do so. Over 2,000 calls have been made to older and vulnerable tenants to make sure that they have the support that they need.

We have never been prouder to be part of RBH, a mutual society at the heart of our communities.


Like our members, our Representative Body and our Board have had to adapt quickly to new ways of working. Both our Representatives and our Board Members recently held their first remote meeting. We will make sure that the voices of our tenant members and employee members continue to be heard even in the most difficult of circumstances.

We will need to continue to adapt and to do things differently. We are currently looking at how we can deliver the Annual Members Meeting and the Representative Body elections, and we are considering whether we are able to move these. After two years of working with Alzheimer’s Research UK, we are looking at a new approach to how members support the charities that mean so much to them. We will make sure that we keep members informed.

All our latest updates on coronavirus are on the dedicated page on our website - please make sure that you stay safe and continue to follow the guidance from the NHS and Public Health England. On behalf of all RBH members, tenants, and employees, thank you so much for your part in the response of our communities to the current extraordinary challenges.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Lynne Brosnan - Chair of the Representative Body
Alison Tumilty - Chair of the Board
Gareth Swarbrick - Chief Executive

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