Rosemary Boyle – Lifetime Achievement award winner!!!

We are so thrilled to share that on Thursday 16th May, our CEO and Manager had the pleasure of accompanying our much loved and admired Vice Chair to the Rotherham Advertiser Community Achievement Awards where she had been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement award. Having nominated Rosemary for this award some weeks ago, it gave us an opportunity to wax lyrical about just how wonderful this lady is. She has been at the heart of Rush House since the 1980s and was part of the group that actually identified a need for supported accommodation for homeless young people in Rotherham. It is fair to say without Rosemary and her contemporaries Rush House would simply not exist. What started back then was a 30+ year commitment from Rosemary to support Rush House to navigate the often choppy waters of the local Voluntary & Community sector and to help steer us through some difficult times as we faced funding cuts and restructures. Rosemary has remained at the helm for all those years and is still Vice Chair of our esteemed board of directors who all give generously of their time, knowledge and passion to make life a little more bearable for our most vulnerable young people and to ensure that Rush House can move forward and develop in the most effective way. In addition to this Rosemary has been an active advocate and supporter of Rotherham Voluntary and Community sector for her entire working life and has given freely of her time to many good causes over the years. In fact alongside her longstanding commitment to Rush House, Rosemary was for many years also Chair of the board of directors for GROW another local charity and voluntary sector organisation providing a plethora of services to support women and families within our locality and only stepped down from that role later in life when ill health dictated a need to take things a little slower – though it is fair to say that taking things slow really does not feature in Rosemary’s agenda to often!. In most recent times Rosemary has rallied her friends, neighbours and social contacts to raise over £500 towards the fundraising efforts of Maddy Corr who recently completed the London Marathon for Rush House which no doubt was a massive boost to her but will also go a long way to supporting vulnerable young people engaged within our services.

Against some very strong competition, we are ecstatic to say that Rosemary was named the winner of her category and we looked on proudly as she received her award to the applause of the gathered audience and gave a typically impassioned speech about Rush House and the work we do. We are incredibly proud and privileged to have Rosemary still actively contributing to our work and to be able to say that we have helped her get the recognition she so richly deserves.

Rosemary there are not enough words to say how much we value your contribution to Rush House and how much we love and respect you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Lifetime Achievement may 2019

Lisa R (Manager)

Feeling the positivity!

Hey All,

It’s been a while since we connected. We are feeling the love at Rush House at the moment mainly due to the mammoth efforts of our friend Madelaine Corr who completed her first London Marathon in aid of Rush House on 28th April 2019. She set herself a fundraising target of £3000 which at one point we were unsure we would reach, in fact I remember thinking if we get to £1000 we’ll be happy. Well, the outpouring of love and donations has steadily grown and grown and after a £50 donation by our friends at ProAktive Ltd I am thrilled to say our current total stands at £2108.93!! All of a sudden that £3000 target doesn’t seem so far away. Just another £891.07 and we’ll be there so please folks if you can spare a quid or two to push us to our goal we’d be so incredibly grateful. The Justgiving Link is below;

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Madelaine-corr2

What is just as amazing as the thousands of pounds raised is the fact that behind each donation there is a person or group who have had Rush House and our wonderful service users in their minds and hearts and that for us is just as important as money in the coffers. It has got me thinking as to how we can let you wonderful people know what you have “invested” in by making that donation. All to often we drop a fiver in a collection box without ever really knowing what impact it will have and what good work the charity will do. So I just thought I would share with you some feedback we have had recently from service users and assessors that know first hand what we do;

“Rush House comprises of an exceptional team of individuals who are passionate about supporting young people to achieve their potential. The culture that exists is one that embraces everyone who walks through their doors and as a team they have created a dynamic and safe environment for service users” – Investors in People

“The ethos and culture of the organisation is one of inclusivity and on-going empowerment for young people to make well informed choices for their future of work, training, education and success” – Matrix Standard.

 

We continue to work under our Lloyds Bank Foundation funding to deliver our A Place of Your Own pre tenancy programme to vulnerable care leavers. I am really pleased to say that we have a number of young people who have completed the programme and as such will now be preparing for a move to independent accommodation where they can feel safe, secure and settled. More to follow on this….

I hope that this has given you an idea of what the money we raised can do for vulnerable young people, but if you are in any doubt I will let the final word go to one of our former service users;

This place [Rush House] kept me straight and narrow……I’ve turned myself around from negative vibes” – JT 16/02/19

And that’s why we do what we do!

Lisa R (Manager)