Covid-19 – Help For Vulnerable Residents



If you, or someone you know of, are living alone, vulnerable and have no one else to help with basic tasks, then the Rotherham Heroes volunteers are here to help.

The Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme is a borough-wide volunteer programme, co-ordinated by the Rotherham Community Hub to help vulnerable people across Rotherham during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Rotherham Community Hub includes Rotherham Council, Voluntary Action Rotherham and other community partners.

We are continuing to work alongside Rotherham’s voluntary, community and faith groups who are already providing an outstanding service to people in need within our communities.

The help given by our Rotherham Heroes volunteers is precious and so we can only provide it to those most in need for the most essential help – please do not ask for help with anything you could do for yourself or is not essential at this time.

Our volunteers can help with:

  • Essential shopping
  • tackling loneliness and isolation by being a friendly voice on the other end of the phone
  • prescription collection – picking up your medicines from the chemist
  • dog walking – taking your dog out once a day
  • advice and signposting to support services – putting you in touch with the correct information.

To ask for help please complete the form or call us on 01709 807319.

It’s important to know that volunteers will not come inside your home. If you need help with things inside your home, such as dressing or washing then you should call the Council on 01709 382121 to talk about the services available to you.

Once we have your details and understand your needs our team will then connect you with a volunteer in your neighbourhood.

Don’t get Bored – Get Creative!

Rotherham Creative Learning Centre – a partnership between Rotherham Council and RNN Group – is opening up its doors virtually to offer a range of learning activities for families and adult learners during the coronavirus crisis.

Activities available now include:

Creative Ideas for Family Learning – a range of resources and challenges to download.

The 100 activity challenge – 100 creative things to do in the home environment – tick off challenges ranging from writing a story or creating your own comic to baking a cake and learning to juggle!

Rotherham Creative Inventions Programme – including the Virtual Roscars  animation and film competition, Picture IT mobile device photo competition, Create IT art competition and Discover IT distance learning programme for adults.

Details are available on the Rotherham Creative website:

Rotherham Creative Learning Centre

And don’t forget, Rotherham Libraries can give you access to a huge range of online resources, including a catalogue of FREE e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines from the online library.

What’s more, there are lots of library activities for children available through the Libraries Facebook page , including a Lego Club challenge and storytelling.

Useful Covid-19 Guidance Websites

General Guidance

Government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you need to do: .    Guidance on Shielding and Protecting People defined on medical Grounds as Vulnerable from Covid-19 and Guidance on Home Care provision is also available on their website.

RMBC are keeping you up-to-date with the latest information on Covid-19 guidance and changes to RMBC services

Health Guidance

NHS also has useful advice NHS Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Alzheimer Society are providing information and activity ideas for  people affected by dementia – Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia

Asthma UK providing information for people with Asthma – COVID-19 for people with asthma

British Heart Foundation provide information on your heart health – Coronavirus and You

British Lung Foundation have additional information for people with lung conditions – Covid-19

Cancer Research UK are providing additional information for cancer patients  – Covid-19 and Cancer

Kidney Care UK are providing information for people with kidney conditions – Covid-19 Guidance for Patience with Kidney Problems

MS Society providing information for people diagnosed with MS – COVID-19 coronavirus and MS treatments

Rethink are providing information for people with mental health issues – Covid-19 and Mental Health

Stroke providing information for stroke survivors – Stroke Association: information on coronavirus for stroke survivors

Versus Arthritis providing information for people with Joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis – Versus Arthritis: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Care & Employment Guidance

Skills for Care are regularly updating the latest guidance to support IEs and PAs during this challenging period. Skills for Care

ACAS have a useful template letter to FURLOUGH staff plus other useful advice..



Covid-19 Update

Following the latest announce from Government on Covid-19, the Tassibee Centre is now closed.

We will continue to provide home care provision via our Direct Payment Service and a telephone advocacy support service.

We will continue to monitor and review these services, as the safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community we support is paramount.

Our staff are working remotely.

You can still contact us by direct email, and if you have any queries or concerns please email or call 07957 654400

If you want updates on Covid-19 also see

New Free Course – Reflexology starting in November

Tassibee will be starting a new FREE course this Monday 18th November.
You are welcome to come and join us on our 5 week reflexology course.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.
During this course you will learn about the benefits of Reflexology and practice reflexology techniques on each other. You may want to bring a friend or relative to practice on.
Sessions will run every Monday from 18th November until 16th December at the Tassibee Centre, 36 Godstone Road, Rotherham.
If you want to book your place or any further information, please call us on 01709 377750.
Please share with anyone you know who maybe interested in joining these sessions.

New Course Starting this October – Art Project

Come and Join our new Arts Project. Over the next few months we will be looking at creating collages of our lives. We will use art to recreate the journeys we have taken during our childhood to the current day.

This may looking at our past lives in Pakistan, moving to Rotherham and what is important in our lives today.

We will be using different art techniques to capture this journey and creating collages during variety of materials such as fabrics, paints, photographs.

We will run the sessions on Monday with Sat Nadar strating at 1 until 2:30pm.

They will follow our Yoga session, which will be starting at our new time 12 – 1pm

If you are interested in joining these classes, please contact Tassibee on 01709 377750

Tassibee Litter Pick

13 volunteers set off for Albion Road on the hunt for litter last week.

They weren’t disappointed and soon found what they were looking for.  Strewn on the pathway outside the houses was discarded fruit, Yasmeen attempted to get some of the householders out of their homes to help with the clean up but they weren’t keen.  Hopefully the volunteers clearing the area will encourage them not to discard their litter outside  of their gates.


A total of 12 bags of little was collected, not bad for a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning during the school holidays.

Thanks to our younger volunteers, its lovely to see them getting involved, Saffa, Shafiyah and Rhianna were rewarded back at Tassibee.

They had a lovely time and Shafiyah said it is very important not to leave litter, especially plastic, it is causing so much damage to the environment.  She would like to see everyone clear up after themselves.


Huge thank you to Yasmeen and Sat Nadar for organising the litter pick and also to RotherFed who provided funding back in April to purchase the equipment needed.

Litter pick took place on 7th August 2019. This is the second Litter pick Tassibee has organised this year. If you would like to be involved in the next one, please contact us.

Men’s IT Cafe

Great News Tassibee has been succesful in obtaining funding from RMBC, NHS England and Rotherham CCG to run a Men’s Health Project.

We will be running a Men’s IT Café for 5 sessions starting Wednesday 10th April 1-3pm at Tassibee Centre.

The IT Café will be open to men on:

  • Wednesday 10th April at 1-3 pm
  • Wednesday 24th April at 1-3 pm
  • Wednesday 1st May at 1-3 pm
  • Wednesday 8th May at 9.30 – 11. 30 am
  • Wednesday 15th May at 9.30 am – 11.30 am

This will a relaxed session, where you can come along and get tailored support on using laptop, tablets and mobiles. We will have laptops and tablets available for you to try out.  It is also an opportunity to improve your wellbeing.

You may be a complete beginner or just want to try our new things.

We will be repeating the sessions after Ramadam, dates to follow.

Tassibee AGM

Tassibee will be holding their Annual AGM on Friday 9th November.

Please come along and show your support.

The Annual Report will be available on our website after the AGM. It provides a summary of what we achieved over 2017 – 2018.