Rush House is a charitable organisation providing a range of accommodation and support services including advice and independent living skills training to young people aged 16-25 in the Rotherham area.
Young people accessing Rush House services are homeless or inappropriately housed and are seeking accommodation with support. Rush provides support services and fully furnished accommodation in four separate but integrated schemes through a single point of referral, each offering different levels of independence.
Rush House is now the service provider for Talent Match in Rotherham. Talent Match is a free local service, aimed at supporting young people who have been out of Education, Employment or Training for 12 months or more. Check out our Talent Match section for more information.
Activities are also part of life at Rush House and throughout the year are a number of events aimed at healthier lifestyles, community integration & motivation are available to all who access our services.
Rush House is committed to delivery of excellence in the services we provide to those most vulnerable & excluded in our society. We do this through encouraging individuals to meet their potential & become contributing members of their communities & broader society.
Equality: Rush House recognises the benefits of a diverse society, we challenge discrimination & inequality in all our activities.
Excellence: Rush House strives for excellence & is committed to the principle of continuous improvement.
Responsibility: Rush House promotes social & environmental responsibility to all our service users, staff & stakeholders.
Integrity: Rush House operates in an honest & transparent manner. We have a high standard of ethics & work to benefit the communities we serve & wider society.
Passion: Rush House is passionate about the services we deliver & our contribution to realising the potential of individuals & enabling participation in society.
A Brief History of Rush House
In 1980 a group of interested agencies and individuals set up a steering group to explore the feasibility of setting up provision for the increasing number of homeless young people in Rotherham. There was representation from Council of Voluntary Service (CVS), the forerunner of Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR), the Samaritans, the RMBC Youth and Community Service and individual borough and parish councillors.
A trial project was launched in 1982, managed by CVS who employed the one full time member of staff, who was assisted by 2 volunteers from the Cyrenians. This was a national charity that provided volunteers to work in similar projects. A house was provided by RMBC on Clifton Lane. The house had 3 bedrooms and was scantily furnished as funding was extremely limited. The project was managed by a Management Committee from the original steering group. The name of Rush was created from an acronym of Rotherham Unit for Single Homeless.
The need for provision for homeless young people was clearly established and after much negotiating the property at 18-19 Lindum Terrace was provided by RMBC in 1985 in partnership with South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) and funding was obtained for two full time and some part time staff to manage the project. Provision was only for Direct Access and Bed sit accommodation. Later the need was identified for follow on accommodation and the Supported Housing arm of the project was developed with more staff being employed. The Tenancy Support Scheme tender was won in 2013 after running the scheme as a pilot for 2 years, funding has been secured and the Tenancy Support service has now become and integral service for Rush House.
Now in the present day Rush House operates an Emergency Homeless Provision, this being a true direct access service, supported bedsit accommodation, a shared housing scheme with dispersed properties across the Rotherham Borough, and a Tenancy Support service.