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Accomodating Difference

Community group receives funding to help Slovak Roma tenants in Sheffield

Firvale Community Hub has received funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation to develop a project that will support Slovak Roma families to navigate the often-complicated private rental market.

Accommodating Difference is an initiative that will see information workers providing useful resources to new tenants, and working directly with Slovak Roma families to explain tenancy agreements. Firvale Community Hub is also appointing a dedicated housing mediator who will respond to referrals and will aim to resolve conflicts between tenants and landlords and tenants and neighbours.

The TDS Charitable Foundation was set up by TDS, the UK’s leading tenancy deposit protection scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector. To date, the Foundation has provided over £400k in funding support for organisations across England and Wales.

The community organisation aims to improve social equalities and inclusion for communities experiencing disenfranchisement and marginalisation in Sheffield.

Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC and Chairman of the TDS Charitable Foundation, said: “The Accommodating Difference project shares our commitment to raising the standards of the private rented property sector. We’re proud to support the Firvale Community Hub’s work with Slovak Roma families to overcome barriers faced when setting up home within a new community.

"The TDS Charitable Foundation goes right to the heart of the private rented market, with grants aimed directly at benefitting tenants and landlords in communities across England and Wales".




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