Sharon Kemp, RMBC Chief Executive drops in for lunch

Sharon Kemp, RMBC Chief Executive meets members of the Shiloh Board of Trustees

Sharon Kemp shakes hands with Sue Savage, Joint Founder of Shiloh, surrounded by Shiloh Trustees, Judy Dalton, Jonathan Lang, John McDonnell and Paul Clarkson


Shiloh was blessed by Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, dropping into for lunch.

And she left well fed and full of praise for our work in supporting disadvantaged adults, expressing her ‘delight ‘ to see ‘the important work they undertake to support local people to get back on their feet in times of crisis‘.

The Chief Executive was brought up to date about progress on our planned move to the site provided by RMBC at The Old Weighbridge, Station Road.

I was pleased to pay a visit to local charity, Shiloh, to find out more about their valuable work to help some of the most vulnerable people in Rotherham.

It is a support charity which helps adults rebuild their lives in the face of poverty, homelessness or a range of other challenging circumstances.

Anyone can find themselves in a really difficult situation that they may never have imagined getting into, and very often not of their own making. It’s at these times that people need compassion and caring, to give them a little help – and hope – to get themselves back on their feet. It was really inspiring to hear about their work, and to see the commitment and passion of the people who volunteer to help others in need.

They are always looking willing volunteers – whether it be kitchen staff, handy people, fund-raisers, administrators or counsellors. They say they can use anyone’s skills and are able to help people develop new skills and experiences to, so it can be of great benefit to all involved. 

Jonathan Lang, Shiloh Operations Manager, said “It is such an encouragement for all of us when key figures come and see face-to-face what we do and Sharon was most gracious and understanding.