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working together towards safer, kinder communities

2013 HIGHLIGHTS 2013 was our busiest and most fruitful year yet, as you will discover as you read through the many good news stories in this brief overview. New projects are emerging all over the UK and thousands more people are enjoying safer, kinder communities as a result. With your support we can continue to expand and foster still more dynamic and fruitful partnerships that have such a positive impact on so many lives. Please consider supporting us financially - as the opportunities grow, so does our budget! Debra Green OBE

 January

The year started well with a staff recruitment drive following the success we had with two grant-making Trusts. We appointed Lawrence Bettany and Rebecca Green as National Development Managers, which has significantly helped to increase both the number and scope of our projects. ROC Café youth projects continue to replicate around the UK and thousands of young people benefit from these every week. We’ve also expanded the type of work we do by introducing some new projects such as ROC Restore, a restorative justice approach which aims to bring together victims and perpetrators of low-level crime, anti-social behaviour and nuisance in a meeting where trained volunteers use restorative or reparative approaches to agree on a course of action for those involved.

‘At a recent ROC Restore meeting two neighbours were reunited after fifteen years of hostility.’ - Rebecca Green

 February

We visited Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of our planning towards launching ROC in Scotland. We started to plan the ROC Community Showcase in Glasgow which included the aim to plant 20 ROC projects in the next two years.

The ROC model is now active in England, Wales Northern Ireland and Scotland with over 50 community projects, which offer solutions to a variety of social issues.

Inspiration gives birth to new ideas, new visions and new opportunities

-Ian Wills

Senior Pastor, Parkhead, Glasgow

“I am delighted that Police Scotland is associated with Redeeming Our Communities. The organisation has a

great track record of bringing churches, communities

and organisations like the police together to keep people safe and help find solutions all across the UK. Redeeming Our Communities’ message is a simple one: together we are stronger.”


Chief Constable, Police Scotland

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 March This month saw the start of our partnership with Essex including a trip to Chelmsford to see the Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston. Debra also spoke at a conference which led to ROC being launched in the county. A ROC Conversation was held in November which was attended by over one hundred people from lots of agencies and plans are underway for a ROC Centre community hub. We also heard that the ROC Café in Stanford-le-Hope has grown so much that they have had to find a new building. Over the year Debra has met with fifteen Police and Crime Commissioners and this has opened significant doors for ROC to increase our work.

‘The ROC Café is the living room I don’t have at home’ -Daniel,12

 April Debra was speaking at Spring Harvest, Minehead and ROC were exhibiting at the event. We had the opportunity to speak to thousands of people about our work. We also held a ROC Conversation community consultation event in Eastbourne, which celebrated the success of the first ROC Advice Centre which had seen three hundred people through the doors in the first few weeks. The idea of opening a ROC Café youth club in a former Tesco store was also suggested and has since gained momentum.

I have come so far in life! A year and a half ago I would be on the streets getting in trouble and getting drunk, but now I am a member of the ROC team and I am so happy to be volunteering here. - Joshua, ROC Cafe

 May Debra went to Belfast to visit some of the ROC projects which have been started since our launch in 2012. As part of the trip she met with the Junior Minister, Jonathan Bell, who was very interested in our work. As things have developed in Northern Ireland we have also received tremendous support from the Fire and Rescue Service and Chief Constable Matt Baggott (PSNI) who has been part of our National Steering Group since 2006. The public services are an integral part of what we do and often our first port of call as we establish community projects.

 June

ROC continues to thrive in Sussex with numerous ROC projects. In June we went to visit the ROC Bus in Littlehampton. The bus visits various locations around the town providing a much appreciated drop-in centre to the elderly who have a place to meet. As loneliness and isolation is a huge problem for people who are older in life, this is a much needed life line. The community bus idea is now being picked up by other locations including Worthing.

When my husband and I retired to Littlehampton we were looking forward to a great future but my husband died a

few months after moving and I found myself alone. I look

forward to the Bus coming every week to my street and I have made new friends.


ROC Bus Littlehampton


 July

The annual ROC Nottingham event was attended by over two hundred people from public services, faith groups and community based organisations. Conversations took place which have since led to the start of ROC projects in the city. A ROC Conversation also took place in St Ives as part of our roll out across Devon and Cornwall.

ROC has brought us into a place where we have had a brilliant opportunity to work alongside

other agencies and has given us a greater influence

in the community. We also have the ability to measure results more effectively and have access to

information and resources we wouldn’t have had without ROC.

 August

-Sian and Paul Hobson

Breightmet ROC Centre has over four hundred regular visitors each week. The local community has enjoyed a 75% reduction in anti-social behaviour and a £300,000 cost saving from 32 fewer nuisance fires. (Statistics from Greater Manchester Police & Bolton Fire & Rescue Service)

 September

This was a busy season with thirteen events planned over the early-autumn season, including a well attended ROC Conversation in Blackpool. This event kick-started the first stage of launching ROC projects into Lancashire. Twenty-one people from Blackpool subsequently visited our ROC Centre in Breightmet in Bolton - a project which deserves special recognition and has certainly been a highlight in 2013!

ROC Café, Torbay

Debra met Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner of Greater Manchester, who has pledged his support of our work. ROC has grown in Greater Manchester since we started our first project in 2010. With over twenty projects and five more in the pipeline we are seeing dramatic results in terms of crime reduction and improved community well-being. One police Chief Inspector told us that anti-social behaviour had reduced by 90% since the ROC Café opened in his area.

Before I attended the ROC Café I could not read or write. After joining the ROC Homework Club I have improved by two whole school years.


ROC Conversation, Blackpool

Debra with PCC Tony Lloyd


 October

‘I found out the harm I had been causing by setting fires and will never do it again’ -John, 13

ROC has been developing links in Leicester with three ROC Partner churches and five new ROC projects planned. A team has also formed in Chesterfield with a view to tackling “legal high” drugs - sadly a growing problem affecting many young people’s lives.

 November

The month started with Debra speaking at two churches in Glasgow; Queen’s Park Baptist and Destiny. The ROC Showcase planned for 2014 started to gain more momentum in the city. Our first ROC Cafe youth project opened in Beeston, Nottingham with special guests including Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Nicky Weston the High Sheriff, Bishop Tony Porter and Chief Constable Chris Eyre. Finally there was a ROC Conversation in Chelmsford where we heard about the success of the project in Stanford-le-Hope.

In June this year we launched the ROC Café and within seven weeks we had outgrown the building we started in. The council offered the council youth centre so in September we moved in and started with 50 kids on a Thursday and 50 kids on a Friday. -Rob Groves Stanford-le-Hope

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 December A recent visit to Cheshire East County council has led to ROC developing links in Wilmslow. Someone asked if ROC was just for “deprived areas”. The answer is that we do prioritise the more challenging locations but every community has social needs. Wilmslow is an example of a more affluent area which still needs support. Another example is our ROC Café in Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury where two hundred young people regularly attend an after-school club. This has provided inspiration to other locations considering school-based ROC projects.

The Head Teacher said ‘the ROC Café is great. It ticks five of my Ofsted boxes!’ - Emma Gaze 2013 has been a year where many new ideas have given inspiration to projects which all use the “ROC Banner”. This includes: ROC Football, ROC Rugby, ROC Wrestling, ROC Homework Club, ROC Laundrette, ROC Music, ROC Mentoring, ROC Dodgeball, ROC Family Mentoring.

These activities all provide useful and interesting ways to engage young people and families and improve community life.

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ROC Highlights 2013  

2013 was our busiest and most fruitful year yet, as you will discover as you read through the many good news stories in this brief overview.

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