Helping you transform your community
ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) empowers local people of goodwill to work together for safer, stronger communities
Our dream is to transform the whole nation from the grassroots through our unique Asset-Based Community Development programme. We work with existing community groups, agencies, local activists and positively motivated residents, helping them discover each other and find new ways to collaborate by pooling resources for the common good.
People Of Goodwill
In every locality, the majority of people share an unspoken aspiration: to live in a safe, strong and kind community. Many groups are working hard to deliver projects that help to address specific needs such as providing positive activities for young people, befriending for lonely people, mentoring for families in distress, practical support with food, clothing and household tasks. The surprising fact is that, in many cases, there is a lack of awareness of the good work being done and little communication between everyone. This means that many projects are under-resourced and even competing with each other.
As a neutral facilitator, ROC’s role, when invited by a specific community, is to raise awareness of the existing groups and schemes within the area and help all involved to get to know each other and affirm the good work already underway. Also to share any existing practical needs that could be met by others who have surplus resources. Then to enable round-table discussion of where there may be gaps in provision and explore creative new ways of meeting those needs in new, volunteer-led projects.
The ROC Conversation
At the core of all our activity is a structured, year-long community engagement programme, the highlight of which is a dynamic, interactive event that overflows with energy and vision and provides a launch-pad for exciting new collaborative work. Click below for a sample of the event.
All our community projects have been developed and funded from the resulting ROC Conversation in the community that it has taken place in.
ROC Garden Project
ROC Gardens provides training and employment for unemployed young adults and looks after the gardens of hundreds of social housing residents.
A ROC Café is a safe, fun place for young people to come and build relationships and receive support from positive adult role models.
A community hub which houses a number of projects under one roof. The Centre is locally owned and locally managed.
ROC Community Mentoring is a scheme which trains and supports volunteers in the delivery of a community strengthening programme.
A form of Restorative Justice (RJ) undertaken by community members in facilitated meetings.
ROC Radio gives young people a voice in their community. It’s a unique collaboration between young people and communities.
News & Updates
On July 28th 2014 ROC moved our Head Quarters to The FUSE in Trafford.The FUSE is a state of the art £5million community and conference centre with a theatre, dance studio, recording studio, sports hall, art studio and offices. Plus outdoor facilities including a 3 G...
Since 2019, ROC Northern Ireland has supported over 500 families through the School Uniform Project. This summer, we are taking part in four School Uniform Projects across Greater Belfast in partnership with ROC Action Groups in Ballybeen, Ballysillan, Lower North...
Stuart and Stacey were struggling to come to terms with a serious assault by someone they knew and the impact it had on their lives. Meeting the offender to fully explain how they’d been affected helped them to move on.Gavin and Stuart met for the first time on a...