Six weeks on since our launch on the 27th Jan and numbers continue be strong at our ROC Café Plus project at the FUSE. A diverse and dedicated team of over 20 adults, made up of mainly local volunteers, ROC Staff and professional sessional workers are serving the young people of Partington each week. In total, over the last 6 weeks we have had 559 separate visits from young people; with an average turnout of 93, every Tuesday evening. The scale of the FUSE building requires a large team to make full use of it, and we are always on the lookout for people passionate about young people to join our team (Interested? Contact [email protected]).

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Beyond the numbers, the activities being offered to each young person are really quite substantial.  From the more general stuff that you would expect at any youth club, to a wide range of sports (ROC Sport), plus dance & drama workshops in our theatre (ROC Arts); arts and craft delivered by the ‘See it, Say it, Do it’ team; as well as our very own ROC Café radio workshop (ROC Digital) stream. We also have plans for a ‘Bush craft’ workshop (ROC Adventure), delivered by Grip Adventure. There are currently exciting discussions happening at the moment about delivering a separate drop in, specifically to support young people not in education or employment (‘ROC on’ into employment). I could go on, because the possibilities are endless!

Ultimately, we want the ROC Café Plus project to be safe place for young people, where they can try their hand at a range of activities, OR just be a place where they can chill! We want to create a space where young people can just BE, where they are listened too, a place where they know they are valued. We are constantly learning and adapting to the challenges of having so many excitable young people in such a large building each week; we could not do it without the support of our partners: People’s Church, St Mary’s, the Eden Team, GMP, GMFRS, Your Housing  Group and Trafford Council…to name a few.