Debra Green 17/03/2014



Dear Friends,

You haven’t heard from us in quite a while but there has been a lot of activity in ROC NI. It’s been almost two years since the launch event in May 2012 at the Waterfront Arena. We thought it was time for an update!

In January 2013 we took the step to employ a part-time coordinator for ROC NI and Mitch (Keith Mitchell) took up the challenge. Mitch has worked steadily building up links and encouraging local groups to consider setting up ROC projects. We are grateful to all Mitch has achieved. in January the baton has been passed on to Jonny Campbell (who was already working alongside Mitch) and Jonny is currently working three days a week to develop ROC NI. Here is a brief overview of the projects we have running and those in the pipeline;

-Ballymacarrett, East Belfast: Junior ROC Cafe on a Thursday evening.

-Megain Memorial, East Belfast : run a ROC Homework Club / ROC after school doing mentoring, football & music on a Tuesday afternoon from 3pm-5pm.

-Crumlin Road, North Belfast : run a Junior ROC Cafe on a Monday evening with 40 kids and over 50 now on register. We are very grateful for the support of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service for all their support with this project.

-Millbrook, Larne: Running an after school club and Junior & Senior ROC Cafe, with a great team & lots of young people attending.

ROC Conversation (community consultation) 

A number of ROC Conversations have taken place in – Monkstown, Ballymena, Larne, Crumlin Road, and Ballymacarrett. These have been well attended by the whole community, local churches, and public services.

in the planning stages –

-Drumcree Parish, Portadown : ROC Conversation planned for in Faith Mission, Portadown with a number of interested churches & agencies.

-Clarawood Estate, East Belfast
-Clonduff Estate, East Belfast

Other discussions include –

-Community Church, Bangor Meeting on Wed 12th March to discuss ROC conversation & projects in Bangor

-Carnmoney, North Belfast  Meeting regarding ROC conversation & projects in North Belfast
-St Columba’s Presbyterian to discuss potential ROC project in Lisburn

For more information on these events, please contact – Jonny Campbell

ROC Projects and Partnerships
We are actively looking for churches to partner with us and set up local projects that make a BIG difference. Take a few minutes to find out about these projects and be inspired to bring transformation to your community:

  • ROC Café – multi-agency led youth club
  • ROC Restore – bringing together victims and perpetrators of low level crime using restorative approaches with the help of members of the local community
  • ROC Care – visiting & befriending scheme which improves quality of life for those who might otherwise never leave their home.
  • ROC Centre – multi-agency led community centre which provides activities and a safe meeting place for people of all ages in a community.

Please get in touch,

Debra Green OBE

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