Happy New Year from all of us at ROC. We are so excited for a new year of opportunities to serve communities.
Last year gave us some remarkable highlights including:
- Opening 14 new projects
- Hosting 11 ROC Conversations (with 3 in Australia)
- ROC Restore attained the Training Provider National Quality Mark
- We celebrated 5 years in Northern Ireland
- Hosted a national conference & ‘We Stand Together’ in Cheshire
- Launched the new ‘GO Make A Difference’ competition
- Plus, Debra visited 10 Downing Street
So what does this New Year hold?
ROC is passionate about working with others to create safer, kinder communities.
Sadly, in 2017 there has been a significant increase in terrorist activities, hate crime and violence (London saw 80 deaths due to knife crime in 2017).
Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service, says isolated communities are a ‘breeding ground’ for terrorism. He said “the Police is the community and the community is the Police” and it therefore takes a whole community working together to combat terrorism.
We have found that the ROC Conversation model works really well to create a catalyst for good relationships, to open up opportunities to work together and therefore safeguard communities from harm.
In 2018, we are working with a whole variety of agencies to host ROC Conversation community events around the UK, as well as opening up the opportunity to communities in other nations. Plans are already in place in the UK for events in Nuneaton/Bedworth, Canterbury, Newham, Leicester, Aylesbury, Taunton, Tavistock, Blaenavon, Leeds, Portadown, Wilmslow and Donaghcloney.
These strategic community engagement events will be our key focus for 2018. Each one brings with it the opportunity to start new pieces of work which address community issues such as elderly isolation, family breakdown and youth anti-social behaviour. So, we are anticipating the start of many new projects in 2018 and will be training up hundreds of volunteers and equipping our partners to deliver effective social change.
Thank you for your support.