On Wednesday 19th March the ROC Mentors launched in Westminster, hosted by Fiona Bruce MP. 50 guests attended including MP’s, Lords, Councillors, leaders of organisations and churches. Fiona spoke about her admiration for ROC from her early encounter with us over 10 years ago. She is currently serving as the MP for Congleton.
We are also grateful for the support of Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who has served as a politician since 1975 and has represented Worthing since 1997.
Other MP’s included Michael Tomlinson (Penzance) and Stephen Timms (East Ham).
We also had David Burrowes, Director of Strengthening families manifesto and Jennifer Brathwaite, Deputy leader of Lambeth Council and Cabinet member for children and young people.
Organisations included the Christian Police Association, Christian Nightlife initiative, Jubilee Plus, the Nazarene Theological College, Love Southampton, Leaders of the Ground Level & Alive church network.
The launch highlighted the aim of ROC to set up mentoring schemes across the UK to help address the urgent need faced by many UK families.
• Family breakdown – UK has the 4th highest rate in the western world
• Cost – £48 Billion to the UK economy
• Debt – 2m children live in families where debt is a serious problem
• Domestic abuse – 1 in 5 children exposed to domestic abuse
• School exclusion – 300,000 temporary & permanent exclusions per year – those permanently excluded are 4 more likely to go to prison as adults.
• Mental Health – 2015 CAMHS survey – family relationship problems is the single biggest presenting issue
We are looking forward to partnering with agencies and churches to establish more schemes across the UK.