What is a ROC Conversation?

A ROC Conversation is a structured community engagement event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in the community and explore practical ways of doing more.

People of Goodwill

A ROC Conversation is a four or five month project which includes a 2 hour structured community engagement event that invites members of the community to gather and discuss the specific needs of their community, and explore practical ways of meeting those needs.

 We invite:

  • Residents
  • School and Youth representatives
  • Volunteer groups
  • Police & Fire Services
  • Churches and Faith groups
  • Councillors and MPs

Working Together


We take time to raise awareness and applaud the many good things already happening in the community.


We discuss and collaborate on the current gaps and specific areas of need in the community from all perspectives.


We explore practical ways of meeting those needs by working together and pooling existing resources and skillsets to create realistic and sustainable outcomes.


Our dedicated HQ team organise the raw data into a concise summary and distribute the findings to everyone invited.


  • A new volunteer Action group is formed
  • New community projects are created
  • ROC HQ offers ongoing support and advice

Safer, Kinder Communities

ROC’s mission is to increase community resilience by inspiring and supporting groups to work together.

A ROC Conversation achieves this by:

  • Connecting local community members, volunteers & statutory agencies
  • Celebrating all the good things taking place in your community
  • Raising awareness of the current needs of your community
  • Exploring potential solutions and resources required to meet current needs
  • Creating a network of people passionate about improving your community
  • Identifying & utilising existing skillsets and resources in your community
  • Kick-starting new projects in your community

Get started

Interested in having a ROC Conversation?

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in having a ROC Conversation in your community. Email us for more information on how to get started.

‘I have worked with ROC as a partner in a number of GMP policing divisions, with a view to strengthening relationships and creating capacity in communities. ROC do not provide a “one size fits all” and more importantly have worked with us to deliver what is required for the local people. Examples of this include ROC Football and ROC Cafes, which have made a significant contribution to the place and brought people living in the relevant neighbourhood closer to each other.”
Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball Greater Manchester Police’

‘ROC is a fantastic organisation working at the heart of communities across the UK. With continued outreach in Northern Ireland, I’m delighted to see it flourish and grow bringing about greater community cohesion and transformation.’
Cllr Ben Mallon, Lisburn City and Castlereagh Council’




A ROC Conversation is a structured community engagement event that invites members of the community to gather and discuss the specific needs of their community, and explore practical ways of meeting those needs.

All members of the local community: school and youth representatives, church & faith groups, police and fire services, local Councillors, MP’s, local volunteer groups and anyone with a desire to positively impact the community they live in.

  • To connect and engage local community members, volunteers and statutory agencies
  • To celebrate all the good things taking place in the community
  • To raise awareness of the needs of the community
  • To explore possible solutions and resources required to meet current needs
  • To create a network of people passionate about improving the community they live in
  • To identify specific skillsets and resources already in the community
  • To facilitate and inspire the birth of new projects in the community

Before the Conversation we provide:

A single ROC contact to liaise with a local coordinating team to help plan & deliver the event.
We conduct area research to invite members from local agencies, police, voluntary sector, churches & key community members.
Email marketing, media releases, promotional materials & relevant social media advertising.
Full set up & administration of event registration.
Event name badges and table seating plans.
Briefings for Civic dignitaries and any other high profile guests involved in the event.
PowerPoint for the Coordinating team to assist them in promoting the event / recruitment.
Advance briefings appropriate to the event

During the Conversation

Pre-event team briefing
Assistance with sign in
Lead speaker / presenter & ROC event support team
Presentation and graphics
Technical Floor Manager responsible for live production of audio visual
Additional sound and visual equipment if needed
Live social media broadcasting (location allowing)
All paperwork, maps, badges, pens & conference materials needed
Event debrief

After the Conversation

Collate and review responses from the delegates
Provide contact info for all members interested in forming a follow up network / enabling team
Supply the enabling team with all the raw data from the evening
Ongoing consultation support for the enabling team as they meet and develop action plans

In addition to the above, we also produce and distribute (by email) a summary of the evening typically including:
– Forward by Debra Green OBE
– Information on the ROC Program & Projects
– Common themes from table feedback given on the night
– Quick win project ideas
– Contact information of local enabling team

The purpose of the ROC Conversation is always to work with the organisations already doing good work in their community. The model of the ROC Conversation is designed to highlight where there are still needs in the community so as not to duplicate existing work. We look to explore how existing organisations and community members can work together, possibly with additional guidance from ROC, to meet those needs.

ROC is a facilitator and proven catalyst for community transformation. We have developed specialist expertise relating to a vast array of community projects thanks to 12 years’ experience working in the field of asset based community development. This expertise spans project sustainability, compliance requirements, specialist project consulting, national networking & fundraising practices.

Working with ROC not only offers you an opportunity to tap into the knowledge and creativity of a nationwide network of volunteers, but our proven track record has also fostered a strong reputation with statutory agencies that can often open doors to funding opportunities and mutually beneficial partnerships.

ROC brings your community together in a unique way and makes use of the passion, energy and capacity of its members to give your community the best possible chance at becoming a safer, kinder place to live.

If you have any questions about a ROC Conversation or any of our other projects, please contact us