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Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) is a UK-based charity, founded by author and popular speaker,
Debra Green OBE in 2004.
ROC’s main aim is to improve community cohesion and see a reduction crime and disorder. They intend to achieve
this through facilitating partnership working between; community groups, churches, police, fire service,
local authorities and voluntary agencies.
They currently run over 30 projects throughout the UK targeting a variety of social needs, reaching
over 1500 people every week.
The Redeeming Our Communities initiative was launched in 2004 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, where thousands
of people across the North West including Civic Leaders gathered together to thank the police and pledge to see
violent crime reduced in the region over the next 12 months. A year later that pledge was met when the Metro
Newspaper reported that violent crime in the region had fallen by 11%, bucking the national trend.
In 2006 ROC became a national organisation, holding an event in the NEC Arena in Birmingham. The event was
attending by 7,000 people, and as a result many individuals across the UK signed up to become ROC Ambassadors,
spreading the vision of ROC across the UK. After the National Launch, ROC began to host conferences to train and
equip people in how to set up projects using the ROC model.
Since the National Launch, ROC has moved into eight different regions across the UK, including the recent Belfast
Launch event in 2012. During this time ROC have hosted several high profile Launch Events; including the 2009
Liverpool Launch which attracted over 5,000 people and the 2010 Birmingham Launch which saw 2,000 people
attend.These high profile events are held in partnership with local Police forces in the hopes of building links and
creating local ROC Projects.
In recognition of her work ROC founder Debra Green was awarded an OBE in June 2012.
There are currently over 30 projects under the ROC banner. These projects are multi-agency and will usually involve
partnership working between the Church, the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, as well as various other statutory
agencies and organisations.
Projects include ROC Cafés which provide diversionary activities for young people; ROC Centres offering a community
hub for a variety of projects;and ROC Care which focuses on the elderly and isolated. Other initiatives also include
Mentoring Schemes, Sports Projects; support for families and a Mobile Community Bus scheme.
ROC claim to have seen reductions in crime as a result of their projects; including significant reductions in anti-social
In 2008 Debra Green wrote a book, containing the stories of many of the projects: “Redeeming Our Communities:
21st Century Miracles of Social Transformation”.
In 2012 ROC announced they were starting a Restorative Justice scheme called ROC Restore, with the first projects
beginning in 2013.
Churches partnering with ROC to bring hope and transformation to your community
Since 2013 St Mary Magdalene's Church has been a ROC Partner Church, enbaling us to set up our ROC Cafe with the help of City West Housing Trust, Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
ROC Cafe Winton was officially re-launched in September 2015 in conjunction with The Lighthouse Church, Salford. They meet in The Magdalene Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 8:30pm.
We look forward to meeting you :)
Children from 11-16 years old can meet in a safe, warm environment.
The Magdalene Centre, Catherine Street, Winton, M30 8JD.
We have pool table, basketball, football, volunteer lead team games, food and drinks available.