Posted on 15th September 2014
A charity which aims to reduce crime and disorder through partnerships with the police, councils, faith groups and voluntary organisations is set to officially launch in Chesterfield this week.
Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) is a national initiative which was first founded in 2004 and has more than 60 projects throughout the UK.
The idea to have a ROC Centre in Chesterfield was brought about by the introduction of Street Pastor’s to the town in 2010, and planning for ROC Chesterfield began in autumn 2013.
Street Pastors are volunteers from local churches who go out on the streets between 10pm and 4am on a Saturday night and work the town centre with Derbyshire police, the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership and CCTV operators to help people stay safe.
A ROC Café is now up and running at Grace Chapel in Chesterfield every Friday and opens its doors to about 30 young people who come to the centre for snooker, drinks, games and chat and other activities such as singing lessons.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team often drop into the café to chat to youngsters.
The launch event will take place at 7pm on Saturday, September 20 at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, and will include Debra Green, the founder and director of ROC and singer Andy Flannagan.
There will be video presentations about the project, a chance to talk to Debra and the team and information on how to get involved.
Police Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “We’re pleased to support the launch of the ROC project which shows that through successful partnership working we can bring young people together and offer them a safe alternative to gathering on the streets.
“This can help us to reduce anti-social behaviour and offer a local service, open to all young people, which is beneficial not only to the wider community but also for youngsters in the area.”
For more information about ROC Chesterfield and the event email firstname.lastname@example.org