Redeeming Our Communities (ROC)
As a job, Craig Virco works as a police officer for the British Transport Police and leads the Christian Police Association for the force. In his own time however, he volunteers with ROC as an ROC Ambassador. He would like to bring together people for an ROC Conversation to encourage networking and joint working between Christian groups, churches, secular groups and the public services to bring about change in Leeds.
If you are interested, or would like to know more, you can get in touch with Craig at:
The following is an extract from the Redeeming Our Communities website, which can be found here.
Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) is a National Charity founded in 2004 with outlets and partnerships across the UK. The aim of Redeeming our Communities is to be a catalyst for community transformation by promoting partnerships which open up more opportunities for crime and disorder reduction, and enhanced community cohesion.
We bring together community groups, churches, the police, the fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies to encourage them to work together in positive partnerships for practical change. As a result, statutory agencies have improved access to the support of community/church groups, and thousands of volunteers are enabled to better serve the needs of their community. This idea is proving to be even more valuable in the light of the current economic climate and the Big Society.
This approach has seen crime fall and fresh hope brought to some of the bleakest parts of the UK. Statutory authorities and agencies working in the local community are tapping into the support, expertise and resources we provide, and community groups are adopting proven social transformation strategies from across the country.
- A catalyst for community transformation.
- A broker of strategic partnerships.
- An initiator of creative new projects.
- A resourcer of local activists.
- Nationally recognised by statutory agencies.
- Credible, trusted and valued.
- Bridging the communication gap between different sectors.
- Known for its strong reputation and proven track record.
Our national meetings, attracting up to 7000 people, have inspired and equipped people from across the UK to work in partnership with the police towards community transformation. Local expressions of ROC exist across the UK and dedicated work is being targeted in 10 major UK cities.
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