The work carried out by the ROC Café project has resulted in youth anti-social behaviour dropping by 90% in the Winton area of Salford – making a huge difference to the local community.
Run in partnership with ForHousing, the Mary Magdelene Church in Eccles, and national charity Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), the scheme provides a youth centre and supports young people to socialise safely and stay off the streets.
The project is open to 11 to 16 years olds every Friday evening at the Magdelene Centre in Winton, giving young people the chance to participate in activities including table tennis, pool and arts and crafts, in addition to community volunteering activities.
Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service also support the project and regularly drop in to talk to young people about the impact of ASB in their communities, while working to improve the relationship between youngsters and authority figures.
The ROC Café has had a positive impact on the lives of volunteers and young people involved.
Jordan, a young person who attends the ROC Café, says the project has helped her to build friendships and grow in confidence. She said: “When the project began everyone who attended would text each other in the same room rather than talk. After a few weeks this changed and we started to talk and make friends with each other.”
Jordan’s father Gordon, who also volunteers at the café, has noticed the impact on his daughter. He said: “Jordan has become a lot more outgoing since we started attending the café. I’ve also enjoyed seeing this change in her and also helping out, playing pool with the young people in our area and building relationships.”