MP has faith in faith group “redeeming” Stanford and Corringham

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, recently launched a Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) Cafe at the Hassenbrook Youth Centre.

ROC Café is a multi-agency supported youth drop in project which provides healthy diversionary activities for young people. It also provides a great opportunity for partnership work between local churches, Police Service, Fire and Rescue, local authority and other community-based organisations to provide a youth focused project that can have a significant impact on a community.

Run by volunteers, a range of activities are available for young people including pool, table tennis, dance, drama, cleanup projects, classes, guitar tuition, and a variety of workshops teaching about a variety of social issues.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “This is a fantastic initiative that will make a real difference to young people in the community. The ROC Cafe provides a safe, constructive, and above all fun space for young people to enjoy and in which they can develop new skills.”

The multi agency approach means that ROC Cafe’s are uniquely placed to attract funding and also with input from the Police Service, are well equipped to deal with any challenging behaviour.

Mr Metcalfe added: “It is always brilliant to see local services collaborating to bring about real change. The partnership approach means that ROC Cafe is sustainable and in a great position to drive down anti-social behaviour and bring new life to youth services in the local area.”

He finished: “I would like to thank all those who have come together to make the ROC Cafe possible, and all those who give up their free time to run the Cafe on a weekly basis. I very much look forward to supporting the project in the future.”

ROC Cafe’s form part of the work of the charity ROC who bring together community groups to open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion.

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