How it started
ROC Northern Ireland is passionate about transforming communities in innovative and sustainable ways. We equip and support churches to work with others to reduce social needs within their communities.
ROC launched in Northern Ireland in May 2012. The launch event at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast was attended by over 2000 people, including many civic leaders. The launch sparked new ideas and ways of empowering local churches to work together with statutory agencies, including the police and fire service, to bring about community transformation.
Over the past seven years, churches of different denominations have partnered with ROC, setting up projects and getting involved in Action Groups in communities across Northern Ireland. There are currently nine ROC Action Groups in Northern Ireland as well as the ROC Café youth drop-in in Rathfern and the ROC Care Rathcoole befriending scheme. We are grateful to the many volunteers who give their time every week in our ROC Action Groups and projects. Find out more about their work in the Action Groups & Projects page of the website.
ROC’s mission is to ‘Empower people of goodwill for safer, stronger communities’. Our work is growing in Northern Ireland with three more ROC Conversations in planning for 2020. Be part of ROC’s work in Northern Ireland – get in touch with us about hosting a ROC Conversation in your community.
“The night was inspirational and was so impressed by the passion and commitment of those here”
Northern Ireland Regional Development Manager
Keeva’s journey with ROC goes back to our launch in 2012. At that time, Keeva was a church youth and family worker, and was invited to the event by the local Neighbourhood Police Team. Inspired by ROC’s ethos, Keeva was eager to get involved. In April 2015, Keeva became our Northern Ireland Regional Development Manager. She is passionate about empowering and equipping local churches to work in partnership with others in innovative and creative ways. With the rise in many complex social issues, the church has a valuable and unique opportunity to support our local communities in new and meaningful ways.
ROC Project Officer
Victoria joined the ROC Northern Ireland team in November 2019 as our newly created part-time Project Officer. Victoria’s role involves supporting our local Action Groups and their leaders as well as developing new projects. She is excited to begin her ROC journey, seeing community development in action and the power of people working together for the greater good of their