Project information

ROC Cafe Plus Partington

A ROC Café is unique in its delivery of youthwork. It involves multi-agencies in a collaborative, creative approach that engages young people in life changing positive activities using a sustainable, low-cost model.

October 2015 - October 2016

Charity information: Redeeming Our Communities

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  • Need


    A reduction in anti-social behaviour (ASB) among young people and an improvement in their life chances. Our research has shown that Partington suffers disproportionately in these areas. Young people are not engaging with their communities due in part to negative attitudes inherited from peers. In Partington a number of specific problems have shaped this: a lack of community identity; high unemployment and the associated benefit culture and an antipathy towards authority figures.


    ROC Café is designed as a safe place where positive activities and role models help young people (aged 11-16 years) discover purpose and value in their lives. The initial aim of the project is to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour among young people through the provision of diversionary activities. The longer term aim is to help them develop into active citizens who take responsibility for themselves, their families and communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents involving young people.


    » Provide supervised activities including ROC Football, ROC Creative (drama, dance, cookery), workshops on bullying, substance abuse and healthy eating.

    What success will look like

    Anti-social behaviour will be reduced by at least 20% against the base figure (figure at start of project) by the end of the project.

    Aim 2

    Increase the numbers of young people taking part in practical community improvement activities.


    » Provide structured, supervised opportunities to take part in street clean up schemes, community gardening etc.

    What success will look like

    100 young people will take part in community schemes and be given a certificate upon successful completion.

    Aim 3

    Young people will learn new skills and grow in confidence and self esteem


    » Provide young people with responsibility for selected activities in the ROC Cafe e.g. lead a creative session or oversee refreshments etc.

    What success will look like

    75% of all young people attending the project at the end of the first year - approximately 100 young people - will report learning a new skill and developing greater confidence.

    Aim 4

    Young people and authority figures attending the project will report increased mutual respect


    » Police and Fire & Rescue officers are key volunteers - their enthusiastic involvement gradually breaks down barriers and builds trust

    What success will look like

    Good relationships built on respect and trust between young people and adult volunteers. Measured by two way feedback surveys - minimum of 60% attending will report an improvement.

  • Impact


    A long term reduction in anti-social behaviour in Partington as measured by statistics. A long term improvement in personal prospects for each young person attending the ROC Café project.

    We will review overall success by using the above targets for each of the main aims (outcomes) as well as feedback surveys from the young people themselves.


    It is possible that we will fail to attract the numbers of young people we are aiming for in the first year. To counteract this we will work closely with the local schools, community groups, police, local councillors and churches to communicate and promote the project as well as providing information to local newspapers and delivering flyers door to door. We will deploy staff and volunteers as detached teams to talk to children and young people on the streets.


    We will email quarterly updates to donors with details of progress to the project targets. A comprehensive report will be prepared at the end of 12 months detailing the results achieved plus the learning identified and how we will use this to improve in future.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £21,000 Salary Project Co-ordinator full time
      £6,800 Staff on-costs & publicity NI, pension, recruitment, training and supervision
      £9,300 Sessional staff & insurance Sessional staff costs & Pulic liability
      £7,900 Hire & Equipment Hire of rooms/sports pitches, football kit
  • Background


    The government's Index of Multiple Deprivation shows Partington to be one of the most deprived areas in the country. A recent survey based on 466 responses from Partington residents stated that reducing anti-social behaviour was their second highest priority. Out of a total of 16 priorities for better facilities parents stated their two highest were an after-school club and a youth club with quality supervised activities for their children.


    At least 100 local children are expected to attend the ROC Cafe project on a regular basis during the first year. A further 50 are expected to become members of the associated ROC Football project. These numbers will grow over time. All young people will have opportunities to grow and mature as individuals. Their parents will benefit from knowing their children are accessing wholesome activities and the community as a whole will benefit from lower levels of anti-social behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ROC projects produce proven results because:

    There is a very high level of buy-in from the local community

    They meet locally identified needs

    They are based on true partnership working with multiple agencies that have access to greater resources

    They are cost effective - our volunteers are highly motivated, effective and well trained

    They are built with sustainability as part of their DNA

    ROC has 10 years' experience of delivering successful projects across the UK

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lawrence Bettany

    National Development Manager (ROC Cafe)

ROC Cafe

“Baking, craft, the harmful consequences of crime, anti-social behaviour, fires, health and safety, and volunteering responsibility”

Joe, 13, says he has learnt loads of new skills