Breakfast club to launch at Radcliffe's ROC Centre after funding boost

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A CHARITY will aim to provide services to Radcliffe residents of all ages after receiving a grant of nearly £22,000.

Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), a national charity which has a centre in Coronation Road, Radcliffe, will use the money to create a breakfast club for primary and high school pupils.

It will also open a new cafe for all ages called Roc ‘n’ Rolls Community Cafe as well as holding weekly IT classes and providing work experience opportunities for disabled people.

ROC, which was founded in 2004 and is based in Manchester, aims to improve community cohesion and reduce crime and social disorder.

The charity received the money from HealthSustain Community Interest Company (CIC), through the People’s Health Trust.

Lawrence Bettany, national development manager of ROC, said: “We feel this project will create an increased sense of togetherness in the community.

“We want to see the community have a place that they can call their own.

“The community is at the heart of everything we do and we’re really excited to see this pioneering project take shape.

“If this project is successful, it’s something we hope to replicate across the UK.”

It was one of two charities in the borough to receive funding after The Mosses Community Association was awarded £25,000 to hold bi-weekly activities for young people in East Bury.

John Hume, chief executive of People’s Health Trust, added: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

ROC is hoping to launch this new project and open the Roc ‘n’ Rolls Community Cafe by the end of February.

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