ROC Care is a new project aimed at helping the church to connect with lonely and isolated people in the community in partnership with other agencies. The co-ordinator is Carol Rose.
The latest update on this project was presented to the CTiP AGM in April 2017:
- RCP is a befriending project to reach out and connect with those people who are seen to be isolated and lonely.
- Convergence of three threads
- Local vision for “isolated and lonely” on our doorstep but hidden
- ROC Care model with Redeeming Our Communities
- Police frequent caller and neighbourhood Policing team input
- The motivation comes from the desire to care for our neighbour and will focus on responding locally (matching volunteer to person by geographical proximity – and other criteria)
- Volunteers will be recruited from Plymouth churches initially
- Unconditional acceptance, non-judgmental respect, befriending not proselytising
- Management group meeting regularly
- Startup Funding has been agreed – excellent news
- What Next?
- Quickstart with experienced volunteers (need a few more)
- Opportunities to promote scheme through CTiP and in churches
- Recruitment & training