AN INNOVATIVE approach to help improve a community in
North Manchester is continuing with the opening of a café for young
Firefighters and community safety staff are part of a team that
has set up a weekly gathering for the youngsters of Monsall and
The weekly ROC Café is taking place at the TLM Centre on Jocelyn
Street and follows on from work Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service did in the communities during the summer and in the lead up
to Bonfire Night.
Firefighters from Blackley Green Watch were at the first of the
events and challenged local teenagers to games of pool - even
kindly providing the 20p game fee!
Crews from Blackley and Philips Park fire stations will be at
the sessions each week to join in with activities that are taking
place at the centre.
Rose McCarton, from the TLM centre, said: "It was great to see
how many kids turned up and the support from the fire service has
GMFRS Community Safety Manager Bob Barr said: "ROC cafes are
working well across the UK and have already made a significant and
positive impact on communities in Greater Manchester. This is a
great opportunity to develop the relationship between the fire and
rescue service and the communities we serve in Manchester."
The ROC Café program aims to provides activities for young
people in areas where there is not enough for them to do or
significant reports of anti-social behaviour.
The launch of the ROC Café follows a particularly challenging
bonfire period in the area.
It is hoped that the positive relationships formed between young
people and the crews and police supporting the program will help to
avoid problems in the future.
ROC - Redeeming Our Communities - is a national charity founded
in 2004 and has more than 30 projects throughout the UK.
To find out more about work that GMFRS' has done to help the
communities of Monsall and Collyhurst, please go to