14 April 2016
4th March 2016
Oldham’s Respect our Community Awards (ROCA) funded 25 Oldham based community projects at its second Rapid ROCA events held on the 23 and 24 February 2016.
Fifty six groups applied to the fund in all and a total of £9,791 was committed to projects and new ideas, with all the money staying in the Oldham borough. Applicants attended a drop in session at First Choice Homes Oldham office, when they were supported to complete and submit a short application form. The judging panel, Jodie Barber, Oldham Council; Issie Howard, Housing and Care 21; Jane Glaysher-White, Voluntary Action Oldham; Tony Farrell Greater Manchester Police; and Sue Wright, FCHO, all members of ROCA, made their decision on 24 February and the successful applicants were informed on Friday 26 February.
Jodie Barber, Senior Youth Work Manager at Oldham Council and ROCA Chair said: “It was heart-warming to see so many applications at this year’s events, and really interesting to see the wide variety of projects from community groups and volunteers who give so much of their time to others and who are working hard to make a positive contribution across the communities of Oldham.
“We were delighted to be able to give 25 worthy local projects a cash boost thanks to Rapid ROCA. We know that these small grants will make a massive difference to the communities and people who will benefit from the activities. In April we are holding a networking event for all the successful applicants to get together, and we hope they will be able to share ideas and resources so they can all flourish for the benefit of the town.”