The ROC of Rochdale

The Covid 19 pandemic has taught us just how important it is to connect with others. When people are not linked in with either family, friends, community, or wider Services – these people are much more likely to experience disadvantage.

In response to an ever-increasing detached world, the Sanctuary Trust are pleased to launch the new Reaching Out Centre (ROC) in the heart of Rochdale town centre.The ROC is a new community building that provides a safe space for local people to come together and form meaningful relationships.

The project gets its inspiration from penguins, these guys rest their heads against one another’s chests while being blitzed by snow and ice, taking drastic measures to survive an Arctic blizzard. Standing behind the adults, the small colony of emperor penguins are covered in ice as they attempt to seek shelter from the storm. The storms of life can come in many forms; homelessness, relationship breakdown, mental and physical health problems – no one is immune from the troubles of this world.
From the ROC the Sanctuary Trust hope to remind those in crisis that we don’t need to face these problems alone, there are people who are willing to stand alongside and share the burden.

Due to Covid Restrictions, the Big Project Launch was a rather low-key event.  Our very own Tony Lloyd MP and Councillor Linda Robinson did the honours and cut the ribbon to officially open the ROC, just in time for Lockdown restrictions to ease.

Tony Lloyd MP comments ‘

“I was really delighted to be at the opening of the new Sanctuary Trust venue on Drake Street. This is a great new facility which will have an enormous impact on the lives of people who have become homeless, and I hope people across Rochdale will want to support the Sanctuary Trust in the important and amazing work that they are doing across the area.”

Special thanks to Local businessman Richard Hagan (Owner of Rochdale’s awards winning Crystal Doors). Not only has Richard been instrumental in the Launch of the ROC he has also helped the Trust develop a new Website. Richard comments –

“Every time I visit The Sanctuary Trust, John Wigley enthuses about their incredible progress supporting homeless people from our surrounding area. My first encounter nearly three years ago immediately convinced me to support their organisation financially and personally. Since that day, my roles and commitment volunteered to The Sanctuary Trust has given me first-hand experience how much all their team are dedicated to help others. I am very proud to be part of the opening of the Reach out Centre, offering substantial facilities to deliver multi partnership.”

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