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Action Group News - October Edition

It's that time of year again... Are you interested in running your own Winter Coat Project this October/November?

Last year, with your support, we collected and distributed over 3,000 coats, scarves, gloves and hats in 14 locations across Northern Ireland! Can we do it again this year?!

We're looking for churches, groups and schools to partner with us for the ROC Winter Coat Project 2023. For more info contact us at or 02890351020. To access our resource pack with all the details on this year's project, please click the link below!

Christmas is coming and there’s an incredible story to be told! we first launched the Follow the Star Nativity Trail in 2022 with five churches in Lower North Belfast joining together to tell the Christmas story. Churches of different denominations along York Road and Shore Road displayed pictures telling the different parts of the nativity. Very simply, a nativity trail tells the Christmas story in different sections using pictures and text from the bible. Churches, community centres, businesses and schools can get involved in this festive community initiative. Each venue will be allocated a different part of the story (stars, angels, donkeys, sheep, presents and stable). Pictures are decorated and then displayed, along with the Christmas story text and QR code, for passers-by to see.

Over the past year, we have piloted the Project Can Do! programme in Glengormley and North Belfast to help build stronger connections and showcase the valuable support services in these communities.

Following the success of these programmes, we're seeking opportunities to host Project Can Do! in other areas. So what is Project Can Do?

Project Can Do is a positive community initiative helping improve basic life skills, reduce isolation, improve health and wellbeing and build stronger community connections. It is a tailored programme typically lasting between four to six weeks in a community setting such as a church hall, school or community centre. The programme can focus on general community support or on a specific theme such as health and wellbeing; cost of living or age-related i.e. retirees or parents/families.

The weekly 1.5 hour sessions focus on a specific topic with local support services showcasing their services to participants. The sharing of information through these talks as well as group discussions and resources encourages peer support amongst participants. The programme ends with a ‘Community Fair’ style event with participants receiving self-care goody bags.

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Get in touch with us to find out how you can feature as our organisation highlight each month!


The last Thursday of each month is 'Coffee & Connect' at the ROCNI Office. It's time set aside specifically for Action Group members, leaders, friends and supporters of ROC to join the team for a cuppa and chat as well as meet others connected to ROCNI. Our next date is the 26th of October and we'd love to see you!

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