We can redeem ourselves in Kirkintilloch and Lenzie

Heath Avenue, Lenzie 31.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Heath Avenue, Lenzie 31.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

EFFORTS to boost community spirit, cut crime and bring improvements are underway.

Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) Lenzie and Kirkintilloch is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Debra Green founded national charity ROC in 2004 – aiming to bring together community groups, churches, police, fire, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

The aim is to inspire them to work together towards community improvements.

Debra was invited to speak at the Flourish Women’s Conference at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church last year.

Her moving talk led to a local ROC planning team being formed, mainly by members of Kirkintilloch Baptist Church and Lenzie Union Parish Church, with involvement from Riverside Church.

Suze Bickerton, one of the leaders of ROC Lenzie and Kirkintilloch, said: “It’s early days yet, but this is the beginning of something big.

“In October last year we held conversations with councillors, members of Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, church representatives and voluntary groups where we discussed issues in our community.

“The meeting was very successful and a number of suggestions were discussed.

“These included there not being enough provision for young people and that elderly people might feel isolated. We hope to work towards helping groups like this.”

ROC’s first event in the area is a how to spot bogus callers presentation – ‘Who’s Ringing Your Bell?’.

It takes place in Lenzie Union Church tomorrow (Thursday) from 2pm-4pm. It’s free and includes afternoon tea.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “A greater sense of community spirit can go a long way towards crime and disorder reduction and enhanced community spirit and I applaud their efforts.”

The ROC team and supporters meet on the last Thursday of every month, 7.30pm until 9pm, usually in KBC Coffee Shop. All welcome.

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