ROC Care

Over 800,000 people in England say they feel lonely all or most of the time; loneliness in old age is a significant determinant of mortality, morbidity and perception of poor quality of life. ROC Care provides a visitor and social activities which improves quality of life for those who might otherwise never leave their home. One woman aged 92, eyes lighting up, said to her visitor, “I don’t see anyone apart from you.”

ROC Care is often hosted by a local church and receives referrals from Age UK, social services, NHS, local GP’s, and charities such as for the blind and deaf. Referrals are often over the age of 70 that are observed to be lonely and isolated.

Behind the numbers, there are tens of thousands of distressing stories of increasing immobility, bereavement, cognitive decline, distant families and broken relationships, collectively adding up to a social epidemic we cannot ignore.
ROC Care can include a whole range of ideas including; meals, giving lifts, visiting, social events, shopping, trips out, or something as simple as a phone call once per week.

Click here to download the Introduction to ROC Care.
Please contact us if you would like to develop a ROC Care project in your area.
Our consultation events have demonstrated the benefits of inter-generational work and we have been able to link the ROC Care concept with the ROC Cafe youth centres. Young people have benefitted from meeting some older members who have contributed to the learning curriculum by offering help with a variety of activities from cookery classes, bike maintenance, homework, board games, crafts, knitting, reading.

Latest News about ROC Care


The ROC team were busy last week hosting three conversation events in three locations around Stockport. The main focus for the events was the establishment of ROC Care schemes across the region. Our vision is to see three new elderly befriending scheme
The ROC Care befriending scheme aimed at those who are older in life, is expanding into three areas of Stockport.
The new project entitled ‘ROC On Saturday’ based at the United Reformed Church in the village of Lindfield near Haywards Heath, provides opportunity for folk to drop-by, make new friends and enjoy a cuppa and some very nice cakes!
It was really tough! The prevailing wind which usually goes from west to east was not prevailing and they were battling against the wind and the rain for most of the journey; however they made it and it was certainly an adventure.

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