Scheme to stop anti-social behaviour could be rolled out across Bolton
A SCHEME that has got young troublemakers off the streets and reduced anti-social behaviour could be rolled out across Bolton.
Police, religious groups, volunteers and representatives from the fire service and Bolton Council were among those who packed out a Redeeming Our Communities event.
The charity hosted the evening at The Victoria Halls in Knowsley Street on Wednesday.
It is hoping to build on the success of Breightmet's ROC cafe in Breightmet Community Church by launching more projects.
Breighmet ROC cafe launched more than a year ago and has seen anti-social behaviour fall by 75 per cent.
It has also saved the fire service huge amounts of money with 32 fewer nuisance fires.
Mandie (CORRECT) Munro, who helps to run the facility, said: "At the first ROC one of the gangs that came were drunk and stoned, they were abusive. We said we they couldn't come in.
“They came back and the same group of people have received trophies. Out of the two most abusive people one is now at college and wants to be a police officer and a young man said he wants to be a lawyer when he leaves school."
Insp Wayne Readfern, for Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said his "bugbear" is why badly children are rewarded and not the well-behaved young people. He said the projects are inclusive for all children.
Breightmet's centre now runs a cinema club, wrestling group, homework club and will soon have a laundrette for parents who can not afford to wash their children's school uniforms.
Projects held by ROC include a scheme for elderly people who might be lonely and ROC Restore, which sees offenders and victims come face-to-face to discuss crimes and issues.
People at the meeting discussed their ideas in small groups.
The charity will review the ideas and feedback to residents with a report. A future event will be held to decide how the community groups can move forward.
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