Our Partner John Porter has stood down as chair of the Respect Our Community Awards (ROCA) panel, a group that awards money and support to grassroots community projects in Oldham that improve social cohesion and reduce anti social behaviour.
John has chaired the organisation since its inception in February 2008. His decision to stand down coincides with his departure from the First Choice Homes Oldham board later this year. FCHO is a not-for-profit housing association, managing approximately 12,000 homes in Oldham and the main funder of ROCA.
Of the move John said, “I have given a lot of my time and myself to ROCA. I feel the time is right for to take a break from the organisation and let it be refreshed with someone new at the helm.”
The new chair of ROCA is Jodie Barber. In John’s touching farewell card she wrote:
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I just want to say what an absolute pleasure it has been working with you on the ROCA panel. You have been an amazing Chair bringing humour to the role and making the meetings thoroughly enjoyable while ensuring we got through the business in a timely and effective way. You held the reins well while still ensuring everyone’s views and opinions were heard and your commitment to ROCA is inspirational. Thank you for leading us (not into temptation), your contribution has ensured that many community projects and activities have made a positive difference to Oldham.[/quote]
Other ROCA members contributed to the farewell message which also included a comprehensive list of the staggering amount of projects ROCA has funded under John’s leadership.
To learn more about the incredible work they do in the Oldham community, please visit the ROCA website.
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