Summit tackles poverty, crime and drugs

TACKLING poverty, crime and addiction to drugs and alcohol were all on the agenda during a special summit held in Hucknall.

The event, entitled Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) Nottingham, was staged at the police’s Arrow Centre base (formerly the International Clothing Centre) at the Annesley Road end of Hucknall bypass.

It was organised by the national ROC charity, the Bishop of Sherwood and Nottinghamshire police.

An audience of more than 140 turned out to hear charities and organisations talk about the ways in which their work tackles society’s problems.

It was a chance for councils, businesses, the emergency services and churches to meet, share ideas and discuss future projects.

Speakers included John Kirby, the founder of Christians Against Poverty (CAP). He launched the charity after the collapse of his own business almost left him destitute.

The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev Tony Porter, said: “It was fantastic to see so many different organisations coming together to try to make a difference.

“There are some inspirational people working across Nottinghamshire.”