Great Western Railway (GWR) has recently announced the award of a grant of £49,357 to the disability charity which operates the forthcoming annual ROC 5K fun run in Truro for which GWR is a major sponsor.

The grant, awarded by GWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), will fund two new job coaches who will work in Devon and Cornwall with the increasing number of local people with learning disabilities who want a paid job.

The grant will go to ROC Wellbeing, which is part of United Response, a national disability charity that works with people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

People next to GWR signFrom left to right: Lee Goodson (Station Manager West Cornwall),
Simon Buchanan-Morgan (CCIF Programme Manager), Ryan Huntley
(supported by United Response), Paul Deakin (United Response)
and Therese Timberlake (United Response).


This year’s ROC 5K (3 mile) charity fun run has a brand new route and will take place after work on Tuesday 27th June 2017. The annual event raises vital funds for ROC Welcome, the charity’s vibrant social opportunity which is based in Truro.

For information about the ROC 5K, go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

The GWR grant is a major part of the charity’s Work2Work project. Within 12 months the charity believes it should be possible for a significant number of people with learning disabilities to be engaged in work trials of their choice, with many progressing to paid employment.

GWR CCIF Programme Manager Simon Buchanan-Morgan said:

“Committed to the communities we serve, this grant will improve real employment opportunities for local people with learning disabilities by funding two skilled job coaches.

“This CCIF grant will enable ROC to develop real jobs and work experience for the people they support with a range of committed employers.”

Therese Timberlake, Area Manager for United Response, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled by the support of GWR. As a key business partner, GWR is right at the cutting edge of all we are seeking to achieve in terms of work place inclusion – finding work for the people we support which has meaning for them and their employer. This grant could not have come at a better time – many employers are increasingly concerned about how they will fill their vacancies for elementary jobs. Thanks to GWR, we believe we have an answer.’

GWR is not just supporting people into work but yet again is one of the major sponsors for this year’s ROC 5K (3 mile) charity fun run.  The ROC 5K has a brand new route this year and will take place after work on Tuesday 27th June 2017. The annual event raises vital funds for ROC Welcome, the charity’s vibrant social club which is based in Truro.

Lee Goodson, Station Manager West Cornwall, said: ‘The charity has a strong reputation for the quality and range of its activities which it operates in a way that is sustainable, ethical and brings in the community – breaking down barriers and improving natural support. A great example of this is The ROC 5K charity fun run in Truro with which we are delighted to be associated with. It’s probably the only event of its kind which intentionally encourages the participation of people with learning and other disabilities.”

While Truro’s Lemon Quay piazza remains the start and finish point, this year’s ROC 5K fun run has a brand new route which takes in the Newham side of the Truro River and the historic city centre including the Cathedral, the Royal Cornwall Museum and The Leats.

Last year’s ROC 5K was a sell-out occasion, with 500 community spirited people taking part. With a new route, even more people can take part. People of all abilities can run, jog or walk the ROC 5K. The minimum age to participate is 11.

For information about The ROC 5K, go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

The funds raised by The ROC 5K will support ROC Welcome, a vibrant social opportunity for local people with learning disabilities which is based at Truro College. The club is one of the largest of its kind in the county and is entirely dependent on voluntary donations.

The ROC 5K, which raised £17,000 last year, is the club’s most important source of funding.

People can register to take part in The ROC 5K on www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

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