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About OnThisROC

Helen Kendal with instructor Andy Coltart

Helen Kendal with instructor Andy Coltart

OTR’s Background

OTR was founded after a church based youth worker had built up a working partnership with his local police in Liverpool. This community partnership resulted in a series of diversionary projects, taking young people away from potential criminal activity.  It also resulted in special events that engaged people of all ages in the community.

OTR uses the sport of climbing to engage and equip people with life skills. Climbing builds confidence, patience, trust, teamwork, self-esteem and a sense of personal and group achievement. It also helps people tackle and overcome fears.

OTR has taught over 200 people how to climb including helping 45 young people achieve certificates in the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme. Many of them are now members of their local climbing centres.

What Inspires Us

We are inspired by community. A community that is welcoming and supportive and encouraging can be a life changing environment to be part of. There are so many broken communities and broken people in the UK and beyond. OTR believes that building individuals confidence and self esteem will help build better communities.

In June 2009 Redeeming Our Communities hosted an event at the Liverpool Echo Arena. It brought Police, Church and many others together and challenged us to make a difference together in our communities for our communities. OTR was already starting to do this but was inspired by this challenge.

OTR Mobile Climbing Wall


Our Vision

Building individuals' confidence and self esteem to equip them to play an active part in the life of their community.

Our Mission

To use the activity of climbing to teach transferable life skills, social responsibility and embed ethical values that will create more active community members.

Our Values

OnThisROC is named after one of Jesus’ disciples, Simon Peter. He was a man who did his best to follow Jesus but just like us all he failed from time to time. But even with all his faults this is what Jesus said about him “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church”. Simon Peter went on to impact the lives of thousands in the early Christian church. Jesus knew he could do it even though he wasn’t perfect.

  • We value everyone for who they are

  • We believe everyone can achieve given the right encouragement

  • We believe everyone has a role to play in a community

OTR Achievements

About On this Roc


August 2013

  • OTR becomes one of the top 100 social enterprises in the UK on the RBS SE100 Index.

July 2013

  • OTR MD Andy Coltart goes to Chamonix for the IFSC European Championships with the GB ParaClimbing Team. Reanne Racktoo from OTRs VI Climbing Club achieves 2nd place in Europe.

May 2013

  • OTR MD Andy Coltart is elected President of the IFSC Paraclimbing Commission at a meeting in Torino, Italy.
  • OTR receive 3 years funding from the Morgan Foundation allowing Andy to work full time.
  • OTR's Reanne and Rad from our VI Climbing Club finish the BMC Paraclimbing Series for 2013 in 3rd and 1st place making Rad British Paraclimbing Champion.

March 2013

  • OTR MD Andy Coltart is nominated as the BMC rep for the IFSC Paraclimbing Commission.

January 2013

  • OTR MD Andy Coltart is appointed Asst. Manager of the GB Paraclimbing Team by the BMC.

November 2012

  • Members of the VI Climbing Club appear live on Children in Need following there support for the next three years.

October 2012

  • OnThisROC achieved the 2012 Visionary Innovative Service Delivery Award for Bradbury Fields with our VI Climbing Project.

September 2012

  • OTR MD Andy Coltart goes to Paris as manager of the GB Para Climbing Team with 3 climbers who are competing in the IFSC World Climbing Championships.
  • Two OTR's VI climbers Reanne Racktoo and Sam Bate Johnson finish the IFSC World Para Climbing Championships ranked 8th and 10th in the World.
  • OTR is nominated for Liverpool's Best Community Organisation Award.

July 2012

  • OTR achieves 4 more medals in the final round of the BMC Para Climbing Series with two members nor ranked 2nd and 3rd in the UK.

June 2012

  • OTR received the Merseyside Police Authority Community Safety Award for Knowsley for our work with young offenders on Crime2Climb.
  • Our VI Climbing Team achieve 4 more medals at the Newcastle Round of the BMC Para Comp.
  • Two members of our VI Climbing Team are selected to compete for GB at the IFSC World Para Climbing Championships in Paris this Sept.
  • OnThisROC secured its first commercial training contract with Jaguar Land Rover in Speke.

April 2012

  • Our VI Climbing Team achieved three medals, including a Gold, at the first round of the BMC Para Comp in Rochdale.

February 2012

  • OnThisROC became an official sponsor of the GB Youth Climbing Team.

January 2012

  • Our Visually Impaired Climbing Club is invited by the British Mountaineering Council to take part in the 2012 British Para Climbing Championships.

December 2011

  • We run a 5 day training course for Army officers from the Sandhurst Military Academy.
  • OnThisROC starts its climbing club for blind and visually impaired teenagers in partnership with Bradbury Fields thanks to finding from the Blatchington Court Trust.

June 2011

  • We took our mobile wall to Blackmore Park Primary School for healthy schools week.

May 2011

  • OnThisROC purchases our own mobile bouldering wall thanks to a grant from Stepclever in Sefton.

March 2011

  • OnThisROC starts work with Booker Avenue Junior School delivering PE lessons for years 5&6.

On This Roc Academy Members join NorthWest Team
Be a partner & make a difference

Why Support us?

Without your support through prayer, volunteering and giving we would not be able to do the following:

  • Organise community climbing events that bring people together.

  • Run a climbing club which allows young people to complete the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme.

  • Provide opportunities for visually impaired young people to learn to climb.

  • Run projects with the police to engage young people in positive activities diverting them from crime.

  • Run activity weeks during the school holidays.

  • Provide opportunities for young people to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

What difference can you make?

A donation of just £10 a month for a year would mean a young person could complete the first level of the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme with us. This could make a huge difference to their self confidence and self esteem. It would also provide them with a certificate of achievement.

A donation of £30 a month for a year would allow us to run a 5 day project for 12 young offenders or a disabled group. It would provide 2 hours respite activities for 60 young carers.

What you can give makes a huge difference to the people we serve and we are grateful for your support.

What to do next:

If you would like to support OnThisROC please send an email to . Please make you email subject: OTR SUPPORT. We will add your email to our database and keep you informed by newsletter.

If you are able to support us financially you can either click on the donate button on this page and make a donation using Paypal. You don’t need your own Paypal account to do this. Alternatively if you would like to support us through regular planned giving. Let us know in your email and we will send you the information you need to set up a standing order through your bank.

We would like to say a huge thank you in advance to those who are considering supporting the work of OnThisROC.

Here are OTR’s main objectives:

  • To promote the personal, social, mental, physical and spiritual development of individuals and community groups through the sport of climbing.

  • To work with the police and other agencies in tackling anti-social behaviour and play a key role in diverting people away from anti-social or criminal activity.