Timeline

The Good Rock Story

  • The Seed is Sown

    Jeff and Jacqui hear about the plight of orphans in China’s orphanages and are compelled to put themselves forward to adopt a child from China. With the UK and China government-to-government agreement the wait will be 22 months! Jeff and Jacqui kn...

  • The Story Begins

    The Shurr family is matched with an eight month old baby girl who was waiting for them in the far-flung North West province of Xinjiang. Jeff and Jacqui receive their daughter Abigail Yan Le on November 9th 1997. Whilst in China they have the oppo...

  • Invitation Extended to Return to China

    Jacqui is invited back to China by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and visits several more orphanages in Xinjiang. Between 1999 and 2001 we launch foster care in seven towns within Xinjiang. Ours was one of the first foster care programmes in China ...

  • The Work Grows

    By now we are working with seven orphanages across the province. Our services include foster care, medical relief, feeding programmes and therapy for the disabled. We are training and empowering more local people to come on board as well as having...

  • Reaching Even More Young People

    From 2002-2003 our programmes grow exponentially. Medical relief (Free 2BU) and education (Count Me In) bring hope and opportunity to hundreds of children. We also open our first therapy centre and begin to train more caregivers to upscale their s...

  • Move to Hong Kong

    The Shurr family makes a giant leap east and moves to Hong Kong to be nearer to China to help facilitate the work of Good Rock.  This is the year we start to seriously address the needs of the disabled orphans who will grow up without the support ...

  • Advancing Education

    From 2005-2006 we proudly launch our sex education and self-awareness programme and deliver workshops to managers and caregivers from across the province. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the programme was taken to other provinces. Ove...

  • Special Education Centre Opens

    From 2007–2008 we prepare to and then open our community special education centre in Aninqu village. It is a dream fulfilled to begin to address the needs of older disabled orphans growing to adulthood. Good Rock is invited to join the Ministry of...

  • Bakery Workshop Opens

    Despite rising tensions in Xinjiang our work continues, our summer camp goes ahead, and we open our Bakery Workshop in Urumqi orphanage. Here, many young people will learn life skills and vocational skills, preparing them for greater independence.

  • A Time to Reflect

    This year is a time to reflect on our past and present. We ask ourselves, “Are we there yet?”.  In the past decade we’ve all seen China’s economic growth but what about social welfare? Despite increased challenges we remain invited guests in China...

  • Our Work Advances

    Between 2011 and 2012 we hold more summer camps and an increasing number of children attend our special education centre, with more apprentices beginning at our bakery workshop too. Jacqui makes more trips to China, as do volunteer experts. As the...

  • UK Charity Shop Opens

    We open our charity shop in Leyland, Lancashire. The shop supports our work and gives us the opportunity to be part of a local community, and to raise awareness of the needs of so many young people.  It’s a fantastic experience!

  • Bakery Workshop Expands

    Our bakery workshop graduates to new premises where we can welcome customers but we have a bigger vision too!

  • Fig Bakery Shop Opens

    We open our Fig Bakery shop in the centre of Urumqi city. To have our apprentices working and managing their own social enterprise is a dream come true! Fig becomes a model project and is visited by officials from all across China. We delight in s...

  • Changes in Legislation Announced

    China releases new laws governing foreign NGOs operating in the country. We make the very difficult decision not to register and upscale our already considerable efforts to empower our local team to continue the legacy of Good Rock. Our UK charity...

  • The Good Rock Legacy

    Between January and April we bring Good Rock UK to a close, with Hong Kong following later in the year. This marks the end of a chapter and not the end of the story as our former team prepares to obtain a domestic registration and continue the Goo...