Our Breakouts

      Bev Alderson

      Caring for our World starts with Caring for Ourselves. 

      Why not join Bev Alderson in a breakout session, and learn how to enhance your health and well-being - in the workplace or as a family at home - and maintain yourself under the pressure life can throw at us?

      Bev previously spent over 18 years performing management roles within the finance and IT industries in both the UK and Australia. During this time she got to learn first-hand the impacts of a high-pressure environment and lifestyle and how, if left unchecked, it can negatively impact personal effectiveness and health.

      Drawing upon her experience and education in management, mindfulness, stress management, and yoga, Bev is in demand as a speaker and trainer and travels all over the world, helping others to enhance their well-being.
      And as we are encouraging many of our breakout sessions to be interactive, you never know - you may end up trying out a yoga position or two...!
      Mindfulness - Yoga - Stress ManagementIndividual - Group - WorkplacePractically BalancedT: 07823 583 499E: moc.decnalabyllacitcarp%40nosredlavebW: www.practicallybalanced.comF: https://www.facebook.com/bev.alderson.7T: https://twitter.com/@bevalderson/

      Paul Wooding

      Caring for our World - Caring about Animal Extinction

      According to the WWF, between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year, due to climatic heating or cooling, changes in sea levels, or direct human activity such as poaching for big game or tusks, or land development disrupting ecosystems.

      This shocking statistic tells us that more needs to be done to care for our world, and it's important to look at the causation of the extinction of all animals who, sadly, will never roam our earth again. (Though we may feel grateful that we're not face-to-face with flesh-eating dinosaurs!) So - welcome to our unique breakout session with Paul Wooding - T.Rex Autopsy.
      Taunton Deane resident and Bristol-based in his work, Paul Wooding is an award winning producer/ director, and Creative Director at Spark TV, and known for numerous productions including D-Day to Victory (Channel 4 2011), Smash Lab (Discovery 2007) and Backstage (BBC 1999). Having studied and achieved a Distinction in photography at Mid-Cheshire College of Art and Design, Paul's career has encompassed creating shows for major broadcasters worldwide, including many years with the BBC documentaries department including running The Holiday Programme. In-between, his love of cars has seen him be a rally driver - and three times LCAMC Champion. He was Executive Producer of T.Rex Autopsy, a specialist factual documentary for National Geographic, and winning huge acclaim when it was broadcast around the world. T.Rex Autopsy was a ground-breaking film of the dissection of the first-ever life-sized model of a T.Rex by a team of scientists including palaeontologists investigating the serious issue of how it may have lived and died: there was blood, guts and gore galore!
      Book to join Paul in one of our breakout sessions - we guarantee excitement for adults and young people alike. Do you have the stomach for it?!

      Colin Barrell

      Caring for our World - Caring for Yourself: Sip & Chat 

      Sitting in Betty’s in Harrogate with his wife, Colin Barrell passed comment that ‘This would work well in Taunton’. Beware the throw-away line! 

      3 years later after selling his McDonald’s franchise, Mr. Miles opened the doors for business on the 24th of February 2010. Having decided what would work in Taunton, Colin approached the highly regarded local tea blenders and coffee roasters DJ Miles & Co Ltd of Porlock, with the idea of opening Tea Rooms with them. Colin, born and bred in Minehead in Somerset and now a Taunton resident, had spent 27 years in catering and customer service before specialising in the creation of a beautiful focal point in Taunton's cafe culture - elegant surroundings in the town centre, with in-house catering using local produce.
      'Care for yourself' and take some time out to indulge in Colin's 'Sip & Chat' breakout session, where you might learn about the skills of a barista, or the different coffees, or enjoy a tasting session. It will give you time to reflect - something to which we often forget to allocate time for our own well-being. Reflect on the day's conference programme, the light-hearted festival theme, network and enjoy the fellowship of other like-minded people - and along the way you will learn about the beverages so popular across the world. New Rotarians - why not meet up here with others and get to know each other?

      Halcon Project: Caring for Others - developing skills, knowledge and confidence

      Part of the Halcon area in Taunton is regarded as the 5th most deprived area in the UK, and there is a need to prepare residents for work and break the cycle of benefit dependency - these social issues exist throughout the UK.

      Rotary has been instrumental in assisting the Taunton East Development Trust in Halcon over the last three years through provision of the board of trustees, alongside volunteers, and using Rotarians' skill mix including strategy, risk management, finance, legal and project management to address specific needs of residents, be they legal, financial or around disability. In addition there has been provision of daily volunteers to manage enquiries at the Link Centre, and signpost people appropriately. Sustainability of the project is vital: Rotary's three year financial commitment and negotiations with key financial stakeholders help to underpin the charity’s future. 
      In the Halcon breakout session, you will hear from someone who has benefited directly from the project, and hopefully you may be able to consider how Rotary clubs might replicate the scheme in other areas. 
      Be sure to ask the session presenter about Halcon residents' participation in the 2019 Moonraker Challenge!

      Colin Barrell

      Caring for our World - Paws for Thought

      Sharing the benefits and potential pitfalls of Weston Rotary's fundraising event for an animal charity.

      Weston Rotary organise an annual dog show as a fundraiser for Rotary charities. They have successfully partnered with sponsors, Drive Vauxhall, Joyce Oliver Wealth Management and Travelbillity, to build this into what has quickly become a popular annual event in the town's calendar! Norma Johnston and Stewart Evans share their learning to help others, covering:
      1. Why Rotary WSM decided to create this event and where we are three years on;
      2. What happens on the day - high points, pitfalls and patient dogs
      3. Top tips for running such an event and how much money you might raise.

      You'll leave this session brimming with advice and ideas, and possibly with the song, 'Who let the dogs out?' running through your mind...

      Caring for our World - the perils of plastic

      Edd Moore accompanied by Damers First School children

      Edd has created a multi-award winning series of eco initiatives in partnership with pupils, staff, parents and friends of Damers First School, Poundbury, Dorchester. Edd is a teacher and Eco Coordinator at the school and a member of Dorchester Poundbury Rotary Club.
      In December 2019, Damers First School won a national award for its environmental work and was crowned Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Schools’ Champion. The judges applauded the school for embedding sustainability work across the school curriculum as well as the children going to Westminster to meet Michael Gove to discuss the importance of an ‘all in’ system for the Deposit Recycle Scheme with support from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Litter Free Dorset with the children appearing on CBBC Newsround. Numerous other prestigious awards have been won by the children, including overall winner of the prestigious Environmental Youth Award for 2019 at the Royal Bath and West of England Show for showing a whole school approach to environmental education. The judges said they were inspired by the innovation and infectious enthusiasm for the environment that ran right through the school.Edd initiated the school’s Refill Poundbury scheme to reduce single-use plastic in Dorchester and across Dorset. Members of the public can go into businesses with a refill sticker and refill their reusable bottle with free water. Damers Eco Ambassadors have written letters to over 300 businesses, 30 schools, nurseries, colleges, Dorset Council and 30 community groups asking for their support by giving up single use plastic and finding alternatives. 
      Edd has coordinated a number of ongoing recycling initiatives involving materials not collected by the Dorset Waste Partnership including biscuit and cake wrappers, plastic pet food pouches and packaging, plastic sweet and chocolate bar wrappers, pens, toothbrushes and printer refills. 
      In 2019 he was awarded Wessex FM’s Teacher of the Year award after being nominated by children and parents for the environmental work he has achieved at school and in the local community.

      Colin Barrell

      Caring for our World - Community Samba!

       Skintight Samba will be entertaining festival conference attendees on arrival..don't be afraid to join in and have a go!

      They are a community samba band based in Wellington, Somerset. It sprouted from an Adult Ed. evening class at least 15 years ago; nobody wanted to miss weekly sessions during the usual education breaks so the band declared independence and has rolled ever since.

      Gatehouse Trailer Bar

      Caring for our World - Around the world geography lesson with a difference!

      Learn how different cocktails are made around the world, and enjoy some sneaky tasters!

      Compliments of Gatehouse Trailer Bar, offering a bespoke service with horsebox and timber pop-up bars to hire for every special occasion throughout the southwest. (Adults only for the tasting, obviously!)

      Caring for our World - Disaster Zone!

      A unique opportunity for children, families and individuals alike to learn about the vital, life-saving impact of Shelterbox and Water Survival Box in helping when disaster strikes somewhere in the world, and people who have lost their homes and possessions have no access to shelter and safe drinking water. An interactive session with a mock 'disaster zone' as might be found after calamity strikes. Youngsters warmly encouraged to take part, to problem-solve, and to learn what goes on in areas ravaged by such atrocities as war, famine, flood or earthquake.


      Join us at the District 1200 conference to find out how we continue to learn and develop to shelter more families after disaster


      ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organisation. Together in partnership ShelterBox and Rotary give families, whose lives have been devastated by disaster, the tools and training to rebuild their lives. 
      2020 marks ShelterBox’s 20th anniversary. In the last 20 years, ShelterBox has provided support to over 1.5 million people. Today, the need for emergency shelter is more urgent than ever, with 88 million people living without shelter after disaster. With ongoing Rotary support, we are as determined as our founding club’s members to do more. 

      When disaster strikes, safe water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. Rotary’s Water Survival Box provides a safe and effective way of giving a family up to 100000 litres of safe water.
      The Box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools; etc. This local charity has sent out over 15000 boxes since 2006 covering 62 disasters in 31 countries

      Colin Barrell

      Caring for our World - Hula hooping for health

      At lunchtime, Lula May brings you her hooptastic show. A captivating hula hooping show performing all the tricks, the glitz and the glam with her high energy, up-beat hula hooping show.

      If you ever wanted to try hula hooping, or if you haven't had a go for many years, you can have a go after the show. You will be hula hooping in no time at all. It's good for you. And it's fun!

      Rotary Technology Tournament - Derek Phoenix, Crewkerne Rotary Club

      The Technology Tournament has been in existence for more than 30 years, but only in recent years has it been a fully-fledged RIBI project. 

      Prior to joining Crewkerne, Derek Phoenix was a member of York Vikings and they and 2 other Rotary clubs had been running technology tournaments for many years. Upon moving to Crewkerne in 2007 he found that no-one had heard about the tournament, and so he introduced the project, with Crewkerne running its first tournament in 2009 with 12 teams from 4 schools.This became an annual event increasing in popularity: last November there were 24 teams from 6 schools. Proving that the format is replicable, the popular event is now also delivered by Minehead, Taunton Vale, Dorchester Poundbury and Weymouth clubs, with 2 more in the pipeline, and Bristol clubs in the neighbouring district are now holding them.

      Derek, of Crewkerne Rotary Club, will explain what the tournament is, how to go about running one and most importantly, the benefits to local schools.

      Becky Wright

      Caring for our World- Mental Health First Aid

      A session exploring the importance of recognising and addressing mental health issues in today's society.

      Becky Wright is a multiple award-winning mental health trainer, psychotherapist and coach facilitating high-quality, intuitive wellbeing sessions for heart-centred businesses and individuals looking to make meaningful change. Since establishing New Leaf Life Design in 1992, Becky has delivered countless unique counselling, coaching and training sessions which have encouraged clients to lead lives that they love and achieve long-lasting fulfilment. New Leaf is a ‘next stage’ organisation which means it follows forward-thinking principles to reconfigure the traditional, fixed structure of the workplace and transform the way we view self-management. By similarly empowering clients to step into their intuition and embrace their creative imagination, Becky’s inclusive approach equips participants with the tools they need to navigate challenges and develop emotional resilience. She draws upon her long-standing industry experience, partnerships with initiatives like Mindful Employer, and her qualifications, such as her role as an MHFA Mental Health First Aid Instructor, to instigate powerful conversations that allow others to acknowledge their growth and turn over their very own new leaf.

      Hidden Needs trust

      Caring for our World - The Hidden Needs Trust

      The Hidden Needs Trust creates awareness and raises funds for children and young people with Special Educational Needs [SEN] in Somerset and Dorset, their families,parents and carers, and the specialist educational groups that support them.

      Rachel Goodfellow, the founder of the trust, takes on annual physical challenges, organises a truly inclusive annual charity concert at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil and numerous other fun events throughout the year. She works with SEN students in schools and colleges, families in housing association homes, and runs a radio show. In the latter she interviews small local charities, seeing first hand what they do, who benefits, and what further support they require. From this she sets up networking events such as free lunches for the charities and those that they support.
      Before January 2020, HNT worked under the Somerset Community Foundation [SCF], 10% of all monies raised going to SCF. However, as from this year, HNT is a charity in its own right...charity number 1187246
      ALL funds raised go into the HNT pot and will be given out at the end of each financial year to those who apply for specific projects. [Specialist Schools or Units, Hubs, Opportunity Groups, Individuals, Families, Carers with associations with SEN children and young people].