Rotary Projects


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      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‚Äôs future. 

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      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 - 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. Youngsters warmly encouraged to view this and to learn what goes on in areas ravaged by such atrocities as war, famine, flood or earthquake.

      Rotary Food Box Project - helping Beirut

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      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.

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      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 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].

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        District 1200 Ugandan Water Project

        Help save lives by supporting us in our quest to install and refurbish water wells in Uganda. Key objectives are supply access to water and sanitation for all by sustainable utilisation and management of drinking water at community and household level.
        A Rotary Club of Yeovale initiative.