What We Do for our local and wider communities
The Community team engages with Charities and projects within the local area to see what Rotary can do to help. We get in touch with all the local charities and offer our support, often with financial support for special projects, but also sometimes with advice, local knowledge or sometimes manpower.
It may be about supplying some wheelchairs, a laptop or a gazebo. Or it could be about giving advice and support with a planning application. There’s a Christmas party for elderly residents, pantomime tickets for people who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance, or special equipment for special needs.
Speakers from local charities are often invited to the club to give us an update on their progress and successes.
Our annual "Golden Oldies" trips are now the talk of the town with visits to such places as Denbies Vinyard, a trip on a steam railway or a cruise on the Thames. Places are taken up very quickly through local organisations like Homelink, HANDS and INS.
Vineyard Community Centre
Most years we make donations to the Vineyard Centre. This picture was taken at this year (2018) Christmas party. The same day we were very happy to bring a big donation of useful foodstuff and some panto tickets. A very merry Christmas to you all!details
Some of the charities and causes we have supported
The Community Service committee provides help to a number of local charities and causesdetails
Rotary KidsOut National Day Out
Every June, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland together with KidsOut take over 25,000 disadvantaged children on a fun day out. This year’s Kids Out takes place on 13th June 2018.details
Stroke Awareness Day at Squires Garden Centre
Every year, members of Rotary and qualified medical practitioners are at Squires Garden Centre for the Annual Stroke Awareness Day. Do venture along and have your blood pressure checked.details
Richmond Furniture Scheme
We have supported Richmond Furniture Scheme several times over the years with various projectsdetails
Community Award to Anne Wallace
On 29 November Anne Wallace updated the club on the work of the the Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre. It is a free and confidential service, formed to help women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or dealing with an abortion or miscarriage.details
Purple crocuses in bloom
The 7500 crocus bulbs planted in local primary schools last October are in bloom now in the Spring - reminding pupils of the Polio Plus campaign and the purple fingers of immunised childrendetails
We helped to buy a boat! October 2010
On 31 October 2010, the President Kike Wilkinson and several club members went to see in action the boat we had helped the Twickenham Sea Scouts Corps to purchasedetails
Benches for Teddington Memorial Hospital gardens 4 August 2010
Rotary club members donated four durable hard-wood benches to the hospital on on 4 August 2010.details
Home Link's new kitchen
During the 2008-2009 Rotary year the club presented Home Link respite care centre with £2000 to purchase a new commericial grade cooker for their kitchen at their centre next to St Augustine's Church.details