This committee deals with projects involving young children in the local community.
Committee Members John Waterhouse (Chair), Tony Ashton, Keith Brown
1. RYLA 2018. We are sending Rachael Chadwick, a 16 year-old, first year A-levels student and selected from Bradford Girls Brigade. Cost £475. Rachael will speak to us about her RYLA experience on 29 August.
2. KidsOut 2018 will be on Thursday 14 June which unfortunately clashes with Eid and Bowling Park primary is closed. So we will have to pass this up this year. Hopefully we will be able to send some 90 Bowling Park year five children to KidsOut in June 2019 on a 50/50 basis with the school at a probable cost of c£800.
3. Dictionaries for Life. Courtesy of John Watson and Community, we are again providing dictionaries to 90 pupils in the next year six at Bowling Park Primary. No doubt Pres Elect John, John and I will present them in September. Once again our indefatigable scribe, Barrie Birch, will be working his way through all the names.
4. Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative. Unfortunately support from schools has diminished. We hope it can be revived.
5. Life Education Bradford, where I am a Trustee and Chairman and Keith Howard is a Trustee, continues to struggle to find new schools to take up its anti-drug and pro-healthy lifestyle services. Hopefully the new government policy which emphasises health and well-being, particularly child mental health and relationships, and which becomes statutory from September 2019, will stimulate take-up. In the meantime Life Education Bradford continues to have a funding gap which it attempts to fill through sponsorship. Blaize are regular supporters as are several other Bradford 10 Clubs and Sovereign Health.
6. Without claiming any credit, it should be acknowledged that some other Blaize members do contribute to other Youth activities in the Bradford district – John Watson and Robert Allan listen to young children read in school. There may be others.
7. President John has expressed an interest in Youth Ocean Trust which provides young people with training and development through sailing. He is hoping to fund it partially through a District grant. The voyage takes place in August 2019.
I propose we continue with these activities in 2018-19. Essentially it means we do support some Rotary Youth activities financially even if we do not have a more active involvement, given our geographic position and lack of obvious ties to schools, specifically a secondary school.