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 Community and Vocational Service Committee


A committee within the Club, the Community and Vocational Committee, identifies and acts on

ways in which Club members can usefully provide a service within the local community. This

ensures that the Club continues to meet with the ideals of Rotary, including Service above Self

whilst providing benefits for the community and raising the profile of Rotary. The Club is involved

with the following activities at present, as well as considering ad hoc requests from the local

community that the Club receives:


a. Kids Out. A national initiative, Kids Out provides a day out for children on a specific day in

June each when Rotary clubs from all over the country are involved. For our Rotary District this is a

visit to Drayton Manor Theme Park and we organise this for children from the local special needs

school, Welcombe Hills. It's a rewarding day out for those Rotarians who help, and the children

have the opportunity to use all the rides and facilities at Drayton Manor and, come rain or shine

seem to really enjoy this day off school.


b. Riding for the Disabled. This is a local initiative where the committee sponsor someone

financially who could benefit from the opportunities this National organisation provides. Club

Members also have the opportunity to visit RDA to see how RDA helps others in the community.


c. Food Bank. A national charity run on a local basis by external volunteers, the committee

provide a roster drawn from all Club members to help in the distribution of the food the Bank

provides for families in need.


d. First Responders. A national organisation which relies on local support, the committee help

by providing finance for equipment.


e. Holiday for Young Carers. A committee local initiative, making use of a District arrangement

for providing a summer holiday for less fortunate children at a holiday camp in Mablethorpe in

Lincolnshire. Each year the Committee hope to sponsor up to six children, at present from the

Warwickshire Young Carers organisation, to a summer holiday they may not otherwise have an

opportunity to enjoy.


f. As You Like it Club. A committee initiative to host an annual lunch for members of the Stratford upon Avon club for people with seeing disabilities.


g. SWEEP. A committee initiative to help with the cleaning of the river and canal through the town, requiring volunteers from the whole of the club membership to help periodically with collecting refuse from the river and canals from the deck of the SWEEP narrowboat. This can end with a sandwich and pint from one of the fine canal side pubs on route! 

David Haugh