Community & Vocational

See the work of Ashtead Rotary Club in the local community.

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Role of the Community and Vocational Service Committee

The CVS committee is charged with ensuring that Rotary is a provider of service to the community of Ashtead and adjoining areas. By identifying needs within the community, the CVS Committee uses club members' skills to implement programmes, services and support for people of all ages.

Areas of need supported by Ashtead Rotary Club include:

Providing financial assistance to organisations and members of the community to promote health and well being within the population, reduce hardship and promote personal development:

  • Borderline is a charity working to support homeless Scots on the streets of London. Each year Ashtead Rotary organises a Burn's Night celebration during which funds are raised for Borderline.

  • Cherry Trees respite care centre in East Clandon was supported by Ashtead Rotary Club to provide breaks for Ashtead children with moderate to severe disabilities.

  • Seeability is a charity working with people who suffer from multiple disabilities including visual impairment. The charity was supported by Ashtead Rotary Club, specifically to help equip their new supported living accommodation in Ashtead.

  • Ashtead Rotary Club annually makes donations of Christmas food vouchers to local Ashtead families.

  • Scotty's Little Soldiers is a charity providing holidays for children who have lost a parent who served in the armed forces and subsequently seen their world turned upside-down. Ashtead Rotary Club has made a donation towards the provision of a new holiday centre.

Organising recreational visits and events for the elderly, lonely and those with disabilities:

  • Kids Out. This is a charity supported nationally by Rotary. It provides disadvantaged children with positive experiences to give them a small taste of fun and excitement. Ashtead Rotary Club sponsors approximately 75 children from local primary schools on a day trip. Ashtead rotarians also accompany the children and their teachers and a great day out is had by all!

  • Every year Ashtead Rotary helps Father Christmas to visit Woodlands School, Leatherhead and in the summer rotarians man the Woodlands School BBQ. Ashtead Rotary Club has also supported the school by making a major donation towards a new minibus.

  • The Senior Citizens Film Show is held annually. Run by members of Ashtead Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs, a tea is provided alongside an entertaining film show (film suggestions always gratefully received).

  • The Senior Citizens Christmas Party is held annually. Run by members of Ashtead Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs, a tea is provided alongside festive entertainment and goody bags.

Support to local schools and other youth organsations:

  • Worthy Enterprise Awards are issued annually by Ashtead Rotary Club to nominated local young people who work tirelessly within their school or other youth organisation but who do not necessarily receive recognition for their efforts.

  • Service Above Self Awards are issued annually by Ashtead Rotary Club to nominated, local young people who sacrifice their own needs to help others.

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are given out annually to support the participation of a small number of nominated participants (aged between 14-30) from our local community in the Rotary's leadership training program for young people.

  • Dictionaries 4 Life are handed out annually to all children in Year 6 at Ashtead primary schools to help them with their progression to secondary school.

If you would like to know more about the activities of this committee or have a suggestion for a local project that requires support, please feel to contact the Community and Vocational Service Committee Chairman using the form below.

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