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Disaster Aid UK & Ireland

Disaster Aid UK & Ireland

Mission is
1.respond to disasters with the supply of humanitarian aid to the affected communities and/or individuals. in partnership on humanitarian projects funded by other organisations including Rotary clubs and Rotary districts.

Save the Planet !

Save the Planet !

Ideas to help save the environment

September 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

September 21 newsletter

Dr Jyotika  Virmani

Dr Jyotika Virmani


Fellowship evening

Fellowship evening

Aspire Restaurant, Trafford College

PDG Graham Jackson MPHF -RCM member

PDG Graham Jackson MPHF -RCM member

Graham will give us some background to his job as Deputy Coroner for Greater Manchester


About us

Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Manchester


Since the formation of our club in 1911, we have been helping worthy causes and others who are less fortunate  ;

Guided by the Rotary Maxim of "Service above Self "

The club actively supports the Rotary End Polio Now  campaign and the Disaster Aid UK campaigns. We also support the Christie Hospital , Francis House Children's Hospice , The Stroke Association , Narrowgate Homeless Shelter & Pettypool Outdoor Activity Centre  -amongst others.

We welcome new members interested in having fun while "Giving Something Back " to the community. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are the lifeblood of any organisation.

Arms of the City of Manchester 



FOUNDATION MATTERS because it is the only officially recognised Rotary charity and each Rotarian is expected to contribute at least $100per annum (many of course, probably through ignorance of this obligation, fail to do so!).
At Manchester Club we have been the recipient of a GLOBAL GRANT worth $37250 in support of our WOWATER!  project which after 6 years of fundraising has successfully concluded by the installation of water treatment facilities in Fieve, Ghana.  We had 4 representatives present at the opening of the facility.  Very many thanks are due to Rtn. A’dell Harper , who initiated the project; P.P. Robin Graham who has led the planning, fundraising, and conducted all  the painstaking paperwork; Dale McAuley whose video records the opening of the facility in Ghana; and Rotoracter Aileen Schlissler who travelled for the opening.  
Thus, a very successful end to a well supported and executed project.  A story worth telling! Which will happen at :
Bring family, friends, and potential members to hear our incredible story.  Names to Bill Laidlaw .  
MONY A MICKLE MAKS A MUCKLE. (Old Scots saying which translates as “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”) .
A’dell Harper when running her nursery school had the brilliant idea of teaching her pupils the value of water by have them “buy” a drink of water at a penny a glass. The idea grew into the project that became known as WOWATER!
Stealing this theme, Bill laidlaw has started putting each 20p received in change into a jar. This formed the basis of a “guess the value of the contents” challenge when DG Patrick visited the club on 22 August.  To Bill’s surprise the jar, and the raffle, raised almost £100.
Foundation has benefited by this £100 and the proof of the old adage “ mony a mickle maks a muckle” remains true today!
Bill is encouraged to continue saving his pennies. However he recognises that we are becoming more and more a cashless society so he is encouraging fellow Rotarians who have abandoned cash to simple write a cheque in favour of Rotary Foundation
PS.  By co-incidence the winner of the raffle was the DG who is pictured here carrying off a bottle of Bill’s best Scotch!










Rotary Club of Manchester

Know Your Blood Pressure Event  14th April 2018

Another successful event, this year we took 509 blood pressures!

Again, one of the most important aspects contributing to the success of the event, is the fact that the Arndale Centre allocate us a prime site, many thanks to Sonya Nolan for arranging that for us, this allows us to maximize the site, by having more tables and chairs, and therefore the number of health professionals to take blood pressures, we had excellent medical students; Rui Jun Lim and Qing Tan, student nurse; Leigh Hutchinson, who also volunteered last year, lecture staff from Manchester University School of Nursing and Midwifery; Ann Caress, Judy Ormrod and Aileen McLoughlin, also nurse Maggie Withington (Sarah’s mum) Julie Chapman, Sue Cattermole (who is a stroke survivor) Dr. Jo Downton, Leanne from the Stroke Association brought Dan, Rowen, Kay, Chantelle and Neda and also Nic who, although not qualified to take BPs volunteered to engage with the passing public to offer the BP test.

Of the 509 (259 female and 250 male) people we tested, 387 were no further action required, 122 registered abnormal readings, of those 107 were advised to see their GP for a routine follow up within one month, and 15 were of sufficient concern to be given guidance to visit their GP for an urgent follow up within one week, thankfully, this year we had no hospital admission advised, the age ranges were; 18-29 x 113, 30-44 x 124, 45-59 x 142, 60-85 x 115 and over 85 x 15

After the event, all the drinks, cereal bars etc that were unused, were donated to the homeless shelter Narrowgate in Salford.

Without the help, enthusiasm and support of all the volunteers, including Rotarians and friends of Rotary; Peter Hartley, Roy Chapman, Bill Laidlaw, Sarah Withington, Susan Craig, Alia Arif, Derek Evans, Ernie Metcalfe, Sebastian Moldovan, Robin Graham, Dale Anne McAulay, Elizabeth Farrow, Pat from Trailblazers, and Manuela Costanzo, Manchester University Volunteer Programme students; Adam McGreavey, Victor Lin Hu, Linshu Xu, Yuxiao Zhang, Jayant Goel and Jiangli Liu, this event and important contribution to public health and awareness of stroke, could not take place, and be the success it is, our thanks to Danny at  Manchester University Estates, who lend us the furniture, Simon and Pete from BCL Movers were stars, the support of the staff at the Arndale Centre, particularly Sonya, a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!!


Each year, a theme seems to emerge, and this year, at the end of the event when we were discussing this, Judy was saying how many people were talking to her about their feelings of loneliness, and feeling very alone, this is incredibly sad, then Ann and Aileen commented that they too heard this when they were taking BPs, not only from older people, but younger people too, this impacted so significantly that Judy did this research on the subject, thank you Judy.


Loneliness is a complex concept, and a variety of definitions exist. It may be regarded as social loneliness or isolation, whereby contact with friends and social networks are limited, or as emotional isolation, or a feeling of not being in time, or in connection with other human beings (Holmes et al., 2000). This definition links with earlier work by Bowlby and Weiss (1973) who considered loneliness from a social and psychological perspective, and suggested it to consists of two dimensions, emphasizing the core experience rather than the intensity of the relationships. The experience of loneliness among the very old (Kirkevold et al., 2012) has been regarded in positive terms, for example a feeling of being free, as well as the more negative connotation of being abandoned, and feelings of fear and sadness. Alternatively, Killeen (1998) considered the concept of loneliness as a continuum, with the most positive attributes being feelings of connectedness, and the most negative being alienation and powerlessness as displayed by social and self-isolation. Predisposing factors include partnership status, ethnicity, gender, disability, physical and mental health issues, access to technology, the internet and social media, being a carer and having a limited income which restricts opportunities (NICE, 2016). In January 2018 the UK Prime Minister Teresa May appointed a ‘minister for loneliness’ Tracey Crouch. This followed the report on loneliness undertaken by the late MP Jo Cox in 2017. In 2018 the Office of National Statistics regarded the UK as the loneliness capital of Europe, following their survey of over 10 000 adults. They suggested one in every 20 people often, or always were lonely and emphasized that 10% of 16 -24 year olds fell into this category, making them the largest proportion of participants. Reasons for this may include a reliance on social media rather than face to face communication, as well as those factors already mentioned.

However, despite the plethora of definitions there is reticence on the part of many people to acknowledge that they are lonely, possibly due to the degree of stigma attached to it but also that it is an expected part of growing old.


Campaign to end loneliness ( )

Jo Cox loneliness campaign ( )

The Loneliness Experiment – Radio 4 online survey (www.lonelinessexperiment.orf )


All accessed 30th April 2018.


Barbara Rosenthal 30th April 2018









Happening soon...

POSTPONED    GM Fire station visit ,Thompson St, Manchester M4 5FP

Wed, Oct 20th 2021 11:45 am

POSTPONED GM Fire station visit ,Thompson St, Manchester M4 5FP

Operation Florian update 20th Oct 21

Ken Nixon - President RC of Belfast

Thu, Oct 28th 2021 6:00 pm

Ken Nixon - President RC of Belfast

“ Life after 33 years on the Bench”

Fellowship   Loona  Lebanese Restaurant  4th Nov 6:30pm

Thu, Nov 4th 2021 6:30 pm

Fellowship Loona Lebanese Restaurant 4th Nov 6:30pm

22c Station Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 7AB

Club Council by zoom

Tue, Nov 9th 2021 6:00 pm

Club Council by zoom

Club Council by zoom

Thu, Nov 11th 2021 6:00 pm



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