Community projects and fundraising

What We Do to help and support our local Community

Our plant stall


Our Community Service team  engages with charities and projects within the local area to see what we 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 physical help, local knowledge or advice.

It may be about supplying some wheelchairs, or IT equipment.  The relationships we have developed over the years with local charities and charitable projects are an important asset to us, allowing us to find opportunities to make a real difference to people living in the local area.

Speakers from local charities and charitable projects are often invited to one of our meetings to give us an update on their progress and successes or to inform us of their future plans.

Here are three of the charities in our borough of Richmond upon Thames that we are actively supporting:

Vineyard Community, which  supports vulnerable people in Richmond in many ways, from hosting their morning drop-in centre, serving the community in their afternoon café, running the Richmond Food Bank as well as running two charity shops. This year we are continuing our support by doing shopping for essential items the charity tells us they need. Each month club members will go shopping on a rota basis, spending £100 each time and delivering it to the community centre.

SPEAR Richmond, a local charity supporting people experiencing homelessness, helping them to find a place to call home and providing a range of services to improve their health, wellbeing and skills so that they can begin to look more positively towards an independent future.

RUILS independent living is a charity based in Richmond that is run by and for disabled people, supporting them so that they are able to live independently, be part of their community and to live life to the full, removing any barriers to living an independent life. They also collaborate with other organisations to campaign for change on a national level. RUILS is the mayor’s selected charity for 2022/2023 and our club will also be supporting it.

The team also organises major fundraising events, the most important of these being our Christmas collections with Father Christmas touring the local streets and a plant and book stall on Twickenham Green on May Bank holiday.



Community projects and fundraising sub-pages:


Shepherd's Star – Our featured local charity

more We are inspired by the great work that Desiree Shepherd and her band of volunteers are doing to promote social inclusion in Twickenham and Richmond by bringing people together to participate in ways that enable them to explore new life opportunities.

The Rotary Fair

The Rotary Fair 2024

more Looking forward to Spring? The Rotary Fair on Twickenham Green will be on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024

Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be coming your way!

more Father Christmas and his helpers from the Rotary Club of Twickenham upon Thames will be visiting the streets of Twickenham, Whitton and St Margarets during the Christmas season, bringing good cheer and collecting for communities in need. (1 page below this)

Volunteers helping with Christmas collections.

more YOU WERE AMAZING LAST YEAR. But we need volunteers again this Christmas to help us collect funds to help people and communities in need.

The fair well under way

The Rotary Fair on Twickenham Green

more Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 2023 on Twickenham Green (1 page below this)



Vineyard Community

more Vineyard Community in Richmond

The calm garden

Vineyard Community

more Vineyard Community in Richmond

Some of the winners in 2019

TuT Rotary Bridge Tournament for Princess Alice Hospice

more In 2019 Twickenham upon Thames Rotary (TuT Rotary) moved to a new location at Cobham Rugby Club

Golden Day Out 2017

more Our annual trip for local residents took in a river trip from Walton to Staines and back. Chugging gently along the river past narrow boats, barges and swans, we enjoyed a nice cup of tea and a good chat.

Golden Day Out 2014 – Denbies Estate Dorking

more Annual trip for elderly and disabled in our area

Some of the charities and causes we have supported

more The Community Service committee provides help to a number of local charities and causes

The Summer Barbecue in the garden. So lucky with the sunshine

Vineyard Community Centre

more Twickenham upon Thames Rotary (TuT Rotary) is very pleased to help and support the Vineyard Centre in Richmond, which offers a wonderful sanctuary and support network for many local people

Rotary KidsOut National Day Out

more 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.

Grace Gibbs,Secretary of TuT Rotary Club taking the blood pressure of the Mayor in 2016

Stroke Awareness Day at Squires Garden Centre

more 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.

The Golden Day Out 2016

more This year's annual Golden Day Out was on the Watercress Line

Richmond Furniture Scheme 2013

more We have supported Richmond Furniture Scheme several times over the years with various projects

President Mike at Twickenham Sea Scouts Headquarters

We helped to buy a boat! October 2010

more 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 purchase

Purple crocuses in bloom 2011

more 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 children

President Bill Stevenson presents Anne Wallace with a Family and Community Service Award for her oustanding and ongoing work as director of the Centre.

Community Award to Anne Wallace 2011

more 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.

The club is gratful to Rotary District 1140 which provided a Simplified Grant to raise the money donated by the club up to the £2,000 required for the purchase.

Benches for Teddington Memorial Hospital gardens 4 August 2010

more Rotary club members donated four durable hard-wood benches to the hospital on on 4 August 2010.

Daniel and his teacher display an example of the repair and renovation work of the project, supported by club members

Clarendon School Bicycle Project 2011


Home Link's new kitchen

more 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.

Jackie practising before going to New Zealand

World Blind Sailing Championships May 2009


 Mark Scudamore and Mike wilkinson present 20 tickets for Panto at Richmond Theatre in January 2009

October 2008 WelCare gets panto tickets


The Furniture Scheme March 2008


The Great River Race September 2007


Golden Oldies outing September 2007


Homelink donation July 2007


Otakar Kraus Foundation May 2007


Teddington Memorial Hospital February 2007


Golden Oldies outing 24 September 2006


Mayor unveiling

Rotary centenary plaque May 2005


The annual outing for elderly residents or our area was this year to Stratford upon Avon

Golden Day Out 2008


Golden Oldies Coach Outing to Eastbourne


‘Golden Oldies’ – Bluebell Railway Excursion and Lunch

more Annual outing for the elderly of our area