Community, Vocational, Youth and Environmental

This committee deals with all local projects in our community.

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Plans for the year:

Committee Members: John Watson (Chair), John Waterhouse, Alan Morrell (Environment) and Tony Gill.

The Committee will continue with projects adopted previously in the Community, Youth and Environment, many of which overlap the topics of interest to the Committee. In addition, we hope to include further projects on an ad hoc basis.

•    Dictionary4Life distributions to five Inner Bradford Primary Schools, all with a Blaize label and including a child’s name.  The cost of the Dictionaries is being met by two local charities.

•    Continuation of support for the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank through collections and / or donations.

•    Continuation of support by Blaize members within local Primary Schools by helping pupils with their reading.

•    Again, we are supporting RYLA in 2021.  We regard it as excellent value for money in the development of young people.

•    Again, supporting Kids Out in 2021 with the children from the Bowling Park Primary School – from a deprived Inner Bradford Area. The children have a fabulous day out and the School greatly value the experience, paying the cost of the buses.

•    Our Spiral Wishing Well is now located at Marie Curie hospice and we will check its effectiveness from time to time. The charity dinner to raise funds for the Marie Curie hospice in Bradford was postponed owing the pandemic but will be rescheduled for some time this Rotary year. We will also continue offering our support collecting for their Great Daffodil Appeal at one of the local supermarkets.

•    We are considering taking on a project currently being undertaken by Wakefield Chantry Rotary to assist dementia patients through Admiral Nurses.

•    We will review the Ocean Trust project, having sent a candidate in 2019 and will decide whether to support it again in 2021.

•    Through the Environment Officer, the planting of about 500 trees in the Bradford Metropolitan conjunction with BEAT – the Forest of Bradford.

•    We will consider further support for Life Education Bradford, which provides excellent support for schools in healthy life choices, anti-drugs and relationships and where two of our members are trustees.

•    We will continue our support for Contact the Elderly (now renamed Re-Engage) where several members host Sunday tea parties for senior citizens in their area.

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