Community, Vocational, Youth and Environmental

This committee deals with all local projects in our community.


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 Area.in 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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Presentations made at Bowling Park Primary School

275 Dictionaries 4 Life Presented to Local Schools

more The Rotary Club of Bradford Blaize have today completed the distribution of 275 dictionaries to 5 primary schools within Bradford City.

James Mason the Chief Operating Officer of Bradford City FC with John Watson of Bradford Blaize

Donation of Spiral Wishing Well to Bradford City FC Community Foundation

more Blaize have donated a Spiral Wishing Well to Bradford City FC Community Foundation to help them raise funds for their charity. It is designed to create a fun environment whilst supporters watch their donations racing against one another around the rim.

Last Year's President Barry Smith with Community Chair John Watson present the defibrillator.

Blaize present a defibrillator to St John Ambulance

more The Rotary Club of Bradford Blaize decided to donate a defibillator to St. John Ambulance

Graham and Marilyn with the team from Liverpool Heart Hospital

Donation to Liverpool Heart Hospital

more Graham Robinson handed over the cheque for �1,000 that we had raised for the Liverpool Heart Hospital

Barry Smith hands over the baton to Tony Ashton and David Burrows.

Collection on behalf of the local Marie Curie Hospice

more Members undertook their annual collection to help raise funds for the local Marie Curie hospice. This collection is part of the national Marie Curie daffodil appeal.

Four Club members were needed to take all the donations to the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank on the 12th of December.

Donations to Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank

more Following on from Keith Thomson's talk on 18th July 2012 about the food bank David Burrows organised a collection of food to take place over the first 3 weeks of December for this organisation. The results are reported below.

Ambassadorial Scholars Whitney Hough and Mizuki Takashi

Collection for Marie Curie

more On 28.3.12 and 29.3.12 Blaize members aided by Ambassadorial Scholars Whitney Hough and Mizuki Takashi collected for the local Marie Curie Hospice at Tesco on Canal Road in Bradford.

Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initative - Visit & Awards Ceremony

more Visit by International Rotarian and Awards Ceremony.

Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative

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Guide Dog Blaize (2) 9 month update

more Our Guide Dog Blaize {the second} made an surprise visit to the club with his puppy walker Peter together with Jennifer a representative from Guide Dogs.

Guide Dog Blaize (2) 6 month update

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Our Guide Dog Puppy "Blaize"

more Club members walked Hadrian's Wall long distance path and raised the thousands of pounds needed to purchase and train a Guide Dog for the blind.

The distinguished guests and speakers

Bradford Schools Drugs Prevention Initiative

more 4 members of Blaize were involved (either on the committee or as auditors) in this initiative.

Drivers for Bradford Cancer Support

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£7,315 Donated to Marie Curie

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Youth

more Coming under the Community Committee this group deals with projects involving young children in the local community. (2 pages below this)