Some years ago, The Rotary Club of Pinner initiated a novel literacy project, a dedicated Library within the Harrow Youth Offending Team (YOT). This was funded by donation from the Rotary Club of Pinner, along with a grant from District 1090, to make a total of £600. A further donation to refresh the books available was made in 2020.
The reading age of such youths tends to be much lower than average and this is a serious impediment to their future and perhaps a contributory factor to their current situation so the money was used to buy a specialist range of books These books have been particularly written for teenagers with a lower reading age - but still having the right sort of content to interest them.
The idea for the project was taken up with great enthusiasm by both the Head of YOT and the Principal Librarian for Young People's Services at Harrow and their enthusiasm and commitment was, and still is, both considerable and crucial.
The Rotary Young Chef competition, sponsored by Filippo Berio, gives entrants the chance to put their culinary skills to the test and be judged by leading industry professionals.
Entrants plan and cook a three course meal, develop their food presentation skills and gain experience in high pressure situations.
Pinner Rotary have revived their involvement with this competition and in 2019 / 20 joined forces with a neigbouring Rotary Club and local schools to hold area heats. Covid-19 has prevented the 2020 / 21 competition from taking place but we hope to be back next year.
more The area heats for the Competition held at Vyners School in January 2020