Community & Vocational

Community & Vocational Service relates to those activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community and to support local schools.

Projects running now, supporting the local community

The Community and Vocational Committee looks to fund projects for people in need in our local community.


Community Awards 2021 / 2022 – as a Committee we have reviewed the nominations received from local Parish Councils regarding individuals who have made a significant voluntary contribution to their local community. A decision has been reached regarding the winner for 2020 / 2021 and will be announced shortly.

Dictonaries 4 Life The Club has now presented Usbourne Illustrated English Dictionaries to Year 3 pupils at 5 of the 8 local Primary Schools. Remaining presentations to follow over the next few weeks.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme gives young people aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to improve their leadership, team working and communication skills. We are pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Chew Valley School, two very deserving candidates have now been identified to attend the programme in February 2002. 

At our meeting on 9th November Kate Rowlands (Deputy Head Chew Valley School) at took time out to share with the Club some of the exciting developments taking place at the school. We look forward to exploring future opportunities by which we can work closer together for the benefit of students at the school.

The Community & Vocational Committee looks to provide help and fund projects for people in need in our local community. It is responsible for pulling together a wide range of community related projects especially those which are in line with the associated stated themes of Rotary International, namely Health, Hunger, Water, Literacy & Environment. The Committee also has a specific emphasis on promoting youth opportunities. In recent years we have been able to help with the following:

  • The annual Community Award which recognises individuals who have been nominated by their local Parish Council for demonstrating significant voluntary contribution to their local community.
  • Throughout the course of the pandemic the Committee supported Keynsham Food Bank through donations and a one-off payment applied for from the Tesco Covid-19 Communities Fund.
  • Every year the Committee presents circa 150 Usbourne Illustrated English Dictionaries to children (Year 3/4) in 8 Primary Schools in the area.
  • Sending one or two students (aged 16-18) from Chew Valley School on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award – an exciting week-long personal development programme.
  • Community Support provides help and funds for local individuals and events who need assistance. This also includes carpark marshalling at the Pensford 10K race, the Stanton Drew Flower Show, the Clutton Flower Show and the annual fireworks night at Farrington Golf Club.
  • Morale boosting donation to nurses at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on intensive care wards dealing with Covid-19 patients.
  • Judging presentations at a Business Day event organised by Chew Valley School involving Years 7,8&9 students.
  • Provision and presentation of trophies and medals at the inter-The Primary Schools football tournament organised by Chew Valley School.
  • The Chelwood Bridge Business Cup project with Pensford Primary Schools to encourage awareness of finance and basic business skills.
  • Donations to local non-profit making organisations who are helping support the local environment.

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