Local projects currently supported
1. Food organisations
We have continued to offer support to St Paul’s Foodbank by way of food and other product contributions. Our focus on these contributions has mainly been through Mukesh’s personal efforts and those of a few others.
We have made financial contributions also, with contributions totalling £2,620 to St Pauls Foodbank, the Open Kitchen and Hounslow Community Foodbox.
2. Christmas Benevolence
We were able to supply Christmas hampers to 60 elderly Hounslow residents who would be expecting to spend their Christmas alone. We obtained details of names and addresses from Hounslow Age Concern and we had anticipated that they would also deliver the hampers, but this was not to be and Bob, Mukesh, Sugra and Mumtaz delivered them. The hampers were beautifully prepared by Sugra.
We were also able to provide, with support from volunteers from Al-Mustafa Welfare Organisation approximately 125 food parcels to Hounslow CareLeavers and other disadvantaged young people. Brigitte organised the majority of this, with help from Karin, including the delivery of a number of the parcels to the homes of the benefitting CareLeavers.
We were also able to support Hounslow Inner Wheel’s Shoebox Project.
3. Care Leavers
For some years, the Club has been working with the Leaving Care Team in Hounslow Council to support care experienced young people who are taking their first steps into independence in the adult world.
These over eighteen year olds have often had a difficult start to their young lives and a number have difficulties in building friendships and integrating into communities.
We introduced an Activity programme a couple of years ago to encourage their involvement in sports.
We are fortunate that Rotarians from the Club several years ago created a Silver Jubilee Charitable Trust which has enabled us to fund some of the things we have been able to provide. To start 2023 we have been able to support a couple of youngsters with the provision of boxing clothing to help them in their pursuit of boxing activity.
As these youngsters move out of care, they are helped by the Leaving Care Team to develop their maturity by a transfer to independent living and we have helped to provide a number of household items, usually donated by Rotarian members, but in addition, we have purchased some essential items to get them off to a good start in their new homes.
We continue to provide a number of youngsters with refurbished laptops to enable them to continue their studies and develop their careers. We reported recently that we were able to provide many of them with Sim Cards, courtesy of Vodafone, and we understand from the Leaving Care Team that these have proven to be so very useful to the young people.
We continue to explore other projects which will prove of benefit to a number of the youngsters.