Helping People in our Community

Our priorities this year are working with young people and schools as well as helping the most vulnerable people in our community

Manning the refreshment tent at the annual Young Carer's Festival is great fun and a hugely rewarding experience.

Thousands of young people take part every year in national Rotary Youth Competitions, which in most cases take the form of regional, followed by national heats. The competions are varied and we have, for several years, encouraged our local schools to take part in Rotary Young Writers. Some of our entrants have been very successful. This year we are also offering participation in Rotary Young Chef.

Last year two of our members became Dementia Friends Champions by attending an induction program run by the Alzheimer's Society. A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people with dementia living in their community.  One of the things they do is deliver the one hour Alzheimer's Society "Dementia Awareness sessions". At the end of this session participants are invited to become a "Dementia Friend". One of these sessions has already been successfully attended by Rotary and Inner Wheel members, and a further session is planned. However, our next step is to offer these sessions to local organisations and businesses to raise awareness more widely in our community.

Following a suggestion from a participant at one of the Dementia Awareness sessions, we are putting together an "Exit Sign Campaign", the aim of which is to ensure that public places, notably toilets, in our community have adequate signage to help people with dementia find their way out. We have purchased a number of EXIT signs and will be offering them free of charge to building owners where we find signage is missing.

We will continue to support local applications for support as and when received, in particular, we will investigate provisions that can be used for short break holidays for local families in need.

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**OPEN GARDEN in Botley** 3rd & 4th July

more In collaboration with the National Garden Scheme we raised £1500 to support local and national charities.

Supporting families in our community

more Get in touch for a copy of our new recipe book full of economical, quick and easy recipes for busy people. All proceeds will support food banks and struggling families within our community.

Cleaning up in Hedge End and Botley

more We continue to support the environment in our community with regular litter picks .

Rotary Young Writer

more We are proud to support this well established national competition designed to encourage young people to develop their writing skills, and share with you the winning entries this year.

We are offering free signage to businesses

Helping people live with dementia

more Our "EXIT sign" project is helping people with dementia find their way out of confusing public spaces

Supporting Service Veterans

more We are pleased to support the work of Combat Stress in providing treatment and mental health support to Service Veterans

Elizabeth White Ripley explaining the work of Solent Mind to the club

Supporting Mental Health

more Helping Solent Mind provide a wide range of services to support local people with mental heath problems

Curdridge Lunch Club

Curdridge Lunch Club

more Members of the Curdridge Lunch Club enjoying the Sun

Young Carers 2019 from the air!

Young Carers 2019

more Hamble Valley Rotary Club Support Young Carers Festival 2019

Rotary working with The Stroke Association and local nurses

Know Your Blood Pressure

more Raising awareness of how to prevent a stroke