Youth Projects.

The Youth Projects Team organises many events locally and provides assistance to schools, youth organisations and individuals.


If you wish to apply for a donation for a Youth Organisation, or a young person, click on the link at bottom of page.


What We Do:

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

Each year we sponsor two 16 to 18-year-old students from Chipping Sodbury and Brimsham Green schools, to attend a week-long residential course in the Forest of Dean to build leadership skills - it will prove to be the most exciting and rewarding week of their young lives.

Managed by a team of professional instructors, the participants join 40 other students from our Rotary District to tackle physical and mental exercises which will challenge and build their leadership and communication skills, develop their self-esteem and confidence. 

They develop firm friendships, overcome inhibitions and have tremendous fun!



The Young Innovator Competition

The Rotary Young Innovator Competition is held annually at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall in June or July.  It is for 15 to 17-year olds from the local schools.  The aim is to encourage students to introduce innovation into a number of subjects, including product design, textiles and graphics.


Each year around 60 students enter and present their school projects which represent two years of hard work by the young people, with the support of the school staff.  They receive positive feedback and prizes from the professional judges, who come from our generous sponsors, Renishaw and Hanson. 

Rotary is extremely grateful for the assistance of Inner Wheel members who provided welcome refreshment for students, judges and spectators.

This email was received from a participating teacher: “Please convey my thanks on behalf of the school to your colleagues in the Rotary Club for organising yesterday’s event. As always, the students gain considerable benefit from presenting their work formally to other people. I believe that this is a most worthwhile and beneficial experience. As always your continued support is very much appreciated.”


Greenpower - Rotary Racer

We continued to support the Green Power project at Chipping Sodbury School and, in particular, the Rotary Racer car.  What began as an initiative at Chipping Sodbury School to get 'Lads and Dads' working together now involves girl and boy students and a diverse range of family members working to build electric powered cars to race at circuits around the country.






The Greenpower project gets children from 11 onwards interested in engineering and the environment. It makes learning about science fun and enables skills and knowledge to be developed on a practical project. And of course, it also builds teamwork. Many students go on to engineering graduate courses.

The Chipping Sodbury School Rotary Racer has had great success over many years of competition.


Young Chef and Young Photographer Competitions

We support a ‘Young Chef’ competition at both Chipping Sodbury and Brimsham Green schools. The students prepare and present a meal, which is judged by Ann Murray, from local cooking school, Cooking 4. We get to taste the food, which is usually delicious!

We also support a similar photography competition.



Kids Out


We arrange for children from Culverhill School, Yate to join about 700 other youngsters, with a variety of learning challenges, from our Rotary District, to go to Cattle Country Park for a day of fun.  

Over 30 children, accompanied by school staff and Rotarians, enjoy the day jumping, bouncing, running, having lunch and then doing it all again! This is truly what Rotary is about.





We also donate to many worthwhile youth causes, with recent examples including:

Primary school reading books, netball kit and playground equipment

Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Air Cadets equipment and events

Youth Rugby and Football Clubs kit

Books for the Hosanna Primary School in Kampala, Uganda

Brimsham Green School visit to Uganda to help school children

Secondary School Equipment and Projects

Chipping Sodbury Festival Week youth events






We also give grants to young individuals for equipment, activities and events. We can help with donations for equipment for home adaptions for young people with special needs

If you wish to apply for a donation for a local school, youth organisation, or a young person, contact Keith Pattison below.


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'What We Do' Main Pages:

Club Accident Report Form


`SUMMARY OF CLUB ACTIVITIES (as featured in the Yate and Sodbury Voice )`.


In aid of local charities.


"The club organises a number of fundraising events in order to fund its various charitable activities. Regular events include the Classic Vehicle Run, assisting with the Sodbury Slog, the Victorian Day and a golf day.


The Youth Projects Team organises many events locally and provides assistance to schools, youth organisations and individuals.

Ukranian visitors enjoying an afternoon in Kingsgate Park with help from the local Fire Brigade.

Our Club is committed to assisting the local and wider community in as many ways as it can, either through regular, ongoing support or helping with one off events, providing manpower and / or financial assistance as required.


Some of the money we raise, from events or donations, is given to charities and organisations operating internationally, including our own Rotary Foundation.


The Chipping Sodbury Town Hall was chosen to display pictures representing the closeness of Polio being eradicated throughout the world. Recently Africa was declared free of Wild Polio.


Event pictures including: Tree planting, Sportive, Young Innovator, Polio Day, Classic Car.2021 Classic Car 2022 Classic Car 2023 President Handover Southmead Hospital Abseil for charity Sodbury Slog

Members serving Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at the Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day.

Christmas Cheer and Fundraising!