Community Projects

The Rotary Club of Derby support lots of great activities to benefit local charities and the community.


The Rotary Club of Derby prides itself on the work that it does in the Community but many of our regular projects are on hold due to the Covid19 pandemic and the ongoing restrictions. Although many of our regular programmes have not been able to take place we have adapted and delivered some new community based support. See the list below for examples of the work we normally undertake.

This Rotary year we have supported a number of community based projects and we will keep these updated below:

Litter Pick at Alvaston Park - 7th May 2021

We joined the Friends of Alvaston Park and Derby Parks on their clean up the park day. Members collected lots of litter, particularly from the various areas of woodland and hedges around the park. 

Donations to Safe and Sound & Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre

Following our Christmas collections we are proud to announce that we topped up the amount raised so that we could donate £1500 to each of our chosen charities. 

Collection of Towels to support Aquabox

We have received an appeal from a local charity called Aquabox, based in Wirksworth, that produces water filter kits to areas affected by disaster including those affected by flooding in the UK.

They need clean, used towels, which they will use to protect the filters during transit around the world. The towels can then be used in the community that received the filters.
Please contact us as we can collect locally and get them to the charity.

Collection of Laptops and Tablets for Schools

We are collecting used tablets and laptops to donate to inner city schools in Derby. Primarily these will benefit Arboretum Primary but we hope to extend this to other local schools too.

Santa 2020

This year we still mananged to get out with the sleigh despite increased restrictions and thanks to local business Think3, we had a new Santa Derby website where you could purchase a personlised letter or video message from Santa. Please see our Christmas activities page for more details.

We also took supported Santa and his sleigh on a visit to the Children's Hospital at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Donation to Steps Derby - December 2020

We were pleased to make a donation of £420 to provide hot meals for vulnerable and older people in Allenton. The project had already secured funding to provide the service until the New Year, our donation will allow the service to continue throughout January.

Christmas Tree donation for All Saints Church in Mickleover

We donated a seven foot Christmas Tree for All Saints Church which was decorated by local children.

Donations to Treetops, Kids Out and Safe and Sound - October 2020

The club made donations to three local charities to support them during the pandemic

Litter Pick at Alvaston Park - September 2020

Ten members of the Club and friends spent a morning at Alvaston Park, supporting Derby Parks and the Alvaston Park Friends to collect litter around the park. Our members were impressed with the cleanliness of the park but they still managed top collect nine bags of litter.

Derby Arboretum 180th Anniversary Event - September 2020

Our members have been continuing their support of the Park and were actively involved in the celebrations, taking part in video events promoting the park and talking about it's history. For more information on the history of our partnership with the Friends of Arboretum Park group please see the link to the page below.

Rotary4Foodbanks - Ongoing

We have fundraised to support local foodbanks around the city and have been successful in getting match funding from a Rotary Foundation grant to support food banks during the Covid19 pandemic.

Donation to Rainbows Hospice

We donated £500 to Rainbows Hospice to support their efforts during the Covid19 pandemic.

Clothing Collection for Asylum Seekers - Completed

We have been supporting the Rotary Club of Derby Daybreak to collect donations of clothing to support asylum seekers housed at the Midland Hotel during the pandemic.

Book Drive for Ravensdale Infants School - September 2020

We have donated £300 to the school for the purchase of new school books following the recent devastating fire. We are also offering to collect books within the local community.

Our activities for 2019/2020 included:

  • Santa and Sleigh collections raising £5000 split between two local charities
  • Supporting the TOC-H Children's Holiday Camp with an evening of team games and prizes
  • Young Carers event at Markeaton Park and Tenpin
  • Santa appearing at Morrison's over two weekends raising a further £560.
  • Collected over £500 for British Heart Foundation
  • Marshalling for local park runs
  • Sponsoring holidays for two young carers at Derby Children's Holiday Centre
  • Three £250 donations to local charities
  • Second donation of £1000 to Treetops
  • Supporting the renovation of the Joseph Strutt building alongside the Friends of Derby Arboretum
  • Supported local park events with family competitions and activities.


Community Projects sub-pages:

Loudon Lodge on Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Project Ready for Community Use

more The Rotary Club of Derby breathes new life into the former Joseph Strutt Pavillion and creates a new community venue.

Our team of litter-pickers at Alvaston Park after a busy day collecting litter

Alvaston Park - Clean Up The Park Day

more We joined Friends of Alvaston Park and Derby Parks to help litter pick around the park.

Delivering donations with Jane Cryer from Derby Daybreak

Clothing for Asylum Seekers

more A collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Derby Daybreak and Derby to provide support for local asylum seekers.