How to get involved
Make kits – Anyone interested in volunteering or learning about the kit making process can visit the group on Wednesday mornings at the community room at Tesco Extra at Askham Bar, York. People can see the kit making process and help sew and assemble the kits. If you can’t volunteer on a Wednesday, there is a regular meeting on the last Saturday of each month in the Art Room at Hartrigg Oaks, New Earswick, York.
Set up your own group – The Yorkits team is happy to help people set up their own group and can run workshops to teach others the process. The team recommends making a kit first to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Collect and distribute kits – People with contacts in communities that need period kits are encouraged to get in touch, especially if they are going to visit and can take kits with them. We provide the kits free of charge. Information and support can be supplied to help their contacts make their own kits.
Donate to Yorkits – A kit costs around £10 to make, or provide seed funding for a group to make their own.
Rotary York Ainsty is a constituent part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) within Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire - Rotary District1040.
RIBI is a membership organisation where members use their talents and time to improve the lives of those less fortunate, both at home or abroad, while building friendships and ‘having fun’ in the process.
Great Britain and Ireland are served by 1,800 Rotary clubs and around 50,000 members.
Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest membership and international service organisation with more than 1.2 million members. There are clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas across the globe.
“If readers are interested learning more about Rotary and its projects or in helping out / using their skills and talents on any of our community projects, they should contact President Colin Perrot on 075 0087 8998 - or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary text © Stewart Gilbert (RYA) and Charlotte Milligan (RYA). July 2023
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