Our Work with Young People
Rotary works with young people in a variety of ways to develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to enjoy a greater awareness of the world about them.
Youth Services Chairman: Chas Cairns (Thatcham & District)
Rotary GB&I Youth Competitions
Details of the many competitions run throughout the District, together with entry forms can be found on the Rotary GB&I web pages. Members of the Youth Services Committee will be pleased to help and support clubs throughout the District wishing to stage any of these activities. Contact details for the organiser of each Competition can be found below and examples of recent District successes can be found on the Related Pages.
For further details on how to enter and to see some of the skills and fun involved in this very popular competition Read more.......
District Organiser: Ron Howard (Thatcham & District)
We have some fine young orators in the Thames Valley District, with a number of Regional winners, and this years District winners of the Intermediate section -
St Helen and St Katherine School Abingdon - triumphed again at the Regional finals. Unfortunately our Senior Winners - Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe were forced to withdraw just before the Regional finals.
District Organiser: Martin Blunkell (Marlow)
Musical talent abounds in the Thames Valley and this competition celebrates the best of young Instrumentalists and Vocalists as two separate categories. Robert Cheung, a very talented classical pianist from Windsor won the National title in 2014, vocalist Isabel Irvine was crowned Rotary GB&I Young Musician 2016, and vocalist Florence Cain won the National competition in 2019. First round heats are organised by a limited number of clubs, but include others in the area. Young Musicians looking for an opportunity near them should contact
District Organiser: Anne Coulson (Loddon Vale)
Download the Information Pack at: https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2019/05/2019-20-Young-Musician-Information-Pack.doc
Young Photographer & Young Writer
The theme this year for both these competitions is Our World is Beautiful, with Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Entries are invited from clubs organising these competitions to arrive for judging the District winners no later than 31st March. District winners will be submitted for the National finals in early May.
District Organiser: Pat Lattimer (Maidenhead)
Designed to encourage students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, these tournaments are growing in popularity and are now accredited by the British Science Association CREST Discovery Award Find out more........
District Organiser: Colin Wells (High Wycombe)
Rotary Award Schemes for Young People
An outdoor leadership and skill development course for selected 18-25 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their communities Read all about it!
District Organiser: Sarah Shears (Reading)
As a new departure for this year, Thames Valley District is trialing a group sailing experience at Bisham Abbey and is seeking 5 candidates with physical and/or sensory impairments for a fun-filled week learning new skills and building confidence on the water with fully trained instructors and specialised equipment from the Accessible Boat Club Read more about this adventure of a life-time......
Each year, Rotary in Britain and Ireland invite nominations of exceptional young people who have made a real difference to other people's lives for their Young Citizens' Awards, which are presented to 5 winners at the Rotary GB&I Confernce in April. Entry forms may be downloaded here for submission by 27 January
In 2013 Sweat Box Union, nominated by the Rotary Club of Wantage, were one of 5 winners of the Rotary GB&I Young Citizen Awards for rescuing their Youth Club from closure following government spending cuts by raising thousands of pounds to keep it open.
Young Rotary: Interact, Rotakids and more.....
In addition to the many competitions and award schemes there is a range of other opportunities for the younger generation.
Interact clubs for 12 -18 year olds are the fastest growing branch of the Rotary family and District 1090 has seen an amazing number of clubs spring up over the last few years, with more in the pipeline! Read more about what these exciting young clubs offer..............
Rotakids, the latest addition to the family, have also been popular in the Thames Valley area as primary schools recognise what an enriching addition they can be to citizenship areas of the curriculum, with their opportunities to engage with a wide range of projects - both at home and overseas. Read more...........
District Organiser: Chas Cairns (Thatcham & District)
District Youth Exchange Officer: Alistair Knox (Reading Maiden Erleigh)