Helping the local community is one of the primary roles of Rotary and you may have seen Rotarians at work supporting communities without even realising it.
At the Rotary Club of Westbourne, we take our community and international service seriously, and whilst striving to give back to the area in which we work and live, are also mindful of the internationality of Rotary and our international communities too.
Since the club was chartered in 1995, it has carried out many and varied activities and constantly add new projects and initiatives as they arise.
In fact, our latest project is to build our own Santa Sleigh Float to bring even more Christmas Cheer to the community and help local charities at the same time. So check out the latest information about the sleigh on our News and Events Page.
We always strive to give back to the area in which we live and work and over the years have carried out many projects engaging with the community in the following ways:
- annual Christmas lunches for senior citizens
- annual trip for underprivileged children as part of Rotary Kids Out Days
- Rotary Young Chef Competitions
- Bag packing at The Range for donations i.e. Children in Need
- BBQ for Cherry Tree Nurseries Open Days
- Santas Grottos in Boscombe and Westbourne
- Santa Express Street Collection fund raisers in local area
- Young Achievers Award for children at St Michaels School
- Rotary Christmas Shoebox Collections
- Dragons Den style initiative to help fund local small community groups
- Litter picking Westbourne community area.
- Setting up community garden in West Hill Area
- Clearing and re-planting Skerryvore Heritage Project in Westbourne
- Planting thousands of purple crocus bulbs in Westbourne
- Food Related projects, including:
- Re-packaging donated foods from business partner, Harvest Fine Foods, for use by Bournemouth Food Bank.
- Supplying and delivery of weekly food parcels for local local families
- providing Christmas hampers to a group of Bournemouth Care Leavers
And much, much more or as our club motto says.........
Making Dreams Real Within Communities
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Westbourne has raised thousands of pounds for charities, both in the local community and worldwide, including:
The Rotary Club of Westbourne has an associated registered charity (Rotary Club of Westbourne Trust Fund, charity number 1111184), so that anyone making a donation can find out more about us.
Two members of the club and their two friends returned from The Gambia on one of the last flights out of the country as the coronavirus pandemic escalated and have the following news on the latest project there.
in February 2019, Richard, Sue, and their friends, Martin and Gill had all been inspired to carry out work in 3 villages, providing they could raise the funds to pay for it – and the estimated total was £2,500 to:
However, upon arrival at Sambel Kunda, it was realised that just putting a fence along one of the perimeters of the clinic was not going to help, as following a recent storm, two of the walls were substantially damaged. So a lot of calculations were done, and a mason and his team employed to re-build the wall and make more bricks to complete it before Richard and Martin got stuck in to install the remaining fencing. Delighted to say all the work was achieved and all returned back safely to the UK a few days earlier than originally planned.