COMMUNITY SERVICE is an important
and pleasurable part of the work of the club. Members give practical
assistance and raise funds to support projects and activities that improve life in our local
community. Here are just a few examples:
| Mary Stevens Hospice:
To mark the Rotary Club's Centenary the club has funded a log cabin and internal building works to support the hospice's care for young people.
Kitchen and Lighthouse Project:
The club supports Heavens Kitchen, operated by Dudley Christian Fellowship to help the homeless, with regular gifts of food.
It also made a major grant towards rebuilding the Community Hub and Counselling Centre to serve the homeless and disadvantaged. Also to celebrate its Centenary Year the Rotary Club is funding an expanded counselling service at the Lighthouse Centre for both youngsters and adults.
Surrender Bin: With the co-operation of Tesco, the West
Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and British Ironworks Centre,
the Club installed the first knife surrender bin in the borough.
In a 15 month period it took well over 400 lethal weapons off the street, including 2 guns.
Dudley Kidney Patients Association was presented with a van to help its
charity shops with the collection and delivery of goods.
Meadow Special School Playground for pupils with profound learning difficulties. This
award-winning venture was initiated and organised by the Club and supported by our French partner
club Brest Côte des Légendes, our respective Rotary districts, and the worldwide
Rotary Foundation fund.
donated to local special schools for youngsters with severe learning
more community projects:
- Kids Day Out -
each year we sponsor up to 50 underprivileged children to have a fun
day at Drayton Manor Theme Park.
- Dudley Young Carers
- pantomime visits and parties for these often-unappreciated young
- Stroke Awareness Days
- support for the annual Dudley event. Typically over
150 people are checked for blood pressure, blood sugar and other vital statistics. The exercise has
prompted numerous urgent medical interventions.
- Age Concern Dudley
- donation towards the reopening of a day centre in Sedgley
- Darby End Tenants &
Residents Association, Netherton - donation to support a group
- Netherton Open Water
Swimming group - funding tow floats for new swimmers
- Queen Elizabeth
Hospital Birmingham - support for a Brain
Cancer Research project.
- Respite for a Dudley
family - funding for a weekend holiday break.
And yet more local projects we have supported:
Over the years we have funded major projects such as: the first
three cardiac emergency
response vehicles in the district / equipping
at the Dudley Handicapped Centre / purchase of medical equipment for
Russells Hall Hospital Breast Cancer Care Unit and Russells Hall heart
unit / providing support, including a lorry equipped as a
mobile workshop, for Black Country Wheels;
and hundreds of smaller
projects including: support for local Scouts, Guides and Brownies
John Ambulance / Dudley Salvation Army Corps / Headway Black
Country / the
Dudley Leaving Care Team / MacMillan Cancer Support / the West
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity / Lunch On The Run ...
PERSONAL SUPPORT: Individual club members are closely involved with other
community and charitable bodies, including support for local schools,
churches and a Hindu temple, a hospice, and various educational and
members give support each year to the Dudley Festival
of Music, Drama & Dance. The Dudley
is now so successful that it attracts several thousand competitors and
takes place over three weekends in March/April.
|LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER CHARITIES: The Club generally feels it better
to support projects that help groups rather than individuals, so applications for
assistance from individuals are usually referred to other more
appropriate local charities. We are pleased to publicise the assistance
given in the Dudley area by the Parsons Charity and Baylies Charity which provide educational
assistance (for example for students to participate in academic,
artistic or sporting courses or events), and also the Dudley Charity, and Reginald Unwin Dudley Charity which help persons
suffering hardship. (Click on the links for details of each
and how to apply.)
AIMING FOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS: The Rotary Club of Dudley makes
annual awards at various local primary and special
schools to young pupils who
have been rated by their teachers as Best Achiever of the
Year. The prizes are awarded to boys and girls who have shown success
despite personal or family difficulties. Eight schools now take part in
RAISING to support community projects:
Although fund raising is not the primary purpose of the Rotary Club we
are pleased to have the generous support of the public for our fund-raising events, notably a visit by Santa Claus and his helpers
over several days at Christmas.
CENTENARY AWARD: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the Rotary movement in 2005 and the remarkable life of Dudley citizen
Bert Bissell, the club established a fund to give an annual Centenary
Award, now worth £2000, to a local organisation serving young people.
The 2022 Award went to YMCA Dudley to boost its Highland Road facility, which provides Housing Support for 11 young people and helps them job search and develop skills to achieve their life goals.
YMCA Highland Road Dudley
has produced a series of videos, with youngsters as their actors,
warning of the dangers of sexual predators in society. The videos have
been widely distributed to schools, medical practitioners, taxi
The other recipients:
The Young Ones theatre group / Side
by Side Theatre Group / Brooklands Amateur Boxing Club / Kids
Out project at Lye / Dudley
Young Carers / Priory
Park Amateur Boxing Club / Bethel Chapel Lye for its youth activities /
Dudley Hope / Black Country Wheels project/ Round Oak Robins
supporting bereaved children / Coseley Comets marching band /
Dudley Action for Children / Fens Pool Voluntary Association.