At Rotary, we are proud our members and volunteers have the opportunity to work with a number of partner organisations to make a difference.
More links are being created with the aim of helping our communities.
If you have an idea for a partner or just have query, please contact the Projects Manager.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Rotary and the Shakespeare Schools Festival share a common goal: to offer great opportunities to young people which help them to grow in confidence, abilities and self-awareness.
For a few weeks of the year, participants forget about the trials of life and create a performance of a work by Shakespeare. With help from their local Rotary club, schools have been able to embark on an incredibly exhilarating journey which brings them into contact with a unique playwright and see him in a different light. Classrooms, text books and homework are swapped for stages, scripts and creativity.
Rotary clubs support this programme by funding places for schools either through donations or helping the schools to raise the money themselves.
Hundreds of youngsters have treaded the boards up and down the country with their acting before a live theatre audience. The results are incredible. Increased self-confidence and a renewed energy to learn challenging topics (Shakespeare is not always an easy read!).
Rotary clubs can help by contacting your nearest high school and inviting them to discover Shakespeare through the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Rochester Bridge Trust
Rochester Bridge Trust, a not-for-profit organisation, has looked after the crossing in Rochester since medieval times
It is also committed to supporting engineering education and encouraging young people to learn more about civil engineering and bridge building.
Rotary’s Technology Tournament sets a challenge to school pupils each year. It could be building a bridge, create a way of carrying heavy goods or another engineering and maths based problem. Far being theoretical, teams have to build their solution and make it work.
Rotary and RBT are working together to expand the reach of the Technology Tournament through improved marketing materials at tech expo, The Big Bang Fair.
WheelPower and Rotary have developed a strong relationship devoted to helping people to achieve all they can and to understand that a wheelchair is not a barrier to success.
The spinal units at Stoke Mandeville, home of WheelPower, and across Great Britain and Ireland pave the way for people who need a wheelchair due to back injuries to become as mobile as possible through sport and exercise.
The psychological as well as the physical benefits are clear for all to see. Patients of the units discover new skills and are motivated to try sports, even where they have never attempted activities previously.
Rotarians can help by offering event support at the spinal unit games or other occasions. You can also raise funds for specialist kits.
WheelPower supports Rotary through guest speakers, expert advice regarding disabilities and sports and will help with events related to disabled sports. The knowledge offered by WheelPower can help Rotary clubs further understand and meet the needs of people in communities.
Royal Horticultural Society
As part of Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign, we have entered an exciting partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.
The partnership will allow Rotary clubs to join forces with the RHS’s community groups, like Bloom, and work in tandem to bring people together, transform public spaces to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing by planting millions of crocus corms.
This community ethos is a value shared by both Rotary and the RHS, and, with the purple crocus planting also helping the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign, we will together be adding a purple splash of colour and vibrancy to areas up and down the country.