I am pleased to have got involved with the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland’s partnership with Carers UK, and I am keen that Rotary recruits more club ambassadors.
What inspired me to get involved was listening to some of the excellent first series of Rotary togetherTalks organised by Rotary magazine editor, Dave King and Rotary International Director Nicki Scott.
There, the theme was clearly stated: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change: across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
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I hope that the late Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram- Moore who gave one of the Rotary togetherTalks might get involved. Hannah recognises the importance of carers from when they helped look after her mother.
Perhaps we might see the annual Captain Sir Tom Moore’s Award for inspirational unpaid carers.
I attended a very informative webinar on the partnership and volunteered to be the District Lead for District 1120, which covers 72 Rotary clubs stretching from south-east London, along the Kent and Sussex coasts, and which also includes Gibraltar.
Attending that webinar was the then District Governor, Brian Dunne, and Rotarian Ian Wright from Dover Rotary Club with his expertise on mental health.
Together we are working with some very talented people in District 1120 and across the UK. Recently, I have joined the National Team as Cheryle Berry’s deputy in one of her many roles as UK Partnership Nations Lead.
The late Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired a nation in the darkest depths of COVID-19 by walking 100 laps of his garden and raising £32 million for NHS Charities Together.
You can be inspired by him and help unpaid carers by making them aware of Carers UK and linking Carers UK with local charities and support groups.
I would encourage fellow Rotarians to get involved as a Club Ambassador for the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and Carers UK Partnership.
It can take as little as an hour a month and you can share role with others.
Go on, give it a try!