Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is joining a host of household names, including the NHS and the Scouts, and local community organisations in supporting a new coalition.
The /Together coalition is designed to unite organisations nationwide in order to bring people together and bridge divides, to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.
Rotary clubs, members and volunteers are among the most active groups in their communities, with a rich history of coming together as a force for good, be it through fun events or life-changing projects. Community is at the heart of what Rotary is about.
In the face of a new reality and unknown challenges ahead, society is also experiencing a rise in loneliness, inequality and divisive debate.
But the scale of the challenges we face have the power the bring us closer together. The events of 2020 have shown the need to be grateful for what we have, be thankful to people putting themselves at risk to support others and think about how we can reconnect with families, friends and neighbours.
We are encouraging everyone to get involved in /Together, and the national conversation about what unites us, divides us and what could bring us closer together.
You can share your thoughts in /Together’s online survey, which is asking those big questions.
/Together is also running the Christmas/together initiative, which is a partnership with the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and other voluntary organisations to combat loneliness during the festive season.
Your contribution can be a gesture as easy and as simple as reaching out to someone who’d like to hear from you on Christmas Day, to make sure they don’t feel alone. It could be a friend, family member or neighbour.
For those who are able, there are also NHS Volunteer Responder roles to support those who feel isolated over Christmas and the winter season.
To find out more about the /Together coalition, visit their website.