What We Do

We act locally & internationally

We are a social club who enjoy each other's company. We contribute actively within our community and on the international stage.

International Projects

We are a club that looks beyond its local community to the wider world. Rotary has various global themes that we engage with - the Polio campaign, disaster relief and rebuilding, as well as Scholarship programmes. In the last few years our global scholars have come from Japan to study Masters programmes giving us a great opportunity to find out about a different culture and make links with other Rotarians.

Overseas friendship links are very much part of Rotary. We have long lasting friendships with clubs in Bordeaux, Hannover, Stockholm and Porto with regular exchange visits. A more recent link with a club in Pokhara, Nepal arose out of our international projects to provide fresh water and rebuild schools damaged by earthquakes. We are always looking for new ideas for overseas projects and links so recently supported the building of a nursery school through the Bristol Nicaragua twinning association. Rotarians are always welcomed at other clubs throughout the world - a great way to make new friends and promote better international understanding and relationships.

Copa Sandino -
“Little House of Peace”

The preschool “Little House of Peace” was officially inaugurated in Puerto Morazan with a children’s marching band, majorettes and a piñata. The project was funded thanks to money raised at this year’s and last year’s Copa Sandino as well as generous donations from the Bristol and Clifton Rotary Clubs plus our Crowdfunder friends. Thanks to your support, the children no longer have to walk a long way to have lessons in a shrimp store-room and many more children will now sign up for the preschool.

We have been overwhelmed by people’s commitment and support on the ground and even the Nicaraguan Vice President spoke about the project and the links with Bristol live on Nicaraguan national radio last Friday.

The sector has no running water yet although tankers come in twice a week,  nor electricity but at least now they have a proper preschool. There are more photos on our Facebook page.Viva Nicaragua!

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Projects in Nepal

The Rotary Club of Bristol has had a long association with Nepal, involving projects primarily linked to education and clean water supply. A talk by Dr Tim Mitchell, a trustee of The Pahar Trust, and a fellow Rotarian, in 2010, was the catalyst for the ongoing support that we give.In that talk he vividly described conditions in this beautiful but impoverished country and the service that the Ghurkhas have given to the British Army for well over a century. Returning Ghurkha servicemen were the ones to highlight the desperate need for education and health support which was picked up and became The Pahar Trust. We were introduced to members of the Rotary Club of Pokhara in Nepal and from this have developed a continuing number of projects.

The International Committee continues to promote this link & club members make regular visits to Nepal to visit the projects. Our efforts in Nepal have inspired many other clubs within District 1100 to join us in the work in Nepal, and 3 health posts and one school have been built with contributions from other clubs. 

We are very grateful to them for this past and ongoing support and very proud that our current international Chair, Tim Mitchell, was honoured as a Rotary Champion of Change for his work to improve the lives of remote communities in Nepal.

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Local Projects

Youth Competitions

In conjunction with local schools we run the local heats for talented Young Bristolians for the Young Chef; Young Musician; Young Writer; Youth Speaks; & this year a STEM based technology competitions. After the heats we support the successful contestants progress to further heats, we have had several winners of National finals. We also help with Days Out & Holidays for disadvantaged children; Mock Interviews. In this Rotary year we will be looking to send a student on the RYLA (Rotary Young Leaders Award course).

Young Musician – a competition organised in conjunction with other Bristol Rotary clubs for school children 13-18 who are Grade 7 standard or above performing on any instrument or singing. 
Youth Speaks – A competition for Junior and Senior teams of 3 speakers from schools in Bristol who compete in a local competition in November.
Young Writer – A competition to encourage the development of imaginative writing skills. It is open to all students in full time education in three age groups: Junior, Intermediate and Senior section.
Young Chef – A competition for individuals to plan and prepare a 3-course meal for 2 people and present it to the judges.
Kids Out – As part of national Rotary Kids Out we take a party of disadvantaged children to visit Bristol Zoo. With their carers they visit the animals, enjoy face-painting, animal encounters laid on by staff at this wonderful zoological garden.

Community Projects

Know Your Blood Pressure: This event is run in conjunction with the Stroke Association and next year will be the 15th year that the Rotary Club of Bristol has run an event. The last session saw a team of volunteers, including doctors, nurses, Rotarians & Rotaractors check over 150 people’s blood pressure during the day. Several were recommended referral to their GP, happily there were no hospital referrals as has happened in the past.

Senior Citizen Concert - Last year saw the 55th Concert at the Colston Hall organised by The Rotary Club of Bristol. Tickets are free & the show is stage-managed & stewarded by club members. Sadly the concert is having to take a two-year break whilst the Colston Hall undergoes refurbishment, so watch this space for a re-launch in 2020.

Life Education Centres (LEC) - Members of our club are Trustees of the LEC which help children make healthy choices, giving them practical advice on health, drug & social media education through links with the PHSE curriculum in primary schools. The specially equipped mobile classroom visits schools in Greater Bristol.

Julian Trust -The club has supported The Julian Trust and its work for the homeless for many years in various ways. There are regular collections of items requested.

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Our UK & International Projects & Events