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 recently.

We supported the Friends of Morazán so that they could purchase Montessori Method teaching materials for the "Casita de la Paz" preschool

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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.
Young Technology - This competition requires students to apply their knowledge of STEM subjects to solve a specific design & construction challenge.
Young Photographer - a competition for 11-13 & 14-17 year olds to submit a group of 3 photographs on a given theme which is issued each July.
If you are interested in any of these Youth competitions, contact the Bristol Rotary Club through this website.

Community Projects

Know Your Blood Pressure: This event is run in conjunction with the Stroke Association and the Rotary Club of Bristol. Although many people now have their blood pressure checked regularly by their GP, or do it themselves, we identify people who seemed to have unexpectedly high blood pressure & recommended that they visit their GP in the next few days. Some are recommended to have a further check done in the next month.

Senior Citizens' Concert - in 2017 Bristol Rotary Club organised the 55th of these annual concerts at, what is now known as, the Bristol Beacon. These concerts are variety shows specifically aimed at Bristol's older citizens. Tickets for these events are free & the show is stage-managed & stewarded by club members, with local performers giving their services free. Sadly, the concert is having to take a break whilst the Bristol Beacon undergoes refurbishment. Watch this space for a re-launch of the annual concerts whenever the venue re-opens!

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. www.lifeeducationbristol.org.uk
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.

Volunteering

Club Members support many charities in many ways - as well as those mentioned above here are a few other examples:

The Shannon Trust
: A charity which supports, trains & inspires prisoners who can read to teach those who can't. Through peer mentoring they enable people to unlock the power of reading, transforming the lives of thousands of men & women each year. www.shannontrust.org.uk

Read Easy Bristol:
A charity which helps people in the community learn to read. They use the same manuals
as Shannon Trust. www.readeasy.org.uk

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre: The centre features information & exhibits of the history of Brunel's bridge & it's construction, as well as running tours & school trip educational activities. www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/visitorcentre

Milestones Trust: Charity supporting people with learning difficulties & mental health needs in Bristol. www.milestonestrust.org.uk

SOFA Project Bristol: A charity which trains & employs disadvantaged persons & ex-offenders to collect & renovate furniture & other household goods which are then supplied to people in need, a strong emphasis on recycling & re-using materials that would otherwise go to landfill. www.sofaproject.org.uk

BCFM Local Radio Station: A local award-winning Community Radio Station - now 11 years old. www.bcfmradio.com

If you would like to know more, you can be put in touch with a Bristol Rotary Club member through this website or visit the organisations website. If you are interested in any of these Youth competitions, contact the Bristol Rotary Club through this website.

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