Service

A major part of a Rotarian’s commitment is service to the community.

This service ranges from supporting local needs, through giving time to help or money to buy necessary equipment, through to helping people throughout the world suffering from disease, poverty and lack of education, not forgetting major disasters.

In financial terms, our club raises around £10,000 each year.

But Rotary is not just about money.  Our members give many hours of their time using their skills to support our plans.

Typically, 70% of our efforts go to trying to satisfy the needs of our local community with the balance going to national and international needs.

Local

In recent years, locally we have, amongst other things :-

  • Set up SAFeR Steyning, the Steyning Area First Responders Trust and are still heavily involved in its finance and management
  • Provided funds to St. Barnabas Hospice and Chestnut Tree House
  • Provided funds and equipment to Chanctonbury Playscheme, an organisation providing respite care for children with special needs and their families
  • Helped the Special Task force, a Youth Organisation in Steyning for young people (12 – 25) with and without disabilities and additional needs, by sponsoring Duke of Edinburgh Awards and First Aid training
  • Supported and encouraged youth through close contacts with local schools, scout groups and other organisations sponsoring students on personal and skill development activities including leadership courses, sponsoring an award through the Steyning Millennium Trust and overseas visits.
  • Helped students to set up an Interact Club at Steyning Grammar School.  This is, in effect, a junior Rotary Club for 17 - 25 yr olds which is run by themselves, with help from us when requested.  It maintains the same philosophy and aims of any Rotary Club. 
  • Helped to make life more comfortable for the elderly and infirm through meeting socially for bingo, darts, carol singing and general support
  • Organised a Carol Service at Lancing College Chapel with the Salvation Army to help support their work in our area
  • Organise street collections for other charities e.g. Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Organised food parcels for needy families in the area.

In addition, many of our members are active members of local organisations giving their time and talents to support our community.

International

Africa

In recent years we have supported two international projects in Africa. The organizers of these projects are known personally by members of the club, which minimises the risk of funds being diverted away from their intended cause.

We have:

  • Made significant donations to the Pokot School project in Kenya, sponsored by Upper Beeding Primary School and Upper Beeding Baptist Church

  • Made significant contributions to the Abesu Project in Zambia, a project that enables abandoned women and children to rebuild their communities

Polio eradication

We make an annual contribution to the Rotary International project (nearly successfully completed) to rid the world of polio.

Disaster relief

In response to international emergencies, we have:

  • Supplied shelterboxesaqua boxes and other similar equipment to countries suffering major disasters: both organisations were set up by Rotarians in the UK.  Depots around the world are kept at readiness by Rotary funding, to enable a fast response as and when required.  ShelterBox tents are pictured in one of the Home page banners.
  • Organised street collections for disasters eg. the Asian Tsunami, Haiti earthquake, the ShelterBox Syria Appeal and Typhoon Hayan for which we donated a new fishing boat.