PROJECTS AND CAUSES WE SUPPORT
English Conversation Clubs
English Conversation Clubs are run by Rotary Clubs in London in conjunction with Westminster City Council. They support those with English as another language to build confidence in social exchange with others in London, through managed conversation.
Sessions are led by a ‘Leader’ and supported by a ‘Buddy’ and consist of managed discussions, debates or activities which enable 6 – 20 participants to practice their English, learn new words and phrases, and better understand the cultural environment of London. Sessions are on a ‘Drop In’ basis for the participants, so there is no suggestion of a progressive course through the term. Leaders and buddies need not have any teaching experience, or be native English, but they should have clear spoken English and reasonable insight in to local culture.
The Rotaract Club of Westminster is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. They are sponsored by the Westminster International Rotary Club. Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. This effort starts at the community level but knows no limits in its outreach. They are a very international club with members from the UK, Romania, Germany, the US, France, and more! The Rotaract Club of Westminster conducts formal meetings on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the International Student House. The address is: 229 Great Portland St, London W1W 5PN.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. In it’s End Polio Now campaign, Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.
European Cluster Project
We were a founding member of a European Rotary Club Contact group consisting of the Berlin-Funkturm Rotary Club D-1940, Germany, the Bern Rosengarten Rotary Club D-1990, Switzerland, the Maribor-Park Rotary Club D-1912, Slovenia, and our Club. Together, we worked on global projects throughout the year and shared fellowship at least once a year at our Cluster Club weekend.
While we were in the cluster, we jointly sponsored several projects:
- a Rotary Global Grant project for the purchase of dialysis equipment to treat renal diseases in patients infected with HIV and for patients who cannot afford treatment in Bangalore, India, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bangalore Jeeevan Bima Nagar, D-3190, involving raising considerable funds
- supporting schools in the purchase of equipment and other resources for underprivileged school children in Maribor, Slovenia which was disproportionately impacted by the financial crisis
- supplying equipment to support mobility and developing a park area for the residents of a care home in Maribor, Slovenia
- supporting the creation of a vocational education and training center for young adults in North Thailand, with the aim of helping reduce youth unemployment and break the vicious circle of poverty, drugs and prostitution.
We recently left the cluster but we are actively working in joining a new cluster to continue our work at the European level.