Many of us have chatted with Estelle Spring from Consett Rotary at our DBN meetings but how many of us know what Rotary does?  Estelle has kindly written an article about Rotary that we have uploaded to the DBN website.  You can read it in full by clicking here.

Here are some facts about Rotary:

  • The Foundation is the largest charity pot in the world.  Rotary boasts 1.2 Million Members and 35000 clubs.
  • Consett Club was established in 1942.
  • In 1979 Rotary began immunising 6 million children in the Philippines against Polio.  Rotary have funded and given 2.5 billion vaccines.

Some Projects Consett Rotary have led:

  • Crocus for Polio.  Part of purple for polio campaign.  Clubs buy crocus bulbs and plant in the community to support Polio Plus.  See loads in Shotley Bridge!
  • Christmas 2020 Rotary Consett organised and provided every child in a refuge to escape domestic violence in our District with a Toy Box worth £80.
  • Supporting food banks both as volunteers and with cash.
  • Currently delivering Connecting Youth through the Outdoors.  A mental health project involving therapists and wilderness education experts to try to avoid suicides.
  • Currently delivering Covid related mental health project for families with Young people with complex Special Needs.  Involving storytelling and music.  In partnership with Learning for Life.
  • Each year Rotary UK gives a day out to 35,000 children from challenging social and economic backgrounds.
  • Young Carers project in partnership with Derwentside College.  This involved helping Young Carers to cook nutritious and easy meals.

Change and development - how we can help RotaryEstelle told us: “Rotary is aware that it has to modernise and move into the 21st Century.  My view is that it would be an absolute tragedy to lose the network and experience of such an organisation.

"Consett Rotary is proud to be a member of DBN as we seek to learn from our modern business colleagues how to maximise our charity effectiveness.  Marketing our success and using digital methods to get the message across and to provide a professional profile is not our strength we have already learned a lot from being members.  We know that the DBN is a modern positive organisation which is an integral part of our community.  Rotary Consett has similar ambition”.

Estelle, The Rotary Club of Consett