ROTARY ROUND-UP: Get involved and help others in the community

Residents of Abbeyfield Care Home, Ferring, enjoy an ice cream with Worthing Steyne Rotarians on a recent walk along the coastal path
Residents of Abbeyfield Care Home, Ferring, enjoy an ice cream with Worthing Steyne Rotarians on a recent walk along the coastal path

This week, David Chapman, from the Rotary Club of West Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

Are you interested in volunteering to help others in the community?

Look no further because West Worthing Rotary Club offers you an amazing range of opportunities to get involved.

No matter what interests or skills you have and whatever level of commitment you are able to offer, there is bound to be something to interest you.

West Worthing Rotary Club believes that it is important to play a part in our local community and to particularly focus on those who are less fortunate.

The club recognises that there are many people who are disabled, elderly or, for one reason or another, find it difficult to join in mainstream social events, and we seek to assist them either through fundraising or participation in support activities.

Members of the club play darts with the residents of the Queen Alexandra Home and Hospital for retired HM forces personnel on a monthly basis, and also facilitates a group from the hospital to attend the popular annual music and entertainment concert given by John Mann at the Worthing Pier Pavilion.

Other club members visit Cornwall House, a residential home for the elderly in Ferring, on a fortnightly basis.

The residents are good company and we chat, play cards or go for a walk with the residents, and we also encourage them to join in the annual John Mann concert outing.

The club also supports Guild Care through various events, such as a Frugal Meal at Haviland House, a Guild Care home for dementia patients.

Rotarians pay their usual hotel rate for a simple, inexpensive meal and the balance, with proceeds from a raffle on the evening, are donated to Guild Care.

Club members are involved in ‘Let’s Loop Worthing’, a Hearing Loop Project designed to improve hearing loop facilities for the hard of hearing in public places, and to generally promote the use of hearing loops in the town and create greater awareness among hearing aid wearers and businesses, and the wider public, and to improve the provision of such facilities.

For many years club members have been part of a team in the recording of a fortnightly news CD/tape for the blind, called ‘The Voice of Progress’, serving Worthing and Littlehampton.

The service was originally founded by Rotarians and is now at the point of producing its 1,000th edition.

The club is also mindful of the young and seeks to encourage aspiration and attainment.

The club supports ‘The Tony Moore Award’ for pupils with special needs at The Lavina Centre, at Angmering School.

The award recognises special achievements in moving towards independence.

The club is also aware of the challenge of literacy and seeks to become involved with the literacy programme in local schools by listening to the pupils read.

A further club interest is community health.

The club supports the Sussex Air Ambulance, raising funds where it can and provides a ‘Blood Pressure Awareness’ tent at Worthing Rotary Carnival, in August, with trained personnel from our club.

Rotarians are also concerned about the urban environment and the appearance of our town and seek to enhance facilities where they can.

Thus there is enthusiastic participation in the annual seafront planting event each spring, organised by the Worthing Town Centre Initiative.

West Worthing takes responsibility for one of the 40 seaside flower beds, planting and maintaining it through the year.

Many local groups and charities approach the club for help, and we do support them where we can. We make a point of visiting various projects throughout the year to understand how they work.

If you would be interested in joining us in this work we would be delighted to hear from you.

You can get more information by contacting Trish Sullivan on 01903 503357 or emailing sullivan20@btinternet.com.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 262222.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 535900.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.