ROTARY ROUND-UP: Youth activities a key part of club’s work

RYLA events challenge young people to develop leadership skills
RYLA events challenge young people to develop leadership skills

This week, Kim Woodley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

The Rotary Youth Speaks competition was an exciting event that started in November last year with Worthing Rotary Club hosting the first round of the competition.

In the intermediate section, held two weeks ago, Bohunt school presented an extremely competent speech on cyber bullying which won them first place and the chance to compete in the district round of the competition.

The standard here was even higher, but Bohunt delivered another very confident and clear presentation which resulted in Tom Sellens winning the cup for the best speaker of the day.

Youth activities are a key part of our work and we are pleased to be running the very successful 426Teens programme at Durrington High School, where Rotarians and other volunteers work to support youngsters who need some extra time to encourage them and help them find ways to develop their talents and interests.

We also sponsor one or two young people to attend the RYLA course each Easter.

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award – a fabulous five-day course based near Dorking in Surrey.

The young people attending the course will be challenged to develop leadership skills, gain confidence and improve their problem solving and communication skills.

A visit to Chessington through the Rotary ‘KidsOut’ project will give a group of disabled youngsters a fun-filled day at the theme park.

This will take place in June and we aim to take pupils from Palatine School on an all-expenses paid day out.

If you have ideas of how we can get more involved in our local community then come and join us at our meeting one Monday lunchtime.

We would love to welcome you and explore ways we can work together to help make Worthing an even more exciting place to live.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

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

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