Making a Difference
Ferndown & Parley Rotary was formed in 2016 and is now a thriving charity with various local projects. Please have a look at some of our programmes and see if you would like to get involved.
The Focus of Our Efforts
The first National Rotary KidsOut Day took place in 1990 and since then it has turned into the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK. With more than 28,000 children participating in 2019, the National Day Out is run nationally in conjunction with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and is always on the second Wednesday in June.
Every year, Ferndown & Parley Rotary sends a bus full of delighted children and their caregivers to a local destination such as Paultons Park, Marwell Zoo, or Adventure Wonderland. If you want your child to be a part of this programme, please have your school contact us.
We will continue to help in other Clubs' or organisations' fund raising efforts by, for example, providing teams for quizzes, helping out at events, marshalling runs/bike rides etc. Also help with the operational aspects of organisations, for example, listening to children read in schools to helping maintain Life Education Wessex mobile classrooms.
We support a number of activities designed to help to encourage teenagers to develop their skills, self-esteem and enjoy themselves in the process. Our aim is to build on our successes with schools in their engagement with Rotary competitions, e.g. Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Writer and the Technology Tournament. We will continue to support the funding of young people in Rotary support weekends, e.g. Young Carers and Young Leadership Award (RYLA). We will look for ways to diversify our support for children and young people, especially working in partnership with the local authority and charitable organisations.
We collaborate with Ferndown Upper School; if you attend this school and are interested in our programmes, please contact us.
New Generations Service Exchange
New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.
Rotary invests more than $7 million a year in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.