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Rotary Update

Volunteering is good for your Mental Health!

Volunteering opportunities: Our Rotary group has been volunteering at the Hampshire Court Hotel, marshalling patients and car parking for the vaccination programme. The Fire Station has also opened for vaccinations with its own volunteers. Basingstoke Voluntary Action is coordinating volunteering opportunities at both centres. See link to volunteer: www.bvaction.org.uk/vaccination-programme-volunteering/. We are also helping Spotlight UK Basingstoke and Inspero with the delivery of food deliveries to vulnerable people in the borough.

The gift of time is something that costs very little and can bring unexpected rewards to the giver. At the moment it is the NHS and other Covid 19 needs that are providing opportunities to volunteer. All charities also need volunteers and you don’t have to make a huge commitment. Help for just one event or possibly for just a few hours. Giving your time may also be chatting to an elderly person; you may be the only person they speak to all day. If you want to meet new people volunteering is a great way of doing it; rewarding and great fun.

As a club, until we can meet in person we’re meeting each week on Zoom. Zoom has given us the opportunity of some excellent speakers who join us from the comfort of their own home.

What is Rotary?

Rotary is about helping communities, both local and internationally through our network of clubs with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. It is a non-religious and non-political organization, comprising both men and women who enjoy working together for good causes and also enjoy socialising together. As Rotarians we do some fantastic work each year whilst having fun and raising money which enables us to donate it to more than 20 local and a few international causes, including locally, Mencap Basingstoke, Besom and Helping Hands for the Blind and many more.

Rotaract in Basingstoke

Having fun while giving back! Want to volunteer with a group of friends but weren't sure where to start? Can you share your skills or some of your time to give back to others? Now is the perfect opportunity.

Rotaract is starting a pilot club for you to...

• Make friends and network

• Make a difference - help others

• Widen horizons

• Support local good causes

• Develop as a project leader

• Link with charities and with business

Rotaract is a younger part of Rotary. Like Rotary, Rotaract is non-political, non-religious, inclusive, diverse and a catalyst for getting things done both locally and globally. Interested? Aged in your 20s or 30s - then get in touch to join a small pilot group to exchange ideas and move this initiative forward. Exciting times ahead!

To find out more...Contact Rotarian Chris Flemming: Rotaract@bl-rotary.org, mob 07942 471526.

If you would like to find out more about how we enjoy ourselves, just tune in to www.rcbd.org.uk to see what we have coming up, or contact Helen or Paul (Helen Ricketts: helen@highpathway.co.uk, or Paul Temple: tempaul45@gmail.com) to find out more. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Facebook: @RotaryBasingstokeDeane, Twitter: @RBstokeDeane.

Lindy Richardson