Charities we support:
The Rotary Club of St Neots is registered with the Charity Commission as ‘The Rotary Club of St Neots Benevolent Fund’. Number 206923, for the purpose of fundraising.
Our charitable objects are:
‘For the benefit of distressed persons and to or for the benefit of such charitable institutions, societies and objects as the trust shall from time to time direct.’
Not only do we raise funds for charities worldwide, several of our members are very much personally involved in the running of various charities and not-for-profit organisations – in particular the following:
In St Neots
Hospice at Home provides practical, social and emotional support to sufferers of life limiting, progressive illness and to their carers.
You can read more about their work by clicking on the logo, which will take you to their website (opens in a new window).
A former member of St Neots Rotary Club founded the charity and, today, six of the seven trustees, including the Chair and Treasurer, are members of the Club.
The Rotary Club of St Neots also supports Hospice at Home Volunteers with an annual donation of at least £500.
St Neots Volunary Welfare Association runs the Community Centre in Church Walk, which houses St Neots Day Centre.
The Day Centre, open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10am to 3pm, is for elderly people in need of a bit of support. Run by professional staff, it offers a safe and comfortable environment in which attendees can enjoy a variety of stimulating activities, an excellent mid-day meal and a chat with friends.
On Thursdays the VWA runs a Lunch Club for the more able elderly.
The vast majority of funding for the Day Centre is supplied by Social Services, based on client numbers, so St Neots Rotary Club does not need to donate money. However, Rotary Club members help on a regular basis, with painting, decorating, repairs and the like. Five Rotarians are on the management committee.
St Neots Talking Newspaper
Registered as a charity – Huntingdonshire Talking Newspaper (St Neots District) – in 1979 and currently led by a former Rotary Club of St Neots member, the Talking Newspaper supports the visually challenged, by recording extracts from the local newspapers and distributing cds around St Neots and the surrounding villages. Current members of the Rotary Club of St Neots are very much involved in the project. Two are trustees and others provide practical assistance. Further volunteers, to operate the recording equipment, are always welcome.
Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia (REPOD) – Coffee Pot Memory Café
One of our club members was instrumental in developing the St Neots Memory Café when a previous venture (operating under the wing of the Alzeimer’s Society) was under threat of closure. The café provides a meeting place for those suffering from memory loss and for their carers, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, between 11 am and 12.30 pm, at Berkley Street Methodist Church. There are also ‘Musical Memories’ at Peppercorns Music Academy on 4th Wednesdays and a ‘Pay-as-you-dine’ lunch on the 1st Wednesday of the month at The Wheatsheaf, Perry. View the poster or call 01480 219925 or 472495 for more information. Please note that carers must accompany those suffering memory loss or dementia.
The day-to-day running of the café is carried out by the ladies who started the first club and St Neots Rotarian Rob Murray. Other Rotarians from The Rotary Club of St Neots and St Neots St Mary’s Rotary Club are involved and both clubs provide financial support.
Two members of the Rotary Club of St Neots are trustees of the museum and we have recently provided funds for a youth project.
In Mombassa, Kenya
One of the members of our club, Sally Harrison, set up Little Faces Schools, in Kenya, following a holiday to Mombassa in 2011, where she met the couple who ran a school for 35 children from very poor families. It was in a rusty tin shack with extremely limited facilities. Sally felt she must help and initially arranged to send out various supplies and then set about raising funds to build something much more suitable and to provide proper training for the teachers. The first school to be built in stone was erected in 2012 and land is currently being purchased for a second.
Take a look at Sally’s presentation for more details of the project.
Little Faces Schools is now a charity and, apart from Sally, two other members of St Neots Rotary Club are trustees.