The Rotary Club of Wallasey was founded in 1928 - the first on the Wirral peninsula - and has given continuous service ever since to the community and beyond.
Nestling in the North East corner of the Wirral, Wallasey's history traces beyond the Doomsday Book (in which it is mentioned) to Viking times. Rotarians visiting the club, however, are assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome from its 40 or so members who play an active part in the local area as well as the District. The list of charities helped in the past (see Community Service Committee report at the side) will give a flavour of our work which also entails fun and enjoyment as a prime ingredient.
As part of the Club's celebrations to mark its 80th Year, many thousands of pounds were raised to create a patient and relative counselling facility in the new Victoria Central Health Centre. The gift will benefit patients, health centre staff and community health workers in the town. It is a specially designed and equipped facility, providing a quiet place for confidential conversations between health professionals and those in their care. The resource includes computer facilities and also provides, in the main atrium, a Self-Help Information Point. As well as high tech facilities, the room has been comfortably furnished with thoughtful touches like local artwork depicting the surrounding area, to give a familiar, safe and relaxed atmosphere.
Â£28,000 given to create a Centre for the Homeless
During 'Rotary Week', the Club were delighted to formally present the cheque shown to the Wirral Ark Project. The money had been used to buy, at auction, a former Pub and transform it into six studio flats. 'The Ark' is well known for its work with the homeless and for the homeless shelter in Sandford Street with this development moving their work on further.
Pictured left to right: Doug McCall, (President when most of the negotiations were taking place), Jill Bennett, (President in the final stages and the opening of the project) and Revd Robert Nelson, Chairman of The Ark.
We were fortunate to have, not only the Mayor of Wirral, CouncillorGerald Ellis, attending but District Governor Roger Heath and his wife Ann.
Roger said, Rotary is here for the community and there is no better demonstration of this than this project. The amount raised by Wallasey Rotary has been put aside over the years* and it is just fine to see it used in such a worthy project, a true example of our motto 'Service above Self'
Chief Executive officer Anne O'Mara said, 'The six studio flats we offer here are for the homeless people who may need longer term support. Access to their accommodation is separate from the ground floor where we have four key support workers, a counsellingroom, training room and a large kitchen which we use for teaching basic cooking and housecraft skills.'
*This money had been the accumulated capital raised at and supporting the Wirral Show over thirty three years.
Medical Equipment for Gambia
Read the Newspaper article here about this joint project between ourselves and the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve.
Each year during October Wallasey Rotary Club distribute around Wirral, Rotary Shoeboxes as flat packs. These are specially designed to enable people in this country to assemble and decorate as they wish, very much appreciated by school children, who can then fill them with suitable contents for which advice is given.
The two main reasons for these special packs are so that those wanting to fill shoeboxes don't have to hunt round for boxes when many others are doing the same but more importantly, all the boxes are of standard size and therefore they can be stacked more economically on pallets, saving on costs.
The classifications for the Rotary boxes are: CHILDREN toys:
HOUSEHOLD special boxes filled with many things, including what you may use from under the sink, with maybe a warm scarf and gloves etc. for an older person.
Delivery of boxes are organised by Rotary in trailers of 12000 at a time with the round trip being up to ten days and 3000 miles, by dedicated people, including Rotarians. They will be delivered to poor families in different regions, to orphans, and sick children in hospitals, old people in care and without many chattels.
The HOUSEHOLD boxes will go to places such as "Hopes and Homes" and families who have been persuaded to take their children back into the family, with maybe some financial help: to Foster Homes, who with aid take a number of children in and live as a family who receive a mixture of boxes.
As well as Romania and the Ukraine, boxes are now going to Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Click HERE to read the blog of Adam Jones, returned from Uganda with the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project. A very full and fascinating account of the time and expertise he has given to this brilliant project.
Click HERE to read the 'Blog' of our Youth Exchange Student, Daina Sidaras, who spent a year in Quebec, Canada.
In the next 30 days...
We meet on Thursdays at 1830
Hollins Hey Hotel
191 Victoria Road (Main entrance in Albion Street)
Wallasey CH45 0JY tel: 0151 691 1171