The club works with groups like Portobello Timebank or the Friends of various parks to help improve the local community.

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Portobello Rotary is proud to be involved with projects which help the local community and tidying up the local parks and beauty spots is a practical way to help. Edinburgh Council provide the equipment and take away the rubbish.

This has been extended to tidying up the streets and the beach on a regular basis. In the club, we don't go all judgemental and complain about people letting litter drop; we just get a move on and try to make our community a bit more attractive.

A new community initiative is working with the British Red Cross to run pilot first aid courses specifically for elderly people or those who work with the elderly - tea and biscuits are also provided.

There's also monthly car boot sales at Newcraighall Station to raise money for charity. They're great fun - always different, always interesting, the last Sunday of each month March to October.

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