Service Projects

Each year, the Service Projects Committee is allocated around 15% of Swimathon proceeds to use for general charitable purposes. Our priorities are to support those with special needs, those seeking to develop their skills, and enterprising individuals.

We are involved in five regular projects

Lend-a-Hand Day

Help for older people

Kids Out

A trip to Legoland for students of Redway School

Christmas Panto

Theatre trip for young carers

Rotary’s Young Musician

Club-supported competition

Schools’ Technology Tournament

Club-supported competition

Latest from Service Projects

Our Youth in Action

In recent weeks, at our regular meetings at lunch-time on Mondays, Rotary Club of Milton Keynes has had short talks from three young people whom we’ve helped to support on overseas assignments.

MK resident Praise Izinyon, who recently completed a masters degree in Public Health at Imperial College, returned from working for six months in rural Tanzania as a team leader on an International Citizen Service project that involved promoting clean water and improved sewage disposal. On 20 November, she gave us a really outstanding presentation of her Tanzanian experience. She hopes for a future career in public health, preferably in Africa.

 

Sharon Graham and Liz Payne, who also live in MK, qualified as midwives earlier this year after studying at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus. They spent time in the summer working in maternity facilities in Uganda funded by the charity Help Hoima. On 11 December they gave us a lively account of their experiences. They have now settled into their first midwifery posts in the UK and hope to be involved again with Help Hoima’s work in the future.

And we respond to requests for help, for example:

Planting trees at Milton Keynes’ Special Needs Advancement Project (SNAP)

 Contributing to the travel costs of a group of five young women from Denbigh School who have won a place in the international finals of a schools technology challenge in Abu Dhabi.

Contributing towards the cost of a storage facility for First Middleton Scouts and to new tents for Milton Keynes District Guides.
Helping South Central Ambulance League of Friends to provide equipment for their Community First Responders.
Making a donation to a national cancer charity to provide respite breaks for Milton Keynes children.
Purchasing track suits and waterproofs  for Romans Field School leavers’ residential weekend.
Helping a number of young people who’ve been selected to take part in government-sponsored voluntary service projects overseas to raise their share of the cost.

Funding the materials to enable a volunteer local carpenter to build a bookcase for Olney’s Cowper and Newton Museum.

 Joining in “Cakes for Kids”, a community project that won the Guinness record for the longest line of cupcakes and raised money for children’s charities.

When we can’t afford to do something on our own, we are always keen to work collaboratively with other local Rotary clubs. This, for example, enabled:
The Mobility Trust to purchase a specialised wheelchair for a Coffee Hall resident.
MK Act (formerly MK Women’s Aid) to commission substantial repairs to the home of one of their clients.

Testimonials

Thanks again for helping us to get to Uganda!

Just a quick note to say we are back safe and sound from Uganda. We had an amazing trip! Liz and I would love to meet up and tell you all about it. Thanks again for helping us to get there. It was an unforgettable experience.

Sharon Graham

Trainee Midwife

It was absolutely brilliant, a wonderful show!

What a fantastic time we all had at the panto last night (oh yes we did!). It was absolutely brilliant, a wonderful show. Thank you on behalf of all the young carers. You could see (and hear) how much they enjoyed themselves. Even the shyest were up and dancing at the end of the night … The organisation this year was fantastic: Stantonbury theatre really looked after us. Thank you for organising the whole thing and for the ice creams in the intermission – that really makes it special for the young carers.

Caroline, Bryony and Helen 

Young Carers MK

Our tenants have loved the flowers

The plants you put in for us have been a mass of colour and the choice of a centrepiece has been the crown:  it has produced four stems with at least eight heads of red flowers on each. Thank you again. Many of our tenants have had a lot of pleasure from the flowers.

John Yelland

Chair of Residents’ Association, Kilkenny House

Two new computers

Thank you for your generous donation to help provide two new computers in the office. We’re delighted that we can upgrade our equipment and I know our volunteers will be pleased to say goodbye to our slow outdated PCs and work on shiny fast new ones in the New Year.

Mel, Roger and the Trustees Living Archive MK

Really Happy Occasions

We are very grateful for your donation to make our drumming party and train day possible. Both were really happy occasions.

Carers MK 

It’s changed our lives!

Thank you so much for sorting out the fencing of our back garden.  It’s changed our lives.

Resident whose partner has mental health problems

 

Residents are delighted!

There are 150 people living in our flats and most don’t have computers of their own. These days it’s vital to have access to a computer to write CVs and search for jobs and also for young people who are looking for housing. Many young people also use social media to stay in touch with friends and family. Our old computers were very slow and there weren’t enough of them – but they were still used regularly. The Rotary Club donation has allowed us to replace them with new ones. Residents are delighted.

James Kelly

MK YMCA Housing Support Officer