Community and Vocational

Rotary Youth Leadership Award - RYLA 

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and our District 1100 where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

Our RYLA event takes place at the Dean Field Study Centre in The Forest of Dean usually at the end of July each year. The five night residential course aims to improve the leadership skills of 40 young people aged between 16 and 18.

Feedback from participants of previous courses speaks for itself and can be seen by clicking here

Reservations are being taken for 2019 are being taken now. This course sells out, so apply as soon as you can. 

A website has been created to help Clubs recruit candidates and is at 

There is also  a video explaining the course click here to watch

How can I get involved?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact us to find out more about the next RYLA events, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.


Swift Inclusive Sports

For over 30 years our Club has supported Avon Swifts Disabled Sports Team (now rebranded as Swift Inclusive Sports) as the Avon represdentatives at the annual Rotary English Disabled Sports Competition held in Coventry. Sadly, however the games have now been cancelled.

Avon Swifts had also held an annual swimming gala in Bristol. Under the Swift Inclusive Sports banner Rotary support this event.  Swift Inclusive Sports now focus much of their activity on swimming. The charity provides general information of sporting activities for people with a disability, and it runs regular swimming sessions for the disabled and their families along with the Annual Swimming Gala.

For more information about the Gala and its history please click here.


Kids Out

For many years our club has supported Kids Out.

Rotary District 1100 uses the venue at Cattle Country, nr Berkeley, to provide a whole day entertainmnent for children with special needs.

Bristol Breakfast Club arrange for some 150 children from 5 Bristol Schools to enjoy this day in the countryside with many activities to keep them amused broken up by a superb picnic lunch.

We support Kingsweston Special School, New Fossway and The Bridge and Hengrove Learning Campus.


The Bridge Learning Campus

Our Rotary club has had a long relationship with the Bridge Learning Campus (BLC) at Hartcliffe for over 15 years. We are proud of this association as it is rather a unique place providing education and learning for children experiencing their first formal learning in nursery provision up to age 16 years when students leave having taken a full range of GCSE examinations. This an ‘all through’ school and the Bridge was the first of its kind in Bristol. The school is part of Trust in Learning Academies a multi-academy trust which supports other Bristol Schools providing direct support and challenge to ensure that its vision and commitment to its local community is achieved.

Recent academic research by University of Bristol shows a lack of opportunities for young people living in disadvantaged areas has resulted in stark differences in progression rates to higher education, ranging from 8.6 per cent in Hartcliffe in South Bristol to 100 per cent in Clifton in West Bristol.

 Historic and class-based factors further compound the situation, with young people from the more disadvantaged areas being less likely to receive good advice about access to higher education and related careers.

Furthermore, the majority of young people from the more disadvantaged areas of the city are likely to be the first in family to progress to higher education and even the first in their family to progress to post-16 education. Their families do not have the knowledge or contacts to help them navigate the system.

Leading this research Professor Ros Sutherland of the University of Bristol, said: "Bristol is considered to be a prosperous city with an educational system that on average performs well. In reality, Bristol has more areas categorised as being in the most deprived 10 per cent in England than other cities in the country, with stark differences in educational opportunities for young people depending on where they live".

Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club are proud of their association with Bridge Learning Campus We have supported pupils including the BLC to attend the annual ‘Kids Out’ event. More recently we provided the school with a commercial toaster (personally funded by Rotarians, Alan and Debbie Rogan)and £1500 for the current school year (£500 per term) to purchase bagels and foodstuffs each morning feeding some 90 children each school day who have not eaten before attending school. We have also supported the Harry Potter literacy project- including a trip to Harry Potter World to reward successful students on accelerated reading programme. This week we were pleased to provide a £1000 towards the school's Charter Programme.



Rotary and Shakespeare (Elmfield School for the Deaf)

Rotary is proud to partner with Shakespeare Schools Festival

Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) is the world’s largest youth drama festival, using a rigorous and supportive process to train teachers and young people in an active and ambitious way of working with and performing Shakespeare.

Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings in professional theatres. In 2016, over 30,000 young people will take to 131 stages from the length and breadth of the UK. Since 2000, SSF has changed the lives of over a quarter of a million children and their teachers.

Through SSF, young people change their attitude to learning. Their process instills curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self esteem with profound results in and out of the classroom. Their impact on disadvantaged children is particularly important. Every year, the charity strives to work with those from the hardest to reach backgrounds and with special educational needs.

We have supported  Elmfield School for the Deaf in Bristol. 



Rotary tackles homelessness in Bristol

Homelessness is on the increase in Bristol. The visible evidence is an increase of people on the streets, but that is only a fraction of the problem.

The person we see sleeping in a shop doorway or on a park bench hides the bigger picture: there are huge numbers of people staying with friends or ‘sofa-surfing’, who have no place they can call ‘home’. Based in the City Centre the members and supporters of Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club have decided to coordinate their fundraising and voluntary activities by helping to tackle homelessness in Bristol and you can get involved.

The number of homeless people in Bristol has risen by a shocking 128% over the past three years, according to statistics from Homeless Link. It now has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country. According to recent Government figures, 979 households in this city were accepted as being statutorily homeless in 2016-17 - one in every 197 households. That’s around twice the national average. We are a relatively wealthy city where most of us can sleep easily in the comfort of our own homes. Something is wrong when the tenth largest and third most affluent city in the UK has the second highest number of rough sleepers.

People become homeless for a variety of reasons including relationship breakdowns or being asked to leave by family. The loss of a job can mean that the rent is no longer affordable on housing benefit alone and can quickly lead to the loss of a person’s home. Other factors include alcohol or mental health issues, welfare reform, and domestic abuse.

These all contribute to a challenging mix of life events which can affect people from all walks of life. They could happen to any one of us, we may never know how close others are to becoming homeless. At the same time, council budgets across the country are being squeezed, and further cuts can be expected. The demand for suitable housing is in short supply.

Private rented properties have increased in cost whilst standards of repair have fallen. Reduced social housing stock is increasingly difficult to secure in new build schemes. The housing pathway for those who need Council support has blockages at every stage. We at Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club have recognised the need and have taken on tackling homelessness as one of our signature themes. In the past, we have provided funds and volunteers to local charities such as Independent People 1625 and Caring in Bristol particularly during the Christmas periods. Over the last few months, we have been involved with a number of projects.

Our 2018 and 2019 Dragon Boat Festival raised monies for Caring in Bristol to support their new hostel project at the Friend’s Meetinghouse, which will provide an extra 24 beds during this year. For further details on how to get involved see


In the meantime, if you have energy and enthusiasm and you or your business would like to get involved in tackling homelessness in Bristol do get in touch at


Young Musician

Thousands of youngsters take part every year in the various youth competitions organised by Rotary, which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior, intermediate and advanced age groups. 

 The Avon Rotary Young Musician competition organised in conjunction with other Bristol Rotary clubs are for school children 13-18 who are Grade 7 standard or above performing on any instrument or singing. 

 Heats are held at Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, Henleaze providing a most enjoyable musical evening at little cost.