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

Early feedback from the 2016 course suggests that it was another success.  Reservations are being taken for 2017 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.

Envision - the Community Apprentice Award

During the past year the Club has been involved with the charity Envision. We have acted as mentors for young people from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College participating in the Community Apprentice Award.

What is Community-Apprentice?

Loosely based on the TV series, The Apprentice, Community-Apprentice is an inter-school competition, which requires young people to develop, and crucially demonstrate, the competencies most valued by employers. There are, however, five crucial differences:

  • Teams of young people compete to make the biggest difference to their community, rather than profit.
  • Young people can only compete, and win, as a team. Because of this emphasis, a local leader plays Lord Sugar’s role with responsibility for the quality of life in the city.  In Bristol for example, the role is taken by elected Mayor Marvin Rees.  
  • We're also looking for different traits to those celebrated on the TV programme. These include empathy, communication, resilience and problem solving.
  • Unlike the TV programme where Karen and Nick are there to spot failings, every team has their own ‘Karen and Nick' to support them. These are volunteers drawn from our Rotary Club and local companies (click here to get involved) who help students reflect on their experiences and evidence their skills development.

Avon Swifts Sports Club

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

Avon Swifts have also held an annual swimming gala in Bristol. We as a club also support this event. The Swifts have reorganised and 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 entertiamnent for children with special needs.

Bristol Breakfast Club arrange for some 130 children from 4 Bristol Schools to enjoy this day in the countryside with many activities to keepo them amused broken up by a picnic lunch.

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


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.

This year we are supporting Elmfield School for the Deaf in Bristol which has 24 pupils to participate in the SSF. 



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.

  • In October 2017, in conjunction with several other Rotary Clubs in the Bristol area, we collected money at the Moscow State Circus.
  • In late 2017, we made a donation to help to fit out some of the hostel accommodation in the new Bristol YMCA hostel.
  • Over Christmas, members have helped with supermarket collections to raise money for Caring at Christmas. We have two further fundraising events arranged for later this year
  • On 24th May 2018 we are holding our 12th Annual Charity Golf Day.

This year it will be raising monies for Crisis Centre Ministries and other Rotary charities; Crisis Centre Ministries has been working in Bristol for over 30 years, dedicated to helping those with life-disrupting problems, such as homelessness and addiction, to enjoy a healthy independent life. For further details contact Mary Whittington on

  • On 10th June 2018, we will be holding our 17th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and will be raising 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. This year the final concert was held on 2nd February 2018 at Redland Hall at Redmaids High School, Bristol. 

 The winners were pupils of Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, Bristol. Max Li (year 10) won the competition while Alice Rivers (year 12) came third. Both gave exceptional performances in a closely fought contest, which was appreciated by all those present in the audience.