Newsletter 56

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we entertained three guests at our breakfast meeting: Dinah Stanley and Alicia Jumman of Tomorrows People and Paul Tucker.

Breaking news!

Rotary’s president in Great Britain and Ireland has welcomed the UK government’s £100 million cash boost towards the global battle against polio.

Denis Spiller said he was proud that Rotary has been the catalyst for a worldwide campaign which, he believes, will help in the final push towards eliminating polio for good.

International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, this morning (Friday) announced the multi-million pound commitment from the UK, which will be channelled through the World Health Organisation to implement programmes of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Mr Spiller said, “This huge pledge from the UK government helps close the funding gap to a point where the end is now truly affordable and in our grasp. Polio will very soon be confined to the history books.”

“Polio will very soon be confined to the history books.”

Announcing the £100 million award, Ms Patel pointed out that the UK has been at the forefront of fighting global threats including polio. By making this push towards eradication by 2020, she predicted it will save 45 million children from contracting the disease.

“Polio has no place in the 21st Century. This devastating and highly infectious disease causes painful paralysis and is incurable – trapping the world’s poorest people in a cycle of grinding poverty,” explained the International Development Secretary. “The world is closer than it ever has been to eradicating polio for good, but as long as just one case exists in the world, children everywhere are still at risk.”

More about Tomorrows People

Tomorrows People mission is to empower people to build the skills and confidence they need to move into and succeed in work. Their vision is a future in which everyone is equipped to get and keep a job, and progress in their workplace. 

Tomorrows People provide intensive and personalised support for:

  • young people who have not made a successful transition into the work place
  • for adults who face complex barriers to getting and keeping a job
  • for students who are at risk of under-performing at school.

Tomorrow’s People was launched in 1984 with the aim of equipping unemployed people with the skills, confidence and motivation to get and keep a job. They have a strong culture of measurement and evaluation, frequently opening themselves up to external scrutiny to ensure high-quality outcomes and performance. 

On the frontline in local communities, they help young people to build their skills to meet the needs of local employers and the confidence, resilience and motivation needed in the work place.

Youth unemployment remains stubbornly high and a persistent problem across the UK. Tomorrow’s People believes that every young person should have the opportunity to make the most of their talents and contribute to their community.

Tomorrow’s People pioneers new ways of reaching the young people who have the most complex barriers to moving forward with their lives.

How do they achieve this?

  • Personalised and sustained support
  • Providing the skills local employers are looking for
  • Embedding confidence, resilience and determination
  • Focusing on performance by opening up our programmes to independent evaluation

87% of young people who complete our programmes get a job or training position or return to education. They run a  six-week course with a mix of group activities as well as one-to-one mentoring. The emphasis is on personalised planning and finding a job or training programme that is right for the individual.  

They run a  six-week course with a mix of group activities as well as one-to-one mentoring. The emphasis is on personalised planning and finding a job or training programme that is right for the individual.

The course includes:

  • Identification of personal issues and support needs
  • Motivation and confidence building
  • Working together and team challenges in the community
  • Building leadership skills
  • Learning to communicate in the workplace
  • Introduction to partner organisations
  • Visiting the workplace and professional environments
  • Work experience
  • CV writing sessions
  • Interview training 

To learn more look at

Visit Czech Republic hosted by Prague International Rotary Club

Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th October 2017

As you will know, Bristol Breakfast Rotary is twinned with the Rotary Club of Prague (International).  For the past few years we have organised and exchange between our two countries and this year it’s our turn to visit them.  These visits not only allow us to meet our fellow Rotarians and gain an insight into their projects and activities, but are also great fun!  They are extremely good hosts and all speak excellent English!

After spending the first night in a small hotel on the outskirts of Prague, on Friday morning our hosts will take us to of the South Bohemian UNESCO protected town of Cesky Krumlov (, described by Lonely Planet as;

“one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. It’s a little like Prague in miniature – a Unesco World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava River, an old town square, Renaissance and baroque architecture”

We will be stopping for some sightseeing and short walks on the way and will stay in a hotel in the area. Saturday and Sunday will be a mixture of sightseeing and walking.

If you are interested in joining the visit, please let me know, indicating whether your preference would be for longer more “serious” hikes or shorter walks, or if you would prefer mainly sightseeing.

This is a visit not to be missed!

Mary Whittington 


Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
If you'd like to come along to a Wednesday morning meeting please email us at

Anyone for (Real) Tennis?  

David Mander is arranging another real tennis tester session on Thursday 7th September from 18.00 to 21.00. If you'd like to have a go please contact David.

Please support a really fun evening. Elvis is Keith Davies, a strong Rotarian, who gives his time free so that Rotary clubs can raise funds. It is Bristol Rotary's centenary year and they are trying to raise vital funds for the "Meadow Vale" project (rebuilding facilities and services for a very deprived and poor part of the city).

So why not combine helping Rotary and have a fun night out!? We have a very good venue at The Redgrave Theatre in Clifton and due to Keith's generosity we can keep the price down to £12 a ticket.

Please could members buy some tickets - and also go further and help promote it. Elvis is very much Rotary target group and, as you can imagine, very popular with the ladies (and Keith plays to this in his act). There are plenty of fliers and posters which I can send or distribute to you. The flier pictured above uses the theatre as the point of contact but you can get people to come back to me on my email or call me on 07879 473438.

Jim Currie, Bristol Rotary Club

Here is an update on Southmead Hospital's next event for the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.  

This week they have launched the registration for the very first Amazing Abseil Adventure, where people are invited to abseil over 100ft down the side of our Brunel Building to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity.

Registration, up until the 21st August, is only be £25 and from the 22nd August the price will rise to £35. Once signed up, they ask people to raise a minimum £100 for the Charity.

For more details and to register please visit the website

Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club
Visit to The Bloodhound Project (Land Speed Car) Wednesday 16th August

£12 per head. For that you get a presentation about the land speed record, the Bloodhound car and project. You then get to see the car, up close and personal (photo's allowed) and ask questions about the project. There is also a chance to buy Bloodhound merchandise. The visit lasts about 2 hours.

Arrive 18:30 at Unit 3, Atlantic way, Avon Bridge Trading Estate, Avonmouth BS11 9QD.

For more details email:

The RC Severn Vale are organising a walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society on 3 September.

The Rotary Club of Severn Vale has chosen the Alzheimers Society as one of its main charities for 2017/18 and is organising a Memory Walk event in support of AS on Sunday 3rd September in Frampton on Severn.
Frampton is a beautiful village and walk participants will have the opportunity to see numerous sights along the famous Village Green and alongside the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The main walk is approximately 5 miles long and everyone is welcome to join in for a minimum donation of £5 per person. For those with young children or wanting a shorter walk, there will also be a 2 mile walk option.
To register please contact as below (to help us preparing refreshments etc) or you can register on the day with a cash donation at the Frampton Village Hall  (between 10am - 11am)
We would be delighted if you could join us.
Registration and enquiries to Clare Medland
Tel: 07770 302539