Sidcup Rotary Club
District 1120 RI Club No 19449
Vocational & Youth Opportunities
The major function of our Committee is to give help and assistance where we can to the Youth of the Sidcup area in ways that will improve their lives.
With that target in mind our current projects are:-
Our Youth Unemployment Project
For those youngsters already unemployed this is aimed at improving their employability and thereby increasing their chances of getting a job.
This is done through mentoring sessions in conjunction with Job Centre Plus in Bexleyheath.
For those still at school and yet to face the employment market we are pursuing the same objective of improving their employability through projects with our secondary schools, for both years 12 and 11.
To find out more please see the separate web page on this site by clicking here.
Our volunteers that run this project are all either ex - employers or have been responsible for running teams of people.
If you have a similar background, have the time and feel that you too could make a contribution towards helping these young people then don't hold back - get in touch!
Our Literacy Project
Literacy standards of Primary School pupils have been declining across the UK for a variety of reasons.
Our project is aimed at helping young children to get a good start at the very beginning of their school life by giving help in the schools to encourage them to read as soon as possible.
Our team started with a pilot scheme at one Sidcup Primary School. That proved successful and the team have been asked to continue on a regular basis.
Its something that's educational and fun for the children and rewarding for the team so its a win-win situation.
There are several more Primary Schools in our area and it will take more volunteers to be able to help them too.
If you have the time and would like to help then please don't be shy - get in touch! You will enjoy it.
ROSET - or to give it its full name The Rotary Club of Sidcup Educational Trust - has for many years now been giving financial help to young people in the 12-24 age group to participate in character building , educational or other positive activities including sport and performing arts, that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Take a look at the separate page on this site to learn more. Click here.
If you have or know youngsters who could benefit then please encourage them to get in touch. It could change their lives.
Bexley Young Musician of the Year Awards
The theatre at Townley Grammar School was packed to capacity on Saturday 3rd March when ten young people, all finalists in the competition to become Bexley Young Musician of the Year 2018* performed.
The Bexley Young Musician of the Year Awards is one of a series of projects for young people promoted by Rotary up and down the country. This particular event the 11th in the series in Bexley, is organised jointly by the four Rotary Clubs in the Borough, which are Bexley, Crayford, Erith and Sidcup, and culminates in a biennial Awards Concert.
The musicians had just eight minutes each to impress the judges with their skills at singing or playing an instrument. Entry was limited to musicians resident in, or attending an educational establishment within the London Borough of Bexley, and aged under 19 years on 1st September 2018. Instruments played included flute, clarinet, violin, piano and saxophone.
The winner was 15 year old pianist Alexander Lukov a pupil at Bexley Grammar School where he is studying for his GCSE examinations. He has attained grade 8 for both piano and violin and also plays the guitar. At school he plays in the Symphony Orchestra, String Quartet and the Big Band. At Trinity Laban he plays in the Sinfonia and a piano trio. He gained third place in the annual Mozart competition in Italy and gained silver medals in the Blackheath, Beckenham and Bromley annual music competitions. He enjoys gymnastics and studying choreography. His ambition is to pursue a career in music.
After the presentation of the Bexley Young Musician of The Year cup by the Mayor of Bexley Cllr Peter Reader, Alexander, from Plumstead said: “I was nervous and excited before the competition. It was really nice to be a part of it, and to hear all the other contestants perform. It really surprised me when I was announced as the winner, everyone else was so talented”. Each of the finalists received a cheque for £100, a certificate and a photograph to commemorate the event.
The Young Enterprise South East London Finals Evening was held at the offices of Linklaters Solicitors in the City of London on the afternoon and evening of the 20th April.
The aim of the Young Enterprise programme is to help the students in our schools to understand the rudiments of Business Enterprise – a life skill that they will need whether they are destined to be Employed – Owners of a Business or Investors.
The Rotary Club of Sidcup has been an active supporter of this initiative for the last 22 years through its Youth Opportunities Programme.
7 school companies from the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham made it through the challenging years schedule and reached Finals Evening. The standard was very high and the young people acquitted themselves extremely well by demonstrating an innovative and visionary approach through their business models.
President Norman presented the Club’s Award for the Best Business Report from a Bexley Team to – ‘The Man Can’ – from Bexley Grammar School.
The Man Can’ then went on to win the Best Company of the Year Award out of the 3 Boroughs. Their manufactured product was a Can which contained all of the accessories that a man would need and regard as essential if he was travelling. This was a very worthy winner and from a school that has been such a staunch supporter of Young Enterprise throughout all these years. The Man Can now moves on to represent the Borough at the East London Final.
Chislehurst and Sidcup Sea Cadets
The Sidcup Rotary Club has a strong relationship with the Chislehurst and Sidcup Sea Cadets. One of our members- Sandra Groombridge- is the Chairman of the unit’s Management Committee, and another – Alec McTavish – is a member of the Management Committee with responsibilities for fundraising.
Responsibility for instructing the cadets lays firmly with the commanding officer Alistair Roaf and his team of experienced instructors. The role of the Management Committee is to ensure that the Sea Cadet Unit has the right resources to operate efficiently; that safety requirements are met; and there are appropriate safeguards in place to protect the young people who attend.
One of our major projects is to re-roof the Cadet hut and to provide improved facilities within the hut for young cadets. Thanks to the generosity of funders (including the Harenc Trust and The Marine Society) we have recently secured the necessary financing to undertake the work over this summer. This is great news for the Chislehurst and Sidcup Sea Cadets.
And that's not all
Through the years other opportunities arise. Finding funds to help a young disabled boy compete at Boccia at National level. A drain on family funds for able bodied youngsters - doubly so for the disabled!
Finding a sponsor for Rotary’s Young Carers project. This provides weekends away during the summer on board the converted sailing barge 'Cambria' (look her up - she's gorgeous) - giving these youngsters back their childhood for a few days.
Those weekends cost in the region of £2000 each time - our sponsor paid for two weekends, lifting the cares off the shoulders of these youngsters for a short while.
If you would like to provide sponsorship or to contribute towards this amazing project then do get in touch. It’s so worthwhile.
Participating at a regional level in Rotary’s Emergency Response project which involves organising teams to work with emergency services and local councils in the event of serious emergencies. This can use the expertise of our members to free up the emergency services to 'get on with it'
Supporting the British Legions Poppy Day Appeal. This year on the 9th and 10th November our band of volunteers collected just short of £2000 for this cause from the generous folk of Sidcup. You may have seen us outside supermarkets in the area.From time to time we arrange trips of interest for our fellow club members.
A new development is our recently formed Sports Interest Group whose aim is to assist and encourage local people of all ages and abilities to participate and benefit from involvement in the full spectrum of sport.
This will require some serious fundraising
If you are keen to help people to develop through sport, or have fundraising capabilities then get in touch and get involved
Keeps us busy!
Judge Rtn Mark Gately with one of the winning team