Helping Compton Care

There aren’t many people in Wolverhampton who haven’t been touched by the wonderful work of Compton Care.

For over 40 years they have been providing specialist palliative and end of life care to patients, and support for their families, helping them to navigate every aspect of life with a life limiting condition.

Rotary has been involved with the work of Compton Care since its earliest days and helped to fund the initial fit out of the Hall for use as a care facility for patients with terminal illnesses.

Government funding alone won’t cover the ongoing cost of providing its services to patients free of charge and as a result the organisation continues to rely on donations from the community.

Thanks to your support of our Christmas collections we’ve been able to make a donation to help Compton Care with these costs so that it can continue to offer an outstanding level of service to both patients and visitors.

Follow the link to make a donation to support their continuing work – https://www.comptoncare.org.uk/donate/

Supporting the Mayor of Wolverhampton’s Charitable Fund

Each year the Mayor of Wolverhampton selects a number of local charities to support – providing the chosen charities with practical help as well as raising their profile in the City.

Over the past 10 years, Mayors have raised over £300,000 for various local charities.

This year Mayor Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre has chosen to support:

The Haven – a charity providing a range of services and activities including safe accommodation to support women and children in the City.

Give Us A Break – a small, volunteer-run charity dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of young people with complex disabilities and their families by creating inclusive and memorable experiences for them.

Wings & Paws Animal Rescue – a voluntary animal rescue run by local animal lovers working to ensure any neglected, stray, feral or unloved animal will get the best chance at finding a forever home and a better life.

We’ve made donation to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund to help the work of the volunteers running these local good causes – you can show your own support for the Mayor’s charities by donating to the Fund here

Ukraine – two years on

As we saw the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine members of the Club joined with representatives of the local Ukrainian community at a service hosted by the City Mayor in his parlour to remember those who have died and those who continue to bravely defend their nation.

From the first days of the invasion Tettenhall Rotary has been providing practical aid to those impacted by the invasion with donations of essential equipment including large diesel generators, portable power stations, food, medicine and clothing.

Two years on that support continues with our latest donation to help buy replacement supplies for a school in Lviv which was recently hit by Russian missiles.

With no quick end in sight our fundraising to continue our support for those bravely resisting Russian aggression continues with one half of the proceeds of our charity Golf Day on the 7th June this year to be used for Ukrainian relief efforts.

You can help support our work by entering a team in the Golf Day, by donating a complimentary round of golf, by providing items as playing or raffle prizes, by sponsoring a tee, by sponsoring the event or by making a donation now at http://tettenhallrotary.org.uk/donate.

To enter the competition email us golf@tettenhallrotary.org.uk.

Supporting the Friends of Di’s Kitchen

We’re continuing our support for the work of the Friends of Di’s Kitchen a local charity, operating out of the home kitchen of one of its selfless volunteers, that is helping to feed people in need across the city of Wolverhampton.

The charity is named in honour of Di Henry who, before her passing, ran Tab’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen based at The Tabernacle Baptist Church in Whitmore Reans. Di passed away in 2018, but some of the volunteers who worked with her were determined to continue her good work.

The Friends of Di’s Kitchen now serves nutritious three course meals and distributes food bags to families each week as well as providing emotional support to those in need. Since 2020 over 88,000 meals have been prepared and delivered – with 33,470 people helped in 2023 alone.

In the run up to Christmas we made a donation to the charity which helped them distribute over 800 Christmas meals to their guests and following the success of our Christmas collections we have now been able to donate a further pallet of food which has been used to help feed families over the half term period.

The Friends of Di’s Kitchen are a great example of the power of volunteering and the difference it can make to the people of Wolverhampton

Helping the work of the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre

Rotary has always recognised the powerful difference which can be made when local people work together -putting service before self – for the benefit of their community.

Over the years members of the City’s Rotary Clubs have translated this into action and have been involved in the foundation and operation of many local charities including the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre.

For over 30 years the Centre has been supplying Oxygen Therapy and other Physical and Mindful Therapies for the Wellbeing and Support of those suffering with the physical and psychological effects of both long-term debilitating conditions such as MS and short term traumas. Many of the Centre’s services can only be provided as a result of the assistance of a committed group of trained volunteers.

We greatly appreciate the help which the volunteers from the MS Centre give each year to our Christmas Santa Sleigh and with thanks for their help and in recognition of the Centre’s important work we have, thanks to the generosity of your donations, been able to make a further donation to help its work.

Saluting our Army Cadets

Without the help of the Perton Detachment of the Army Cadet Force Christmas wouldn’t be quite as happy for thousands of children in Wolverhampton.

Each year the Detachment Cadets, their Officers and Adult Instructors devote hundreds of hours to helping our Rotary Santa Sleigh visit children in neighbourhoods around the City – bringing a little bit of extra Christmas magic with it.

A major part of the training for any cadet is citizenship training and through participating in community projects like our annual Santa Sleigh cadets build an understanding of how a community functions and the difference that they can make.

Membership of the Army Cadet Force gives cadets a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, discipline and self-confidence to help equip them for life. You can find out more about joining or volunteering with the Army Cadet Force here – https://armycadets.com/

We’re massively grateful for all of their help and thanks to your support we’ve been able to make a donation to the Detachment to help support their activities through the year.

Supporting The Well Food Bank

Your support for our Christmas and Grand Slam of Darts collections has enabled us to make a further donations to support the work of The Well Food Bank as part of our Club’s ongoing efforts to support local charities and good causes.

The Well is a local Christian based charity that provides food and other essential items to families and single people struggling to buy food and other essentials. Since the project started in 2006, The Well’s volunteers have delivered food and toiletry parcels to over 100,000 people and thanks to your support are delivering food parcels to over 120 homes each week.

Small Grants available for Local Groups

Wolverhampton’s four local Rotary Clubs and the James Beattie Charitable Trust have teamed up to offer small grants to local groups.

We’ve got a fund of £10,000 available to help individuals, Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise groups working in our community to overcome problems arising from deprivation, poverty, disability and lack of opportunity.

We know how small grants can have a big impact, helping individuals and groups through challenging times so we’re offering groups and individuals who are established in their communities the opportunity to apply for grants of between £250 and £500.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how a grant would make a difference to the well-being of local people and open up opportunities for them to develop their abilities and skills.

We’ll need to know the number of people who will benefit from the grant and the extent and duration of the impact on them and the community. People benefiting from the grant must have a connection to the Wolverhampton area in terms of living or working in the City, or receiving services from an organisation based there.

Submitting your application:

First download your Application Form here.

Complete and email your application (as a Word attachment) to rotarysmallgrants@gmail.com by no later than 25th January 2024. Please quote CGF23/24 in the subject line followed by the name of your organisation.

What happens next?

You’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application will then be evaluated by an assessment team, who may need to contact you to ask for further information by email or telephone.

By 15th April you’ll be receive an email from us telling you whether or not your application has been successful – payments to successful applicants will be made very shortly afterwards

Supporting the Wildside Activity Centre

Hidden away in Whitmore Reans the Wildside Activity Centre is a green oasis helping people of all ages and abilities to reconnect with nature by offering a range of adventurous and environmental activities which help to promote wellbeing and an appreciation of the natural world.

The Centre is especially proud of their work with people who have disabilities or special needs and they are always looking for further opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors and adventurous activities, particularly seeking to reach groups suffering deprivation and social exclusion in the local neighbourhood and the wider community of Wolverhampton.

The Club and its members have been supporters of the Centre’s work for many years and we’re glad to have been able to continue that support by making a further donation to help the Centre with its work.

The donation will help support Wildside’s work with young people giving them opportunities to learn new skills, to build confidence and to develop a love of nature.

Supporting the Good Shepherd

We’ve pledged £1,000 to the Good Shepherd, as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match-funded campaign and over seven days starting on the 28th November supporters of participating charities have the opportunity to double their donations – doubling the value of our pledge to £2,000.

The Brothers of the Good Shepherd have been supporting the most disadvantaged people in Wolverhampton for over 50 years in their mission to end homelessness, support recovery, and create pathways out of poverty. 

The charity provides a range of services to people in need, including food and clothing banks, homelessness prevention services, and support for people with mental health problems. The donation from the Rotary Club of Tettenhall will help Good Shepherd to continue providing these vital services to our community.

Good Shepherd need to raise pledges of at least £3,000 by the 1st September in order to take part in this years Big Give so please follow the link to pledge a minimum £100 to help them – https://community.biggive.org/s/pledge?campaignId=a056900002RGLO5AAP