Rotary International approved a Global Grant Application for $101,695 from Rotary District 1100 eClub, for a Vocational Training Team (VTT) to explore, develop, and help pilot a social enterprise model to support our overseas projects in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Young people leaving the Bulgarian care system at age 18 lack independent living skills and are often left to fend for themselves. Facing these challenges alone leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, prostitution, crime, and human trafficking.
The VTT project provides a 2-year training programme and employment support for young people through the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI), which was founded by The Trussell Trust in 2009.
Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
Members of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) have been loyally supporting The Trussell Trust and the Foodbank Network with a range of volunteer and fundraising activity for many years.
Volunteer activity has included helping to sort and pack food at foodbanks, helping to deliver food parcels, teaching foodbank volunteers’ computer skills and assisting at supermarket food collections across the UK.
Many Rotary Districts and clubs have supported the supermarket collections, too many to mention here, but we are extremely grateful to each and every one of you. A great example of this valuable volunteer help is the Rotary Club of Epping.
Working closely with their local Trussell Trust foodbank in Loughton, the Rotary Club of Epping has led the national Neighbourhood Food Collection in the local Tesco superstore for the past few years, assisted by other Rotary Clubs including Past President Pesh Kapasiawala and the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell.
Raz Zoers, Past President of Epping Rotary Club said:
“It’s all a bit of fun. Just a few hours of a Rotarians time doing what we’re good at! And it is an opportunity to raise the profile of Rotary in the community. We have built up a superb relationship with the Tesco team in Epping and that has helped the Epping club at other events. Locally, Tesco want to be involved with what we do. A Win-Win situation!”
Interact is a club for young people aged 12-18 who join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about, and is linked to Rotary. Members of Interact carry out hands-on service projects, including helping with food collections and organising fundraising events to support the work of The Trussell Trust.
The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland
Members of Inner Wheel, the largest woman’s voluntary service organisation in the world, have been supporting The Trussell Trust and the Foodbank Network, with a range of volunteer activities and fundraising events over the years.
School in a Bag
School in a Bag, an initiative run by the Piers Simon Appeal, is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world.Each school bag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn. School in a Bag has supported our work in Albania and Bulgaria by supplying 560 School Bags for Europe’s most marginalised children. An education for these children could be their passport to a life out of hardship and poverty.
Other supporting community organisations:
- Soroptimist International – Great Britain and Ireland
- Lions Clubs International British Isles and Ireland MD105
- National Federation of Women’s Institutes
- The Scout Association
- Townswomen’s Guilds
- National Association of Tangent Clubs
Get in touch
If you are a member of a community group, organisation or charity and would like to know more about how you can support our valuable work, contact:
Jenny Marshall, Not for Profit Partnerships Manager