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Home Service Report District 24 – January – December 2017

In 2017-2018 District Chairman Celia’s Charity was the local Women’s Aid groups. Clubs were asked to support their local organisation. Association President Liz’s Charity for the year was Children’s Hospices and clubs were asked to support our local hospice Little Havens Children’s Hospice.

District 24 comprises of 19 Clubs and I would like to express my thanks to all Club Correspondents for returning their Home Service Report for 2017.

Special acts of service for Inner Wheel Day were celebrated raising money with coffee mornings, lunches, a raffle, knitting blankets and dementia muffs, cutting stamps and knitting squares, an annual party for disabled people and hosting a joint coffee morning with another Club.

Other acts of service performed for the benefit of charities in local community and nationally was very impressive and showed how Inner Wheel members are still very connected with their local community, these included a public meeting for dementia, parties and afternoon teas for a visually impaired club, a handicap club, contact the elderly, Mothers Union, Support4Sight and catering for the Carnival Queen’s tea. Volunteering for a Hospice shop, museum, Thriftwood Scout camp tuck shop, help re NSPCC, Talking Newspaper, Church Newsletter, local schools and a library. More support for Riding for the Disabled, Cathedral, Church, Food Bank, Lifeboat stall at an air show, community hospital, assisting at a local bazaar and events arranged for a local hospice, plus helping infant children to read, Knightswood Day Care Centre and local church activities. Pensioners visitor, visiting the sick in their home and in hospital. Working for local village planning/enhancement activities, school governors, CAB, treasurer for 3 scout groups, county treasurer for Girl Guides, local charity trusts. Make and sell cards to raise money for charities, organise and collect various items for charities, bag packing at a local store, snap, organise dance show with money going to a children's ward, transport for the elderly, making Christmas gifts for the homeless, workshop afternoons cutting stamps and knitting etc..

The response for acts of service/fund raising activities shared with other organisations e.g Rotary, Clubs reported selling cards for good causes in a local library, giving money for local hospice, help given re Young Musician of the Year, Concert for “Phoenix Youth Orchestra”, Christmas collections, Seasonal Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral, Catering, Marshalling, Registering & Hospitality for “Baddow Races”, assistance in collecting unwanted computers from schools, Christmas street collections. Refreshments for joint Rotary and Inner Wheel concert, annual challenge activity Cricket Match, Santa’s grotto, assistance at “Well Mans Clinic”, Rotary Christmas tree collection, Rotary Music and Dance Festival, help cater and marshall at charity run in Colchester Garrison, assist with 10k “Fun Run” stewarding and registration. Co funding with Rotary for presenting all year 6 pupils with “Education for Life” dictionaries, Christmas sleigh collections, assisting with annual “Swimarathon” event, Rotary fireworks display and providing a stall to sell children’s light solars and similar, strawberry tea, homemade produce stall for “Mayfest”, Sea Festival stall, stall at Rotary Fete, Stroke Awareness, Senior Citizens Christmas party, joint casino night, support Rotary at speaker meetings, car park collecting, donation to Streets2Homes, Afternoon tea for elderly, collections at local stores, quiz night, local Cancer Committee, working closely and giving mutual support to Rotary, have a variety of speakers and make a donation to their cause. This shows the special and strong link Inner Wheel Clubs in our District have in supporting their corresponding Rotary Club.

When asked to name unusual ways of fundraising and one off special projects in 2017 the
following were mentioned : - Cockney evening, Halloween supper, sponsored Guide trip to India, bottle bag raffle at Baddow Races, hosting a friendship meeting with another Club, Chelmsford Cathedral market stall, mini coffee morning with non IW to raise charity funds and“spread the word”, District pier walk at Southend, in aid of “Beat”, regular use of “Rotary Round Up” on Chelmsford Community radio to advertise events and thank community for their support, bridge afternoon with tea, quiz evening, “Wishing Well”, Christmas party with live band, strawberry tea, anniversary BBQ, Burns night, barn dance, flower demonstrations and coffee mornings, soup and cheese lunch, shipwreck supper and charity quiz, dance show by local dance group, trip to Bury St Edmunds, abseil for Carers Trust, making twiddle muffs for Dementia UK and knitting Angels for “Mind”.

The Charities supported financially by IW Clubs in GB&I included the Association President’s
Charities: Beat, Children’s Hospices & Children’s Charities, and the District Chairman’s Charities,
Women’s Aid Organisations, Changing Pathways Basildon, Chelmsford Safer Places, Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge, SOS Domestic Abuse, Southend Safer Places, West Essex and Herts Safer Places, Havering Women’s Aid and Changing Paths Thurrock.

33 Charities were supported nationally and locally, 7 re the elderly, 21 for the young, 15 for
hospices, 4 for disabled, !9 for medical, 16 in the local community and 3 other charities.

The total of charitable donations from Clubs in District 24 to GB&I charities in 2017 is £37,006,38 this is £1800 above last year’s figure, a marvellous figure which does not include international donations.

The criteria for the International Presidents theme was “Touch A Heart” or relate to the UN
Committees on which IW is represented (Rights of the Child, Family, Status of Women, Ageing, Narcotic Drugs & UNICEF) for the National Representative report, there were 2 responses “Talk on Dementia” and Huw Johnson Club/Teenagers and Adults with special needs.

UN International Day of Peace (21 September) 1 club held a party.

Finally, the question for IIW International Project. The project selected was “Young Carers” and this is based on work in GB&I, several Clubs participated in various activities such as coffee mornings, help with the cost of a BBQ for the local “Young Carers” and an afternoon tea.

Pam Byford - Collator