Home Service

District 24 Home Service Report 2018

 This year the Home Service Report reflects our changing District, we began the year with 19 clubs and unfortunately from 1st of July there were 16 clubs in the District.  However, all 19 clubs sent a report, thank you to all Club Correspondents for this.

The report asked clubs a number of questions, the first asked what acts of service were carried out for Inner Wheel day.  Responses include coffee mornings; lunches; knit in; raffles; catering for carnival queens; manning RNLI stall at an airshow; a ‘heart drop’ at a local hospital; tea with another club; lunch at members home with fundraising bring and buy sale; making ‘hearts’ for distribution; organising and operating Arts and Crafts weekend

The second asked for acts of service performed for the benefit of local community and National charities.  These were running at a steady pace throughout the year for one club where there were monthly drops of clothing and food to both men’s and women’s refuges. Toilet bags made up for women’s hostel. A cream tea to raise funds for a local project.  Drops to food banks.  Donations of hygiene products to 3 secondary schools.  Volunteering at library.  Cleaning the church.  Chairing projects for a pre-school. Reading support at local primary school.  Helping with riding for disabled activities.  Christmas party for disability club.  Street collection for CHESS and helping with refreshments and a bag pack at local supermarket.  Manning car park for charity event and holding sausage sizzles.  Singing show songs at a hospice.  Providing hats, socks and gloves for homeless.  Providing 3 care homes with “furry friends”.  Tea party for visually impaired.  Tea party for the elderly.  Sponsored an achievement award at local High School

The next question asked for acts of service/fundraising partnered with other organisations.  Club replies included helping Rotary with registration, marshalling and refreshments for 10k runs.  Assisting Rotary with a Music & Dance festival e.g. scribe for adjudicator and changing room assistance.  Running a stall at local Sea Festival which was organised by Rotary & RNLI.  Acting as elves for Rotary Santa’s Grotto.  Coffee morning for CRY (Coronary Risk in the Young).  Refreshments at joint Rotary/IW Christmas concert.  Making teddy bear cupcakes for teddy bear picnic.  Quiz night for Mencap.  Helped Rotary with sponsored horse ride.  Helping Rotary with Christmas street collection.  Tombola stall at a residential home.   Rotary supported for Polio Plus.  Refreshments at Men2Sing concert.  Refreshments at local town council meeting.  Fundraising and awareness stall at Christmas lights switch on Supporting annual Christmas sleigh and collection at Asda.

Unusual ways of fundraising & Special projects gave a number of responses including a Christmas party night with live band, selling light sabres at firework display.  Strawberry teas.  Garden parties.  Fish and chip nights.  Dinner with sales and activity tables.  Supper and talk on history of knickers.  Reflexology day.  Ploughman’s lunch with army cadets to commemorate end of WWI.  Crochet and beading day.  Sausage and mash supper with talk on Guy Fawkes.  Shoe sales.  Members recipe books.  A calendar made up of pics of members dogs.  DVD rental to members.  In club bring and buy.  Abseiling down local water tower.  Pimms garden party.  Sponsorship for marine conservation boat (IW logo on side of boat)

Next, clubs were asked which charities they supported in GB&I and responses included the Association President’s Charities, Children’s Hospices and Jessie’s Fund and District Chairmen’s charities Women’s Aid organisations and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Supported Nationally were; Help the Aged UK; Marie Curie; BHF; Cystic Fibrosis; Save the Children; Gt Ormond St Hospital; Dementia UK; Barnados; British Legion; Macmillan Nurses; Alzheimer’s Society; MIND; Muscular Dystrophy; Cancer Research; Salvation Army; NSPCC; Samaritans; Crisis; Pancreatic Cancer; Breast Cancer; Prostate Cancer; BEAT; Bloodwise; Cure Parkinson Trust; British Red Cross; DEBRA; Macular Society.

Also supported financially were Coffee Mill, robotic cats for 3 care homes; CCVS taxi service; Up & Away Preschool; Schools; Preschools, Army cadets; Cardiac risk in the young; Parc; Brainwave; Autistic Children; scouts; Young Carers, Harlow; Teens Unite; SNAP; child bereavement; junior diabetes research; Lullaby Trust; SAFE; Scout Freddie; Farleigh Hospice; St Lukes; Friends of St Helena; Knightswood; Burnham Day Centre; St George Hospice, Riding for the Disabled; Mencap; Deaf Society; Support for Sight; Amy May Trust; Ferriers Barn; Crossroads, Tendering & Colchester; MIND, W. Essex; Daisy; Breast Unit; Medical Protection dogs; colostomy; Brittle bones; Food Bank; Air Ambulance; Fire Service; Essex & Herts Air Ambulance; Action for Carers; Grass roots; Beacon House; CHESS; Walter Farthing Trust; friends of Highlands House; Mission to Seafarers; Grenfell Tower; Homeless; Marine Conservation

104 Charities were supported in total, 27 nationally and 77 locally, of the local charities there were 9 Elderly, 25 Young, 7 Hospices, 9 Disabled, 8 Medical, 11 Community and 8 Other.

In 2018 the total of charitable donations by clubs in District 24 to charities in Great Britain and Ireland was a fantastic total of £38,530.63.

 This figure is £1,500 above 2017 donations, what an achievement when three club closed in July 2018.  Combining this total with the numerous acts of service carried out shows that the Inner Wheel Clubs in District 24 make a very important contribution to our communities.

The criteria for the International Presidents’ theme was “Leave a Lasting Legacy” and “Empower and Evolve”.  One club took part in rose planting and also encouraged younger members of family to help at IW events which led to renewed interest in IW and possibly joining the club.  Another club gave support to the Bishops Stortford night shelter and also the Portland Child Contact Centre

There were no reports of activity on the UN International Day of Peace

IIW International Projects selected were “Young Carers” and “Caring for Women and Girls” based on GB and Ireland work.  A few clubs purchased some hygiene products for women and girls, for the Period Poverty Campaign and another club was in the process of planning support.  Two clubs made donations to their local secondary schools.

Celia Clark, Acting Editor
February 2019

My thanks to Dianne Ablett and Beryl Whittingham from the Harwich and Dovercourt Club for their help in preparing this report.



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