Community Service
Rotary Club of Dudley
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Community Service is an important action by the Dudley club to demonstrate the motto of Rotarians world-wide: 'Service Above Self'. Members give practical assistance and raise funds to support projects and activities that improve life in the local community.

wheels trucks   workshop
jan lear with award   racing banger
Black Country Wheels Project: The club is an enthusiastic supporter of this excellent Barnardo's project, based near Stourbridge, which provides vocational and practical mechanical skills for young people living in Dudley who are excluded or struggling in mainstream education. Wheels also helps them improve their educational and life skills. The Rotary club has donated an articulated lorry for use as a mobile workshop, a flatback truck for use by the racing team, and other items. In addition we have presented a special Rotary International Service Recognition Award to Jan Lear, services manager of Wheels, for her outstanding work and inspirational leadership.
Rotary House residents party
Rotary House parties: Each year the club entertains the residents of Rotary House to a Christmas Party and Summer Garden Party, with refreshments and entertainment.

Individual club members are closely involved with other community and charitable bodies, including support for the Chinese and Hindu communities, local churches, and various educational and cultural trusts.

dudley festival       The club gives support each year to the Dudley Festival of Music, Drama & Dance. The Festival is now so successful that it attracts several thousand competitors and takes place over three weekends in March/April.

Local Educational and other Charities: The club's Community Service Committee generally feels it better to support projects that help groups rather than individuals, so applications for assistance from individuals are usually referred to other more appropriate local charities. We are pleased to publicise the assistance given in the Dudley area by the Parsons Charity and Baylies Charity which provide educational assistance (for example for students to participate in academic, artistic or sporting courses or events), and the Dudley Charity, and Reginald Unwin Dudley Charity which help persons suffering hardship. (Click on the links for details of each and how to apply.)      

baylies charity school boy

Best Trier Awards: The Rotary Club of Dudley makes annual awards to young pupils at various local primary and special schools who have been rated by their teachers as 'Best Trier of the Year'. The prizes are awarded to boys and girls who have shown success despite personal or family difficulties. Five schools now take part in the scheme.

    charlotte - best trier

FUND RAISING to support community projects:
Although fund raising is not the primary purpose of the Rotary Club we are pleased to have the generous support of the public and local businesses for our regular fund-raising events. These include an annual Celebrity Dinner with sporting personalities (and lovely assistants to help sell tickets), a Golf Day, and a visit by Santa Claus and his helpers over several days at Christmas. Other fundraising events have included a Big Band Jazz Orchestra concert, a Chinese Banquet, an Auction of Promises and a sponsored Holy Book Reading among local schools and churches.

Graham Poll - international soccer referee    celebrity dinner auction

Centenary Award: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary movement in 2005 and the remarkable life of Dudley citizen Bert Bissell, the club established a fund to give an annual Centenary Award of £1000 to a local organisation serving young people.

Recipients have been - The Black Country Wheels Project (described above) - Round Oak Robins (supporting bereaved young people and their families) - Priory Park Amateur Boxing Club - Bethel Chapel, Lye for its youth activities - and Dudley Young Carers.



  • Air Ambulance
  • Kids Out project at Lye
  • Priory Brownie Group
  • Dudley Young Carers
  • Headway Black Country
  • Dudley Leaving Care Team
  • MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Russells Hall Breast Cancer Care Unit
  • Black Country Wheels project
  • .....