Rotary Club of Reading


Centenary House Project

Building a brighter future for Reading and beyond. Laying the first bricks and the completed Centenary House block of flats for Reading Single Homeless (Now Launchpad)

Bottle Greenhouses July 2017 by the Youth Team

Beware Builders at work

Beware Builders at Work

Greenhouse part 'bottled'

Partly bottled greenhouse

Youth Team Update - Bottle Greenhouse Project - 2017
Rotary club of Reading, Youth Team have had a long connection with Oxford Road Community School dating back to 2007 when we helped fund the introduction of Life Education. Since then Rotary Club of Reading have helped with Dictionaries and gardening projects. The latest project, this Spring, was responding to a request from the school to build a frame for a bottle greenhouse.

Ace joiner Tony Cowling, assisted by his apprentice built the frame and the children are collecting the 2 litre plastic bottles that they will thread on to bamboo poles.
In May 2017 it was well on its way to completion.

This was a satisfying project that was of importance to the school and of modest cost to us.


The Club has enjoyed a long association with Oxford Road primary school starting of with us contributing to the cost of introducing Life Education to the school in 2007. Since then we have helped with Dictionaries for Yr 6 Leavers and gardening projects.
The latest news is that they have just signed up to Life Education's special bCyberwise programme which has been designed for Primary school pupils in years 4,5 and 6. The aim is to help educate the children to take care when using the internet and social media sites.
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The Dictionary Project

In 2007 the then President (John James) initiated our Club's participation in the Dictionary project and in July 2008 we presented 100 copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils leaving their local Reading primary schools to move to secondary schools. Targeted that year were Oxford Road Community, Wilson and Katesgrove Schools. For 2016 the figure is up to 750 for 15 schools.
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Draught Busting

In December 2012 Transition Town Reading (TTR) was given a grant by Reading Borough Council to pay for materials for draught proofing the homes of some of the most disadvantaged people in the borough.
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Life Education Programme

The Rotary Club of Reading is supporting pupils to understand healthy life styles at several schools
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The Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme is to develop leadership skills for those aged 18 to 25.
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The Brian Middleton Award

In 2005 the District 1090 decided to make an annual payment to send a disabled young person on a RYLA or similar course. This was set up in memory of Rotarian Brian Middleton of the Reading Rotary Club, who spent many years organising and supporting Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for the disabled.
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Shelter Box and Aqua box

Shelter Box is a club project, owned and run by RC Helston Lizard.
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CIRDIC   Churches In Reading Drop In Centre

Situated just off Berkeley Avenue, Reading (turn at the Esso filling station) CIRDIC has existed since 1990 to serve some of the most disadvantaged people in the local community.
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Water Aid

Clean water is a vital ingredient in sustaining communities and the prevention of disease and Rotary makes a difference with this club alone raising over 3,500.
This charity targets specific areas of the world's poorest communities with projects involving the local community in a commitment to the provision of sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. These are all areas of focus for the Rotary Foundation.
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Reading Sustainability Centre

This project is in its infancy and will involve a hydro scheme on the Thames at Caversham that will ideally fund and power a centre which will showcase a range of green, ecological, environmental and sustainability themes'
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Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner (JAC) Ltd is a Berkshire based registered charity committed to engaging with young people and their families.
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Readifoods Collections.
The food bank is a short term measure to help people out of immediate difficulties.
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