Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.
Youth Health Champions
Plans for implementing the Youth Health Champions programme, which have been discussed with the Rochdale Sixth Form College and some Rochdale secondary schools, are well under way.
Rotarians Paul Rowen and Selwyn Hodge have held several successful meetings with the key members of the College staff, head teachers of some of the secondary schools and staff from Rochdale Council and Rochdale Health Commissioning groups.
Arrangements for students from the College to begin their training as Youth Health Champions, with the help of an external facilitator, were well under way before the CV 19 disruption occurred in March, preventing the programme starting as planned. We will seek to reinstate the programme as soon as practicable, and will be using this as a means of providing the College students with opportunities to gain an NVQ Level 1 qualification, which will then enable them to work with students in Rochdale secondary schools to provide targeted health promotion and guidance as necessary.
Once again this year we hosted one of the local heats of the national competition at Falinge Park High School. Our grateful thanks are due to the Head Teacher and staff for their kind support. Also thanks are due to President Ravi Sharma and the team of volunteers from Rochdale Rotary Club who helped to organise and run the event on the night.
Regrettably, the Rochdale teams that reached the regional finals did not progress beyond this point. But because of Covid 19, the national competition also had to end at this stage.
Currently, it is not possible to say whether the competition will be able to go ahead next year, but we will continue to support the work done by the Rotary regional co-ordinator and plan accordingly. Even if the national competition has to be put on hold next year, we will make every effort to provide some localised form of speaking competition for Rochdale schools and colleges to participate in.
If you would like more details or to enter team(s) from your secondary school in a future Youth Speaks competition, please contact us we would love to hear from you.
Advice on Health Related Careers
Over the past year, several lunchtime sessions were held for interested students at the Rochdale Sixth Form College regarding career pathways in health related areas. These were hosted by Rotarians David Smithard, Elvet Smith & Selwyn Hodge. Around 50 students attended. Plans are in place to extend this activity to enable more targeted advice to be provided to individual students in the future.
Schools’ Drama Classes
Following discussions with Gemma Johnson from the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy for Oldham and Rochdale, Rotarians: Neil Williams, Merrilyn Chadwick and Selwyn Hodge, agreed to support Gemma in developing a programme to help a number of Year 6 pupils in the Borough cope better with their transition from primary to secondary school in September.
This will take the form of a pilot scheme, being run remotely, with groups of pupils from 3 primary schools, between June and September 2020, and will be ‘badged’ by Rochdale Rotary Club for this purpose.
Following this initial trial, further discussions will take place with Gemma to determine if the scheme should be extended, and whether Rochdale Rotary Club should provide some financial assistance; as well as encouraging more schools and the Local Authority to also support the scheme, so that there might be some targeting of provision to where it is most needed.
In particular, the potential value for such a scheme to help in raising the overall educational achievement of more pupils in the Borough will be further assessed and discussed with all interested parties.
Rotary - The Next Generation
Rotary is committed to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons. There are a wealth of projects available locally and nationally and details can be found on the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland website here.
Our Club would welcome the opportunity to work with individuals, schools or youth groups who are interested in any of these projects. Please get in touch through our Contacts page and let's talk.
Most Improved Student Awards
The Rotary Club of Rochdale is proud to present awards for the Most Improved Student to the following schools within our borough: Moorhouse Primary, Littleborough Primary, Falinge High, Wardle High, Redwood and Hopwood Hall College.