Rold Mold and President Peter Rhodes at a dictionary presentation at Sandal Magna School in JUly 2012Dictionaries for Schools

Each year since 2008 the club has provided more than 300 illustrated dictionaries to ten primary and junior schools in the city.

The scheme is part of the Dictionary 4 Life project, which is backed nationally by Rotary clubs across the UK.
The books each comprise more than a thousand illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions in full colour and are specially designed to help children explore the written word. This in turn helps develop literary understanding.

Community Service committee chairman Peter Clarke said: ‘Our committee selects the schools and then offers them to the literacy co-ordinator at each school free of charge. There's never been a refusal!'

Twenty per cent of adults in Britain have literacy levels below the average for 11-year-olds and these dictionaries are designed to encourage reading and understanding by children from the age of nine.

Peter added: ‘They are also very useful when the child has English as a second language.'

The club also supports the Right to Read programme and has a team of volunteers helping with literacy work in local primary schools.

President Peter Rhodes holds the attention of students at Sandal Magna School, July 2012


Eastmoor Job Club

Several members of the club were actively involved with the Eastmoor Job Club where they attended to give advice to participants about CVs and how to prepare for interviews. They found it very rewarding. In October 2014 we withdrew because funding for workers at the club had been secured.

Rotarian Neale Clark commented in October 2012......

Two years ago, Dom Charkin, Community Worker at St Swithin's Community Centre  came to talk to our club about a project he was setting up in one of the most deprived areas of Wakefield. He had succeeded in obtaining funding to set up a Job Club for  mainly long term and middle aged unemployed. He needed help in supporting and counselling these people, hopefully to get them placed on training schemes, or ideally back into employment. Could we help?

This year Dom again succeeded in getting funding for a further year and Wakefield Rotary have set up a small group of 5 helpers, who go into the Community Centre every Friday  between 10.00 and 12.30am.   This project started on Friday 13th April and despite this inauspicious date has got off to a good start. 

We would very much welcome any volunteers to help us in this work, particularly any female member of the club, but all offers will be gratefully received.  So far, the feedback from Dom Charkin  on our first six months has been very positive, at least three people being placed in employment and the self-confidence /esteem of many others bolstered.

This was a Vocational Service project.


Polio Plus collection 7th March 2009. Rotarians Moray Bisset, John Southall and Sue Parkin with Trish HansonPolio Plus / Thanks for Life


The eradication of polio worldwide is the most important project of the family of Rotary International.

In Wakefield a street collection by members of the Rotary Clubs of Wakefield and Wakefield Chantry raised over £450 on Saturday 7th March 2009.

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Mock Interviews

In order to prepare school leavers for those all important job interviews some Wakefield Rotarians give up their time to partake in mock interviews with them.

We know from the feed-back from schools that they and the students really appreciate the way in which our member's experience in these situations is put to such good use.

The schools taking part in the scheme are

City of Wakefield High School

Crofton High School

The Cathedral School

This is a Vocational Service project.

Please see REPORTS dated 18th February 2010 for further information and a photograph.

Pinderfields Hospital Chapel

Every Sunday morning for many years Rotarians from this club and the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry have attended Pinderfields Hospital to take patients by wheelchair to the service which were conducted in the chapel by the chaplain. At Easter 2011 the club was advised that there will be no regular services in the chapel in the new hospital building. This is because the financial arrangements for the management of the hospital do not allow for the payment of a clergy.

The club has been associated with the hospital chapel for many years and was instrumental in providing furniture for it. In addition the club's annual church service has been held there each summer in the past.

Annual Raffle

This vaulable activity raises in the region of £2,000 each year. The funds are earmarked in advance, in whote or in part, for charities which we support such as Macmillan Cancer Care or the Wakefield Hospice. Any balance is shared between smaller causes where we know the money will be well spent.

Each year members sell tickets to their family, friends and aquaintances. In addition we are very grateful to the management of the Blacker Hall Farm Shop at Calder Grove, Wakefield, for their help in allowing us to offer tickets for sale to their customers on several weekends.

This is a Ways & Means project

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Supporting this service, which is dependent on donations from the public, was a major theme in the 2008 - 09 Rotary year and fundraising has continued into 2009 - 10.

A group of members visited the charity's base at Leeds Bradford airport on the 13th July 2009 and handed over a total of £2,000. A brief report can be seen on the page revealed via this hyperlink.

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