Advent Calendar Dec 19th 2016

For day 19 of our Advent Calendar we will be donating books to the Bramfield House school for boys.

Bramfield House School stands in magnificent grounds and gives pupils extraordinary educational opportunities through its innovative, successful teaching approach inside and outside the classroom.

The rural location, just off the main A12 in Suffolk, attracts interest for places across East Anglia to achieve happiness and success for even the most reluctant learners and vulnerable pupils.

The boys are taught in small, informal and relaxed classes, with clear structures in place. They forge strong working relationships with teachers and staff, who encourage their self-confidence and self esteem through stimulating and realistic targets. Previous failure is replaced with a positive pattern of success and quantifiable educational achievements.

As well as practical and creative lessons on site, including sports pitches and an RHS accredited horticulture department, Bramfield House offers the boys a huge variety of opportunities for education outside the classroom, including sailing qualifications on the Norfolk Broads, study along the East Anglian coastline, and numerous field trips.

Securing a weekly boarding place at Bramfield House will ensure that progress can be accelerated with a 24-hour, wraparound curriculum. The comfortable boarding facilities are located in the main house until the boys reach Years 10 and 11, when the emphasis develops towards semi-independent living, and preparation for life at college, an apprenticeship, university or work.

As well as academic, educational progress, Bramfield House School develops self- esteem, self confidence to ensure its pupils can go on to lead meaningful and successful adult lives.

Advent Calendar Dec 18th 2016

There is a week to go to the big day and it’s day 18 of our Advent Calendar. We will be making a £50 donation to the Voluntary Help Centre in Southwold to support their Thursday lunches.

The VHC’s weekly Lunch Club is held on Thursday at the Southwold Stella Peskett Millennium Hall, it provides an opportunity to socialise informally over morning coffee and afterwards to enjoy a light lunch. For many elderly and disabled residents in particular it is a much valued chance to stay in touch with friends and the wider community. Around 35 local people regularly attend, some every week, others on an occasional basis. Transport is provided for those who need it. The price of just £4.50 per head is made possible with the support of a team of rotating volunteers.The Lunch Club is proving very popular indeed and is regarded by the trustees as a natural and highly appropriate development of the Charity’s core services. 

Advent Calendar Dec 16th 2016

For day 16 of our Advent Calendar we be making a delivery of donated Christmas food to the Lowestoft Night Shelter now known as the Access Community Trust

Their vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.

Advent Calendar Dec 14th 2016

Day 14 of our Advent Calendar. Lucky Ncube is a student in Zimbabwe that we have been supporting through his studies. Through the charity Phumuza – Share the Load we have followed and supported his progress at Lubuze Primary and Avoca Secondary schools. He is now a boarder at Deziki High School where he will take his A level exams. The club will pay for these exams and other costs totaling US$290. 

Advent Calendar Dec 13th 2016

This week Bungay High School will be holding their annual Presentation Evening. For the 13th Day of our Advent Calendar the Rotary Club of Southwold and District are once again proud to sponsor a £50 prize for Peer Mentoring. We wish all the students success in all they do and congratulate the prize winners.

Advent Calendar Dec 12th 2016

Today is the 12th day of our Advent Calendar and we will be making a donation of £50 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy mosquito 10 nets to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. 

Did you know? Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Far deadlier than the animals people tend to be scared of like sharks, snakes and lions – even deadlier than humans. Why? Because mosquitoes transmit diseases like dengue fever, Zika, yellow fever, encephalitis – and malaria, the deadliest of them all.

It’s the greatest killer disease in human history – but we can do something about it. We have the tools to fight it!

The culprits aren’t particularly ferocious or terrifying. In fact, you need a microscope to even see them. But tiny malaria parasites, transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, are thought to have killed half the number of people that have ever lived. Pretty scary, isn’t it?

Malaria’s vice-like grip on the continent of Africa, where almost 90% of malaria deaths occur, makes it one of the greatest causes of poverty in the world. And yet, it costs just £1, less than the price of your morning coffee, to save the life of a child with malaria.

Advent Calendar Dec 11th 2016

It’s day 11 of our Advent Calendar. At the end of this year’s Latitude Festival at Henham Park we were able to collect all the unwanted sleeping bags left over from the campers. We were able to collect 140 sleeping bags and these will now be sent to Hope and Aid Direct and the Salvation Army. They will be used to bring a little comfort to the people of migration crisis who have nothing or the homeless of the UK.

Advent Calendar Dec 10th 2016

Day 10 of our Advent Calendar is a continuation of our work with “Lendwithcare“. So far this year we have made 31 loans totaling £570 and we will be making more loans before the end of the year. Since starting this project we have made 66 loans totaling £1095 helped 450 entrepreneurs (1802 family members) and created 122 jobs.

Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help some of the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty with dignity. Lendwithcare allows you to lend as little as £15 to fund a small business and once your money is repaid you can choose to recycle your loan to support another poor entrepreneur, or withdraw your money. Lendwithcare is currently working in ten countries.