Ready Steady Go

Visit to Southwick House

The D-Day Landings was a tremendous planning, marketing deception and action exercise, which, as history now records, succeeded. Our host David explained that because of the bad weather the decision whether to go or not was in the balance. The decision to Go was made and the rest is history.

Southwick 2So it was fitting that after our meeting of the Rotary Social Innovation SE Hampshire Officers, which took place before our Face to Face meeting at Southwick Park in the Map Room, we had made the decision to apply for Rotary International Charter, to move from being a provisional Group to be within the Family of Rotary.

We are now looking for 20 people to agree to become our Charter (Founder) Members, to really get our Innovative and Flexible Rotary officially part of the 1.2 million members world-wide. So yes, we are under starters orders and in an exciting position to be part of the refresh of Rotary.

New Year – New Action


We are so pleased to have launched our Theatre Innovation project, being led by Rachel from the Kings Theatre Southsea. 11 members are working together on ideas to build more understanding of how the Theatre can influence Social Innovation e.g. being more accessible, inclusive and diverse.

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The group is planning to help the Kings Theatre with their involvement with the Portsmouth Festivities 2018. Plans are in hand for a Community Week during the Easter Holidays, where this group will be helping with building more awareness, understanding and action about accessibility and being more inclusive in the theatre experience. The group also wants to help more people consider how their talents and skills could lead to maybe starting a Social Enterprise to enable more and more of this exciting work to be developed in the community.

Hopefully you will have seen our new Social Enterprise Market Place page on this website. Working in partnership with Action Hampshire during 2018, we want to help promote Social Enterprise. In March we are planning a workshop in Winchester to give interested people or community organisations a quick introduction to Social Enterprise, do watch out for details. Plus we are looking forward to helping the PALS Society launch their Social Firm.

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Tesco 4We are really pleased to be working with Remind, together with partners ( from the Harp, World of Music Education, Kings Theatre, who provided workshops during the morning) in the PO6 area (Cosham, Paulsgrove, Port Solent, Drayton, Farlington) working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Community, launched at Tesco’s North Harbour. As part of the Portsmouth Dementia Action Alliance we are committed to helping Portsmouth Wards take action to help people living with Dementia and their carers to feel supported in the communities they live.

We are looking forward to continuing support of our Interact Club at The Sholing Technology College, where they are embarking initially on a recycling project. They are also looking at a number of other different projects working with Social Enterprises.

Bottle Tops

In the meantime please could you help them by collecting bottle tops, caps, corks, both plastic and metal over the next few weeks. Please don’t throw them away – the TSTC Innovation Interact Club are collecting them to make rubbish bins from, along with encouraging their peers to be more recycle minded.

We want get involved in encouraging more conservation, environmental and recycling projects as we develop. Do keep an eye on our Rotary Social Innovation SE Hampshire Facebook page where we are promoting some exciting new projects, e.g. The Portsmouth Repair Cafe and Zero Waste Portsmouth.

Rotary International is People of Action

John Hewko our Rotary International General Secretary sets out how Rotary must develop in the future and we want to be a part of this modern, vibrant and flexible way forward.

We are excited today to be on the starting line to move from provisional to Chartered Rotary Social Innovation South East Hampshire and we hope others will join us as we move forward.