The Rotary Family
Rotaract is the Rotary space for members 18-30 years old. Although we do not (yet!) sponsor our own club, we have an active partnership with Rotaract Westminster – from where many of our members and officers have “graduated”!
Interact enables young people ages 12-18 to help their communities and engage with the world – while having fun! In the UK, Interact meets the requirements for the community service and citizenship curriculum, and counts towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Read about Interact successes in the UK learn more about Interact ; and discover more on Facebook and YouTube .
Here is a note of thanks received from our inaugural Interact Club:
“It is with great pleasure I write to you to thank the Rotary Club of Paddington for their continued support for the Interact Club at Westminster Academy. The impact of the club on the students at Westminster Academy has been tremendous. This has been most apparent for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students who have for the second year in a row, achieved results above the world average.
The activities of the Interact Club members form a significant part of their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Community Action and Service (CAS) course which seeks to develop a sense of service and self-reflection in students. Every year, new members join the Interact Club and the process of helping them to become as capable as those who have left begins again. The constant support and inspiration from the Rotary Club of Paddington has provided has a lasting impact on the lives of our students and the local community as a whole.
While it has not yet been possible to establish an effective club for younger students, the culture of volunteering and community mindedness has been firmly established as a worthy pursuit and not something to be embarrassed about.
While most activities and projects involve as much learning from what goes wrong as much as the actual outcome, I have especially enjoyed the work students have done on literacy and eradicating polio. Students who have participated in Rotary inspired competitions or international exchanges have often become strong advocates for Rotarian values.
– Mr Olly Wells, Associate Principal, Westminster Academy”