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Healing scars of war

Rotary International News - Thu, 2018-02-08 18:01

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary

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Interota 2017 recap

Rotary International News - Mon, 2018-02-05 18:04

2017 Interota recapRotaractors mark 50 years of Rotaract at their triennial meetingIn September, Rotaractors from around the world gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, for their triennial Interota

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Rassin's 2018 presidential theme

Rotary International News - Fri, 2018-01-26 17:56

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the

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Rotary gives millions in grants to fight polio

Rotary International News - Thu, 2018-01-25 18:03

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polioEVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of

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Celebrating 30 years of life changing devotion

Dogs for the Disabled - Fri, 2018-01-19 14:35

2018 is a milestone year for Oxfordshire-based Dogs for Good as the charity proudly celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over the years the work it carries out has transformed the lives of thousands of adults and children with disabilities.

Since 1988, Dogs for Good has created no less than 875 assistance dog partnerships, run many hundreds of family dog workshops, worked with schools and hospitals in the community and been involved in many special projects.

In addition to assistance dog partnerships, Dogs for Good has led the way in developing how dogs can help people with additional needs. In 2004, the charity introduced the first assistance dogs for children to the UK, the first dogs being trained to support children with physical disabilities and shortly afterwards they developed their service for children with autism. Most recently, Dogs for Good has worked in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland to train dementia assistance dogs.

In order to help more people and recognising that not everyone is able to benefit from the help of a dog 24:7, the charity now trains activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in settings such as hospitals, schools and social care settings. Through this work, Dogs for Good supports people with a wide range of conditions including learning disabilities, dementia, physical disabilities and autism.

Through Family Dog workshops the charity is able to provide advice and support to help families with a child with autism get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog.

Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) was the brainchild of founder, Frances Hay, herself disabled and a lifelong animal lover and dog owner. She recognised that the strong bond she enjoyed with her own dogs helped in many ways to maintain her independence and also, that her dog was able to carry out small but vitally important tasks for her such as picking up dropped items and helping to steady her while walking and balance her getting up from a seated position.

This realisation, knowledge and vision inspired Frances to start the charity in 1988, work began in earnest and one year later, a number of physically disabled adults were partnered with dogs. The impact of these partnerships was immediately clear – dogs can make a big difference to improving people’s lives and offer both practical and emotional support.

Dogs for Good client, Ann, is partnered with assistance dog, Twickers and explains: “I’d loved my pet dogs in the past but the bond you get with these dogs is something else. Your self-worth is elevated because you have to care for another life; grooming, walking, feeding, rather than being the one that receives care. Having the dog doesn’t just give me confidence, it gives my husband and daughters confidence, too, because they know I’m not ever on my own. Before, I was just a lady in a wheelchair. Now, I’m Ann with the lovely, clever, amazing dog and my disability fades into the background.”

Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing says: “Looking ahead to the next 30 years, we intend to share our knowledge and experience with more people as well as providing services directly to those that desperately need it. We’ll use digital and online technologies to support the work and will continue to innovate, share best practice and collaborate with others.”

Dogs for Good is always keen to welcome new recruits who are able to volunteer their time and energy to help create more life-changing partnerships and further the work it carries out. There are many ways to get involved from caring for a puppy or dog or joining a local supporters group.

Find out more about the last 30 years of Dogs for Good.

The post Celebrating 30 years of life changing devotion appeared first on Dogs for Good.

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Saving mothers and babies

Rotary International News - Tue, 2018-01-16 19:28

New Zealand Rotary club sets new standard for childbirth care in

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Migration challenges inspire Rotary peace scholar

Rotary International News - Tue, 2018-01-16 18:01

Migration challenges inspire peace scholarRotary Peace Fellow Linda Low could not have known what world events would bring when she took a position as the communications manager for the Europe region of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

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Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary International News - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:36

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the

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The power of a garden

Rotary International News - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:34


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Rotary helps disaster victims

Rotary International News - Fri, 2018-01-05 01:38

Rotary helps disaster victimsThe Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs are helping communities battered by severe weather and

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Rotary helps wildfire victims

Rotary International News - Tue, 2018-01-02 15:47

Rotary helps wildfire victims Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation are helping victims of deadly wildfires in

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The power of light

Rotary International News - Wed, 2017-12-20 21:35

Rotary members from Durango, Colorado, USA, team with the Navajo Nation to bring solar lights to remote, off-the-grid homes on the country’s largest Native American

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Children with Autism and Dogs for Good benefit from £60,000 grant from Oxfordshire Freemasons

Dogs for the Disabled - Wed, 2017-12-06 12:24

Forty Oxfordshire families with children with an autism diagnosis are set to benefit from a generous £60,000 grant from the Oxfordshire Freemasons. They are part of 150 children with autism who will benefit nationwide.

The grant, awarded to Dogs for Good, will be used over the course of three years and will go directly into the PAWS Family Dog workshops run by the charity. The workshops give advice and support to help families with a child with autism get the most out of their relationship with their family dog.

The series of three, one-day workshops use a combination of practical demonstrations, discussions, hands-on learning and course hand-outs to demonstrate the significant positive effect a well-trained dog can have on the behaviour and development of autistic children.

Oxford-based Alison Pearce, whose daughter has benefitted from the service said: At the first workshop, I was amazed by the many ways in which a pet dog could be trained to help an autistic child and how this would benefit my daughter.  I sat there thinking ‘this could be life-changing.’ It was also beneficial to meet and talk to other parents of children with autism.  I remember thinking ‘I’m not alone, these people really understand.’

“The help from Dogs for Good doesn’t just end after the course. We have continuing support and advice from the Dogs for Good team, and the help my daughter receives from her dog continues to increase.”

The grant from Oxfordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Andrew Keech from Oxfordshire Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’re able to help Dogs for Good who do such wonderful work with autistic children and their families. Thanks to them, many hundreds of people have seen a huge improvement in their quality of life.”

Find out more about our Family Dog service.

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Rotary advisers put polio on world stage

Rotary International News - Wed, 2017-11-29 19:05

Behind the scenes of polio eradicationRotary’s national advocacy advisers are putting polio on the world stage. Here’s

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On the road

Rotary International News - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:44

Rotary helps fuel a brigade of mobile clinics that deliver free health care to rural

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Six reasons you should give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday

Rotary International News - Mon, 2017-11-27 20:14

You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, 28 November.Why should Rotary be your charity of choice? Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our

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Year End Sportive

Jole Rider - Sun, 2017-11-26 11:42

Year End Sportive 

Your last ride this year!
A non-competitive cycle challenge - with 2 fully signposted courses

Sunday 31 December 2017
The Bike Shed, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8LD *

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Year End Sportive.

While it is unlikely that there will still be snow on the route on the day, the snow in this area none the less has impacted on the event. The Route Check and Assessment, which encompasses all aspects of riders' Health and Safety, had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions. These conditions, and continuing snowfall, have also impacted on the process of signing the route .

Entry fees paid for this ride will be carried over to a future Sportive. The first of these will be at the end of March.
We also have an event in June, one in August and another in September.

Dare we say it, another Year End Sportive will be scheduled for next December - on the basis that we get lucky!


 Route Options:
30 miles [48km] - the Christmas Payback
- relatively flat and easy going for the casual rider

50 miles [80km] - the New Year Payforward
- a mixture of flat and rolling hills for intermediate riders

All our routes travel through some of the most beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Our routes avoid busy roads and use quiet lanes with very little traffic.
Additionally, our routes are scenic and a decent mix of hills and flat.
This is not just our opinion but the opinion of riders in our previous events.

Route Features: 
Fully signposted 
Feed stations 

Venue Facilities:
Pre-ride mechanical support | Toilets | FREE parking at Event Venue

For operational reasons the event is now going to start and finish at The Bike Shed, Tetbury.

The Cotswolds is well known for its beautiful countryside, gentle wolds, with river valleys, water meadows, beech woods and sleepy limestone villages. For this ride we have laid out 2 especially lovely routes. 

Our policy for routing your ride means that we positively avoid main roads where we can and identify quiet country lanes with spectacular views. We also prefer to vary our routes, so no two rides with us are the same!

Selecting BOOK NOW will take you to the Event Page on the
British Cycling website, where you will find full event details and online registration.
To enter the event via British Cycling's online registration system,
you will need a British Cycling user account which is free to set up.

You can also enter on the day, as long as there are still places.
For details of this select BOOK NOW.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions
about British Cycling's online registration system.

A minimum of £1 per rider will be donated to JOLE RIDER.  

The Organiser of this Event is Pireaus M3 in assocation with British Cycling.



 THE ROUTES: rated at 92.2%

     A very pleasant and well thought out route
     Revealed the beauty of the Cotswolds
     Unlike many Sportives, avoided busy roads
     Good quiet roads, very little traffic
     Scenic and a decent mix of hills and flat
     The route took me to places I'd never have gone to otherwise

THE SIGNAGE: rated at 93.2%
     Best signed course I've ever been on
     Signage was top notch
     Brilliant to know I can trust the signage on your routes
     GPX files provided added confidence

THE FOOD: rated at 91.6%
     Loved the pie and beans at the end. First class pie!
     Best stocked feed stations ever!
     Free tea and coffee well received
     Really couldn't have been better!
     The best feed stations! Great munchies and lovely volunteers!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: rated at 95.8%
     I've done a few Sportives - this was very well organised
     Fabulous welcome and assistance from marshalls
     First class; a wonderful, friendly event
     Spot on! Best organised Sportive!
     Excellent. Well organised and friendly
     Friendly staff, good venue

     Hills not spread out enough over the route
     I do question how many people read the 14 page info sheet


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Bringing up babies

Rotary International News - Tue, 2017-11-21 22:41

After overcoming a tough childhood, pediatrician Ramon Resa is helping to raise a new generation of

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‘Peace needs to be lived’

Rotary International News - Thu, 2017-11-16 17:49

Rotary Day at the United Nations pushes peace from concept to

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More than $1 billion in pledges to end polio

Rotary International News - Thu, 2017-11-16 03:43

At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending

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