The Youth Service committee works to help support young people in our local community by carrying out a programme of activities throughout the year.
This years programme is obviously subject to the Covid-19 situation.
Children singing for children Concerts – normally in early November. This year’s concerts have been cancelled but schools have already expressed their hopes that it will run again in 2021/ It normally takes place over three nights, with up to 20 choirs from local primary schools singing songs from around the world. Each night about 180 children will sing and following individual performances by each school, they join together to form a massed choir for the finale. The children are watched by an audience of up to 500 people each night and the funds raised are donated to both Local and International Children’s Charities.
Young Musician of the Year – heats in January, final in March. For over 20 years our club has organized this competition and it has become one of the highlights of the local music scene. It gives much pleasure and satisfaction to see young people progress from the junior to the senior sections as the professionalism of their playing abilities increases. Many of our winners have gone on to a professional career in Music. Some 120 young musicians enter the competition each year which has 20 categories. In addition to the Young Musician and Junior Young Musician of the year awards there are 21 other trophies awarded. This event receives substantial sponsorship from Banbury Charities.
Rotary Young Chef of the Year – heats from November to March, final in April. The Rotary Young Chef competition was created to give young people the chance: to show off their creative culinary talents; to promote healthy eating; and learn important life skills. The competition is open to students from 11 to 18 years of age. Up to 8 local secondary schools participate before the regional heats and national final in London. This competition is organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (R Y L A) – selection process from Jan to May, course in July. This programme offers young people at the start of their careers or in further education a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving . Male or female candidates must be of at least average fitness, have already demonstrated leadership potential and be between 18 – 25 years of age on the 1st July. All Candidates are interviewed locally by Rotarians to assess their suitability. The successful candidate will attend an induction day and the week long programme itself in Snowdonia National Park. The successful candidate is asked to give via a short talk and presentation at one of our weekly meetings.
Youth Cricket – The club is hoping to work with other local organisations to run some youth cricket activities. Again this now seems dependent upon the Covid-19 situation