National Children's Day UK 2021
Sunday the 16th May is National Children’s Day UK, which is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults and we thought it appropriate to let you know what we did to further such aims during Covid and what we plan for the next year.  
It was a difficult year since the first lockdown but we did manage to organise a very successful Technology Challenge at the London Cruise Terminal on March 10, 2020, where Grays Youth designed and built hovercrafts with materials provided and later tested their crafts on a track.  Thereafter all our advanced planning for a full Youth Services year had to be placed on hold while we assessed what activities could be done in compliance with Covid restrictions.  All those involving some form of social contact (Youth Speaks, RYLA day out, Young Chef, etc.,) obviously had to be cancelled but we did manage to hold virtually, throughout 2020/2021, Young Photographer, Young Writer, Young Artist and Young Musician competitions – details and results on Club’s, website, Facebook page, new Youth Facebook page and in the case of Young Musician, on YouTube.  Also, at Christmas the Club provided Father Christmas virtual visits to schools and individual children and just recently we funded a gardening project at Ormiston Park Academy (see articles below).
So, what have we planned for the rest of the year and into early 2022, well, subject to the restrictions of the pandemic, we are looking to hold our full programme of events including: Young Chef; Youth Speaks; RYLA Day Out; The Technology Tournament; Young Artist; Young Musician; Young Writer and Young Photographer, plus two new events we are hoping to introduce: Young Environmentalist and Young Filmmaker.  Members are also assisting with, the Mathematics Challenge for primary schools in the area and the LAMP project (Leadership and Management Program) leading to NVQ level 2.   Application Forms and competition packs will be available soon on the Grays Thurrock Rotary Club website.   In addition, we are hoping this year to hold our Christmas Concert, giving the youth of Grays Thurrock the chance to appear onstage in choirs or other acts. 
The Youth Services Team are always looking out for suitable children’s activities to support, to talk to local parents and those involved with local schools about charitable and youth service work, and of course to anyone who is considering joining the club, so please don’t hesitate to contact us – contact details on our website and Facebook pages.