The Rotary Club of Wakefield is one of the oldest clubs in the country celebrating its centenary in 2021. Having dedicated itself to helping a wide range of social organisations and individuals either with funds and/or practical support throughout Walkefield, the club's great advantage is the flexibility and speedy reaction with which it can respond to emergencies locally or overseas. Rotary is not tied to giving help to just one cause on a permanent basis and can prioritise according to need.
Over the years the club has helped the blind, deaf, disabled and those with ill health. Many community groups have been supported, among them food banks, hospices, and young people's organisations.
In particular the club has financed the provision of defibrillators in key locations for public use. The acquisition and funding of Admiral Nurses who care for sufferers of dementia and their carers has been a major achievement.
Education also receives help. This includes personal assistance to improve reading skills, encouragement to play chess so useful in developing cognitive skills, and the provision of dictionaries.
The club provides grants to teenagers who take part in projects overseas, and organises technology tournaments for schools and young chef competitions.