The motto of Lions Clubs International is "We Serve" and the basic objective of every Lions Club is to serve their local and wider community. In Marston Green we carry out a wide variety of service activities throughout the year. Here are a few examples:
- Promoting health awareness programmes in the local community, e.g. Diabetes, Lions Life Skills for children
- Recycling clothes, hearing aids and 2,000 spectacles
- Donated a radio to a blind person
- Collected litter in and around Marston Green
- Provided entertinment evenings for local senior citizens
- Donated clothes and essentials to the homeless
- Supported Get Ahead, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Water Aid and Central Search and Rescue
- Supported Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
- Supported the Global Medical Brigades
- Supported SightSavers International
- Supported Railway Children and Edukits for schools (through UNICEF)
- The Sunshine Project (an orphanage in Egypt)
Please see some pictures and details below:
Working with youth
Marston Green Lions are involved in a number of youth activities. The peace poster competition is aimed at 11-13 year olds and is an annual international competition where the entrants produce a picture on a theme related to peace.
The Young Ambassador for the 21st Century scheme recognises young people who have made a significant contribution to their communities through service activities. We have had tow of the last three winners of the midlands award.
Young Leaders in Service is a scheme where young people can receive a gold or silver award for 100 or 50 hours of community service in ten different categories. We have been working with CTC Kingshurst Academy and have had several successful candidates as this presentation produced by the Academy shows.
Remembrance Day 13th November 2016
Lion President Simon Moss laid a wreath at the Marston Green Memory Garden on behalf of Marston Green & District Lions Club. Several other members of the Club acted as marshalls, directing traffic and manning barriers during the two minute silence. A wreath was also laid at Chelmsley Wood RBL by past president Brian Horner
Litter Picking in Marston Green and Chelmsley Wood
Twice a year, we organise litter picks, usually one around Marston Green and the other in Chelmsley Wood, although due to the current rebuilding of the town centre, this has not been possible this year. The litter picks are advertised in the local papers and parish magazine and as a result members of which the public often come along to give us a hand. The council supply us with black bags and "litter pickers" and we have filled many bags of rubbish over the years which they then collect.
If you would like to help us the next time that we do this, or if there is an area local to you that could benefit from a litter pick please call or text our mobile 07531769901, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message in a bottle
The Lions Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the Fridge. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.
As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contacts. By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families.
For more information on Message in a bottle please visit the Lions MIAB website: http://www.lions.org.uk/health/miab/index.php
We have recently installed one of our bins in SpecSavers in Chelmsley Wood, and have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response from the public. We would therefore like to thank SpecSavers for allowing us to place our collecting bin in their shop, and also everyone who has donated their unwanted spectacles over the years, they really do make a difference to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
If you would like more information please e-mail email@example.com or telephone 0753 176 9901