The term ‘services’ covers the help and support the club gives to individuals, organisations and charities. Examples of how Harpenden Lions engage with local, regional and international organisations are shown below. Please have a look at the separate webpages under the services
- Message in a bottle – a life-saving project which helps frail, elderly and those living alone to store vital medical and personal information
- Message in a wallet – a project to provide a simple way for emergency services to find critical details about any casualty they attend. Any age or profile.
- Life Skills in local schools – Harpenden Lions Club has helped the education of many young people in the Harpenden and surrounding areas and provided them with skills they need to manage their lives and take their place as responsible members of society.
- Lions Eye Health Programme – In 1925 Helen Keller the great American advocate for the Blind, urged Lions to become “KNIGHTS OF THE BLIND” in the “CRUSADE AGAINST DARKNESS”
Since that time Lions have supported many causes which help the Visually Impaired, and they have instigated:
“The White Cane”
“Guide Dog Schools”
Lions also operate a majority of the Worlds “EYE BANKS” including one at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
- Specs are collected by Lions Clubs around the country and sent to Chichester Lions Club whose members sort them in a small workshop. Inside Out Trust in the UK also grade spectacles for Lions in two prisons using equipment provided by Chichester Lions. http://www.chilions.org.uk/specs.htm
Other activities include:
- Helping with rotas
- Redclyffe wheelchair push each month into town shopping etc
- Transporting a disabled person to Harpenden Sports Centre twice each week
- Improving freshwater supplies in developing countries.
- Disaster Relief – helping to raise funds for natural and humanitarian disasters
- Carol singing – In the week preceding Christmas Harpenden Lions sing carols for patients at Sue Ryder Care, Stagenhoe.
- Tin shakes – providing manpower for local charities during their fund-raising activities
- SOSA – Helping with events run by the St Albans Special Olympics
Harpenden Lions does more than raise money. The club assists in many other ways, and is always pleased to consider requests from the local community in Harpenden and surrounding villages for assistance to needy cases. Situations where we have helped include:
- Transport for the disabled and disadvantaged
- Furniture removal – individual cases as requested
- Small DIY jobs
- Help in providing special equipment such as wheelchairs
- For a number of years the Club has been supporting the following:
- Local schools. (See Schools page)
- Local youth organisations
- Students embarking on community aid schemes
- Child education in Africa
- Harpenden Phoenix Holidays Jumbulance – holidays for the disabled
- Community Meeting Point Harpenden