Our local projects fall into three main categories, we are also involved in international programmes:

Fundraising:

This takes four main forms at the moment:

Annual Fireworks Display and Bonfire in Central Park, Dartford, each November;
Childrens’ Chairaplane Carousel at various School Fetes in the area;
Dartford Festival;
Christmas Collections

Services:

M.I.A.B – Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle is a means of fulfilling our Lions Motto “We Serve”.

It is a scheme recognised by all the main emergency services.

It is a potential lifesaver and offers peace of mind to all users and their families and friends.

The scheme is free to the user and benefits all including yourself.

What is it?
Its a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their basic personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge!

What does it do?
It saves the Emergency Services valuable time if they need to enter a property in an emergency situation. Not only does it help to identify who you are it also identifies if you have special medication or allergies. It is not only a potential lifesaver, but also it provides peace of mind to you, your friends and family by knowing that prompt medical treatment is provided and that the next of kin and emergency contacts are notified.

Who’s it for?
Anyone. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in a community, anyone can have an accident in the home, so this scheme can benefit anyone.

What does it cost?
When ordering one bottle the scheme is free to the public and is funded usually by your local Lions Club.

Where can I get one?
You may find the bottles displayed in your local GP’s surgery, Local Pharmacy, Local Lions Club. If you have any difficulty locating a bottle please contact Lions Clubs Headquarters 0845 833 9502.

Who knows about it?
All Emergency Services are aware of the Message in a Bottle scheme, by displaying the green stickers in your home, the emergency services will locate the bottle in the fridge and use the forms inside to ensure you are treated quickly which can save time and save lives.

What’s in the bottle?
A form you fill in with your name, medicines, allergies & relatives contact details. And also two green stickers.

What do I have to do?
Fill in the form, put it in the bottle. Put the bottle in your fridge. Put one green sticker on your fridge door and the other green sticker on the INSIDE of your house door.

Who co-ordinates the Scheme locally?
Your local Lions Club. Many Lions Clubs across the Country take part in this project.

How can you help?

1. Encourage all the local emergency services, doctors surgeries, chemists and help groups to be aware of the scheme and participate.

2. Display posters and leaflets in relevant locations – doctors surgeries, chemists, libraries etc.

3. Liaise with the Regional Health and Welfare Co-ordinator who is there to help you – for our area this is: Steve Gray, Health and Welfare Co-ordinator – Zone 4A

MedicAlert

MedicAlert

Living with a medical condition can be difficult, managing your life around it can be hard and worrying for your loved ones. MedicAlert is a registered charity that support people with serious medical conditions, and Lions are proud to support them.

Donations:

We support people in many ways, our donations going towards:

Christmas Parcels
Holidays for deserving families

We also support many charities, our recent donations include:

EllenorLions Hospice, Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled, Bexley & Dartford Parkinson’s Disease Society, Westgate School, Oakfield Lane School, West Hill Primary School, Holy Trinity School, Wentworth School, local Scout Groups, Belarus, Shoebox Appeal, LIBRA Blood Research Unit (Kings College Hospital) Donations to LCIF to support disaster relief and numerous other local and international worthy causes.