Rockfish Charities & The Community
At Rockfish we believe in being a part of our community and supporting great local causes is part of giving back to the community that helps us thrive. We all support each other and we make every effort to make a positive contribution where we can by each of our restaurants donating to nearby social enterprises, charities and initiatives.
In each restaurant there is an optional £1 contribution added to the bill to help support our local causes. With your generosity we have made an incredible difference and are delighted so many guests choose to help us so generously. Since 2010 we have raised over £250,000 in total.
Here are just some of the amazing local organisations we support:
Devon Environment Foundation
We're really excited to be founding members of this important new charity. Rockfish will be donating £10,000 every three years from our table donations. Their mission is to protect and restore Devon's exceptional natural beauty by funding local nature regeneration projects. They channel funds from businesses and philanthropists who want to protect and restore nature in Devon. This new Foundation (DEF), which Mitch is a founding member of, identifies the most effective local projects using Nature-based Solutions and provides the financial boost they need to accelerate and amplify their impact.
The Friends of Dolphin
The Friends of Dolphin provides free boat trips around Poole Harbour for disabled people. On "Dolphin III" their specially equipped, sturdy, safe boat they provide free pleasure trips to disabled people of all ages and disabilities in and around Poole Harbour. The boat with it's totally new design, enables them to embark passengers in wheelchairs direct from a pontoon in the Poole Harbour Marina. All the money raised is utilised directly towards the running and operational costs of Dolphin III.
Find out more here > www.thefriendsofdolphin.co.uk
Exmouth Beach Rescue Club
Helping to keep us all safe in the water Exmouth Beach Rescue Club was founded in 1986 in response to the withdrawal of council lifeguards on Exmouth beach. For the last 30 years the club has provided a voluntary lifeguard service every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday throughout the summer.
Members can join the club from age 12 learning essential skills, including first aid, surf awareness, lifesaving and communication. They are encouraged to develop and grow so that when they turn 16 they can take their beach or surf lifeguard awards and start patrolling.
The volunteers not only provide an essential service on Exmouth beach, they also help out at other local events, including first aid and rescue cover for Exmouth’s fireworks display, mussel festival and Starcross Swim.
Find out more here > www.exmouthbeachrescueclub.org
The Wave Project
Bringing people together through surfing and helping young people, especially those with learning, physical disabilities and mental health issues. Getting them out on the water brings great joy and this confidence helps young people feel less anxious and more positive about life and their future. And being just around the corner from us we are lucky enought to see them having fun from the restaurant.
Find out more here > www.waveproject.co.uk/
Helping save lives and make our waters safe for everyone.
After 111 years the brand new RNLI lifeboat was re-established in Dartmouth in 2007 and the D class inshore lifeboat named ‘Spirit of the Dart’ and it’s volunteers have been saving lives at sea with over 260 call outs (or 'shouts') since then.
Find out more here > www.dartlifeboat.org.uk
The Royal Dart Youth Sailing Trust
The Holiday Helper’s Network (THHN)
Giving families memories to treasure forever. They provide free, fun filled holidays to families who have seriously ill children or recently bereaved, having lost a child or parent.
Find out more here > http://www.thhn.co.uk
The Torbay Youth Sailing Trust
Pride in Brixham
Pride in Brixham volunteers, formed in 2006, are a group of men and women working closely with the Brixham Harbour Office. Throughout the year they can be seen painting, railings, lamp-posts, seats and the public loos. Over the years they have also created 4 large award winning gardens with beautiful 3 tiered planters, and instigated the 25 'Up the pole planters' in Middle Street. They love Brixham, and would like everyone who lives and visits to love Brixham too!
Find out more here > https://www.facebook.com/PrideinBrixham/
Till the Coast is Clear
Till the Coast is Clear, run by local man Gary Jolliffe, is a social enterprise aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution. A local pioneer in beach cleans Gary's boat is capable of accessing the remote and difficult to reach locations that general beach cleans can’t get to. With a zero tolerance to landfill policy he ensures all waste is either recycled or used for energy generation. Look out for our giant deck chair in our Exeter restaurant and our Wish Fish at Plymouth, both made from salvaged fishing nets form Gary's beach cleans.
Find out more here > https://www.facebook.com/tillthecoastisclear/
The National Marine Aquarium sustainability research 'Reconnect' programme
They're on a mission to reconnect people to try the wonderful sustainable seafood available from British waters and around the world. They're working with communities and give people tools so that they understand and enjoy the variety of sustainable seafood that can be found around Britain and begin conversations between suppliers (e.g. fishmongers, chefs, fishermen) and consumers.
Find out more here > http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/marine-conservation/reconnect/
Our restaurant is opening in August 2019 and we will be supporting RNLI Weymouth and their volunteers who have been saving lives at sea since it was established in 1869. Weymouth is now one of the busiest lifeboat stations on the South Coast operating two lifeboats - Ernest & Mabel, a Severn class all-weather lifeboat, and Phyl Care 3, a B class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat.
Find out more here > https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/weymouth-lifeboat-station
Other local charities
Exmouth Rowing Club
Founded in 1993 ERC is an inclusive, community club with charity status. They aim to bring the traditions and skills of estuary and sea rowing to the town. During training they row in stable 220kg offshore rowing boats. Look out for the new boat we have sponsored gliding past on the water!
Find out more here > http://exmouthrowingclub.co.uk
Brixham Gig Rowing Club
Brixham Gig Club is a community gig rowing club run by volunteers. They have around 100 members of all ages from 12 to 72 years old, all levels of fitness and ability. They have race crews, recreational and social rowers and represent Brixham in gig rowing regattas all over the South West of England. We have sponsored one of their boats so keep a look out around Brixham and you'll spot it on the water.
Find our more here > https://www.brixhamgigclub.com
We're working with dementia awareness organisation to help train our staff so that we can make a difference to someone when they eat out with us. Their motto is "What does it matter if I can't remember yesterday? As long as today is good, that's all that matters"
Find out more here > https://www.purpleangel-global.com
We are also proud to sponsor a number of young aspiring sailors via Youth Sailing Devon and The Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
find out more here >
And the tiddlers...
Some of the funds we raise goes to supporting numerous smaller local activities too:
The Delicious Dart Trail
and lots more.