About Lions – who we are and what we do


Wherever you live, work or travel across the British Isles and Ireland, you are likely to come across members of Lions clubs and the projects we support. From Abbeyleix to Aberdeen, Yarm to Yeovil, we cover the points of the compass and letters of the alphabet.

Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes. We have 17,000 active members belonging to 900 local clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland. Globally we have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organisation, and love to help others and make things happen.

In 2017, Lions Clubs International celebrates it centenary - to read more about our history, including establishment of the organisation in the British Isles and Ireland, click on the stories and history link.

heartThroughout this website, you will discover interesting stories and see the many different ways that Lions make a difference in local communities wherever you see our heart symbol.

Every Lions Clubs supports a range of good causes and projects in its area where you can get involved. Every day Lions are having fun by organising remarkable and memorable fundraising activities - with every penny raised going direct to good causes. All Lions Clubs administrative costs are covered by the modest annual subscription paid by individual members. Every year in Europe alone, Lions Clubs' members volunteer around 6 million hours of service and raise £88 million to support the needs of local communities.

To get involved at the heart of your community – contact us via:

Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland
Headquarters: 257 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT
Website: www.lionsclubs.co
Twitter: @lionsclubsukire
Facebook: LionsClubsBritishIslesandIreland
Email: enquiries@lionsclubs.co
Telephone: 0845 833 9502

Lions serve wherever and whenever we can

Lions clubs serve local communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.

In towns, villages and cities near you. In hospitals, schools and community centres. In places battered by natural disasters and where people need us, Lions can be found helping, leading, planning and supporting.

Because we are local, we serve the unique needs of the communities in which we live. As we are global, we can address community challenges wherever they occur.

Every Lions club supports a range of projects in its local community within four broad categories: health, sight, youth initiatives and international programmes.

We are involved in raising funds for good causes, organising local events, providing direct support for individuals or groups in the community, helping our partners and responding pro-actively wherever and whenever we can.

All members of Lion Clubs International are committed to serving local communities and share a set of common values.

As volunteers, we are enthusiastic about making a difference and achieving extraordinary things. As people, we are ordinary men and women, who enjoy ourselves and gain satisfaction from playing a key role at the heart of the community.

We believe everyone deserves a healthy life

From providing programmes that focus on hearing loss, to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, we're working to improve the health of children and adults in local communities.

Helping those who do not enjoy the highest standard of health is the purpose of many projects undertaken by members of Lions clubs across the world.   From raising money to fund vital medical equipment for hospitals and hospices, to helping vulnerable individuals, members of Lions clubs care about health issues.

You can read about three specific areas where Lions help improve quality of life through the following links:

Vision of a better tomorrow

Lions Clubs International provides unrivalled support for sight programmes and services within local communities across the world. Projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight, improve eye health and benefit eye care have been an essential part of the work of Lions clubs across the world for nearly 100 years. It was in 1925 when Helen Keller, the inspirational deaf-blind campaigner, challenged Lions to be "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. Responding to this challenge continues in a range of sight related projects undertaken by Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland at home, and in support of communities overseas. You can read more about our sight activities using the following links:
heartNine out of 10 of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries. Lions clubs in the British Isles and Ireland donate on average £65,000 a year to Lions Sight Savers, a registered charity set up in partnership with Sightsavers. This charity is run by volunteer Lions, so all donations fund projects supported by Sightsavers in East Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

We empower the next generation

Whether it's providing volunteer and leadership experiences in our Leo clubs, sharing a positive message through our Peace Poster contest, or delivering Lifeskills teaching support materials, we invest in the future of our children and young people. Lions clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland support a number of established initiatives that help build communities of motivated and capable young people, or offer opportunities for individuals to get involved in helping others. You can read more about a few of our many youth activities using the following links:

We serve local communities and protect the planet

From delivering hands-on projects to supporting emergency relief programmes, Lions Clubs International’s community and environmental activities help those at need in society and improve the neighbourhoods in which we all live and work. With 1.35 million members helping local communities in more than 207 countries through 46,000 clubs, Lions Clubs International is the largest service member organisation in the world. Our size and global reach mean we are able to work with communities on a local, and an international, basis. Through the actions of individual Lions clubs we are able to respond to very specific needs. At the same time, we are able to co-ordinate efforts across local areas or more widely where our combined support can increase the level of help provided. Within Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland, we offer humanitarian support across the globe to local communities affected by disasters. Individual clubs also work closely with fellow Lions in other parts of the world on specific projects. Through the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) we can support major programmes where our combined resources make a real difference. You can read more about some of these initiatives using the following links: