Hello,  My name is Rhona Teale and I am the current President of Soroptimists International Barrow-in-Furness I have been a member of Girlguiding for nearly 50 years. I am a Trustee for Boxes of Hope Cumbria and Volunteer at Barrow Women’s Community Matters. I am 60 years old, a widow and live on Walney Island.. I  have a daughter, Dawn who has her own Painting and decorating business and a Son Adam who is just finishing his 2nd year nursing degree. I joined the Soroptimists because their values are very similar to that of Girlguiding.  I have travelled to India, Mexico and Romania to help those less fortunate than ourselves and I am sure that working together in partnership with other organizations we can transform and educate the lives of girls and young women both locally and internationally.


Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International Barrow in Furness. Our Club consists of a group of 14 friendly, lively and energetic ladies from all walks of life and of all ages working together and using our various skills and talents to make a difference locally and in the wider world. We work in partnership with a range of organizations   including Unicef,  Water aid,  Book Aid and  Maternal & Childbirth Advocacy International. We also support Emergency relief funds.

Membership of our organization gives you the opportunity to undertake local, national and international projects, that educate, empower and enable women and girls to reach their full potential.

We enjoy service, friendship and fun with women locally.

We lobby, influence and make a difference for women at home and abroad.

We meet women from different countries and cultures

We support Barrow Women’s Community Matters and Boxes of Hope Cumbria  (Shoeboxes to Romania)


We were formed in 1966 have monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday in every month 7.30 p.m. at Michaelson House, Fairfield Lane, Barrow-in-Furness.

We are always on the look-out for new members and you would have a warm welcome at our meetings









Formed in 1966, we meet twice each month, at Michelson House , at 7.30.Our interests range across:

  • Economic and Social Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Rights and the Status of Women
  • International Goodwill and Understanding

as well as many more lighthearted activities.

Do have a look at the rest of our site and if you are interested in what we do we would love to meet you.

Get in touch and come and meet us. You can be sure of a warm welcome.