About Us

Hello and welcome to the Soroptimist International Blackpool and District website.

Soroptimist International was founded in 1921, when eighty women formed the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California. Since then, membership has grown to over 90,000 women across the world. This makes us the world’s largest classified service organisation for women.

Our Club, chartered in 1961 as S.I. Blackpool and incorporating S.I. Fleetwood in 2004, is friendly and outward-looking, currently involved in a range of projects including domestic violence and supporting the President’s charity this year: P.I.E.S.

Our members come from a range of backgrounds including health, law, farming, finance and education and we meet at the Hilton Hotel on the Promenade in Blackpool on the second Thursday of the month.  Here is a flavour of just some of the things we get up to through our Soroptimism!

  • One of our Club members has served on the Rossall Hospital League of Friends for many years and is joined by fellow Club members in serving the needs of the hospital
  • Our Club members provide two teams to help run the Child Contact Centre in Poulton on a regular basis
  • We provide a team of members to record the Talking Newspaper for the Blind each month
  • One of our former members founded the Osteoporosis Support Group on the Fylde Coast and gave encouragement and support to the start up of similar groups in the North West
  • Two of our members represent the Club on the fundraising committee of the Lancashire Life Education Centres which offer teaching about healthy lives and avoidance of substance abuse in schools throughout Lancashire
  • Guiding is our Treasurer’s passion and we link up with these young women to give service to various projects around the area

We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.  We hope to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.

Take a look at what we’re up to on our Diary page, see what we’ve got involved in previously in our Gallery, and do get in touch via our Contact Us page if you’d like to get involved – you’ll be made most welcome.