Welcome to our Website

Hello and welcome to the website of our club, Soroptimist International of Chelmsford & District.

You can get in touch with us by email: sichelmsford@gmail.com or by phone: 07528 789991

WHO EXACTLY ARE SOROPTIMISTS?

Stack of handsSoroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation with Consultative Status at the United Nations. For more information about this, visit our ‘Who Are We?’ page. The Chelmsford club was founded in 1951 and has given over 60 years of service to our community. We are a group of like-minded women, united by our passion for improving the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally.

We are a non-political and non-religious organisation.

OUR CLUB

We are a very friendly group of women who meet on the third Thursday of the month in Room 2 at Christ Church URC in Chelmsford. We hold regular social events, from dining together or going to the theatre or concert – and each summer we hold a garden party.

OUR MEETINGS

Our next meeting is a business meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th January 2016 in Room 2, Christ Church URC, 164 New London Road, Chelmsford. If you would like to learn more about our organisation – and maybe consider joining us – why not come along to one of our meetings and meet everyone; there is a list of dates of our meetings in Calendar of Events. Do get in touch with us (see above) if you are interested; you would be assured of a very warm welcome.

WHAT WE’VE DONE RECENTLY

Best of Sisters Award Launch

To celebrate our 65th Anniversary of Chelmsford Club’s founding, we have launched The Best of Sisters Award.

Promotional Stands

Members have ‘manned’ two promotional stands recently. Earlier this year we took a stand at the Great Baddow Fun Run and in October we held another of our regular quarterly promotional stand in High Chelmer shopping centre. Our next stand is in High Chelmer on Saturday 14th January 2017. If you’re in town that day, please come over and say hello.

Fund-raising supper for SI Kathmandu

On 14 June last year around 30 of us – members, family and friends – had supper at the Everest Gurkha restaurant in Chelmsford. We raised over £200 on the night, with the promise of donations to come. It was a very jolly evening indeed. For more on this story, please visit our Social Activities page.

Paris in the spring

Over the weekend of 30/31 May, members visited our Friendship Link sisters in Paris Lutèce. It was a very happy occasion, greeting old friends and meeting new ones. More on this story on our Social Activities page.

Line up of jackets at March meetingCompetition win

The club has won our Federation’s first Promotional Product Competition with our Dynamic S logo fleeces. We were mentioned in despatches in the Federation’s Club Mailing, the fleeces are also on the Federation’s shop page on their website and we will also appear in the next issue of Soroptimist News.

Pyramid of Shoes

The following pictures were taken on 13 December, at the building of our Pyramid of Shoes, to highlight the plight of victims who had lost feet, limbs – and lives – to landmines and cluster bombs. Handicap International UK joined us for the day and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford came and supported us. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook. And thank you, Tom Shelton (Handicap International UK) for taking most of the photographs on the day.

WHAT THE CHELMSFORD CLUB DOES

We work locally – we lobby and undertake projects that benefit women and girls with organisations such as Chelmsford Women’s Aid (Safer Places). We work regionally – with nine other clubs in the London Anglia Region to support Neat Feet Happy Hands, raising funds for a remarkably simple method that gets rid of jiggers that burrow under the skin of nails on hands and feet. We work nationally – we support the UK Programme Action Committee’s Stop Violence Against Women project (see What We Do to see our event in High Chelmer shopping precinct), and the joint national project in partnership with the Prison Reform Trust to reduce women’s imprisonment. We work internationally – fundraising for the Meru Women’s Gardening Project, which will support some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, and is entirely focussed on providing opportunities to women and girls who may never otherwise be given the chance to earn an income, and gives them status within their community.

For more information on how it all fits together, please visit ‘Our Structure’ page.

If you would like more information on our club and work, get in touch by email sichelmsford@gmail.com or ring us on 07528 789991. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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