About our club
A warm welcome to the website of our club, Soroptimist International of East London.
Soroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation with Consultative status at the United Nations.
The East London club was founded in 1931 and draws its members from a wide area, covering Woodford to Hornchurch and Upminster and Docklands. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.15 pm at our venue, Valentines Mansion at Ilford.
We are a small but very friendly club and welcome any newcomers to come and join us. If you would like to find out more about us, get in touch via our contact page or come along to our next meeting. Our email address is also below.
Meetings cover club business, planning events and engaging visiting speakers on a subject that relates to our aims and help celebrate important days in the SIGBI calendar. In addition we hold a range of social and fund-raising events during the year.
We support a number of different local and national charities each year such as providing presents for our local Redbridge Gingerbread’s Children’s Christmas Party and knitting blankets and hats for the elderly and for new born babies for the on-going Kori Women’s Development Project in Taiama. Founded by a current member of SI Thames Valley, this successful project aims to empower and educate women and girls in the Kori District of Sierra Leone.
We are also this year supporting an East London charity, Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), which offers long term recovery support to people facing the challenges of homelessness, addiction, poverty or social isolation. 2015 marks the charity’s golden anniversary.
Local Soroptimist clubs are linked into Regions and our region, the London Anglia Region, holds meetings and study days about four times each year that we can attend. With the other clubs in the Region were are supporting The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in South Africa by fund-raising to pay for training for two women as registered nurses.
As well as club meetings and Regional events we contribute nationally, where we support the UK Programme Action Committee’s Stop Violence Against Women project and the joint national project in partnership with the Prison Reform Trust to reduce women’s imprisonment.
Internationally we raised funds for The 3E’s Healthcare project – which aims to save the lives of countless critically ill women, babies and children in the Gambia. These projects form part of Programme Action, a concept at the heart of Soroptimism. Our new international theme is Educate to Lead and we aim to Educate, Enable and Empower women wherever they live.