Welcome to Keighley (Home of the Brontes)

Members of Soroptimist International of Keighley welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy reading about our branch work in the local community of this international organisation.

We are situated in West Yorkshire in what was once an important engineering town which supported the local textile industries in Bradford and Leeds.  We are part of Bradford Metropolitan District.  We are fortunate to have the home of the Brontes in Haworth and on the moorlands around you can see the landscape enjoyed and written about by the Writers.  We also have the road over the moors to Hebden Bridge which would have been the route of Charles Wesley who scouted the area to preach wherever possible.

Soroptimist International of Keighley  is part of the global Soroptimist International organisation.  It is a women’s organisation with a mission to make the world a better place for women and children.  Each club achieves this goal through awareness, advocacy and action within 5 different project areas that include learning opportunities, environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, food security and healthcare, and violence and conflict resolution.

Soroptimist International of Keighley celebrated 80 years in 2014 and it is mother club to Skipton in Craven and Bingley which were chartered in 1949. It is a member of the Yorkshire region of Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI)  which has 27 clubs at the present time.