Also known as ‘Project Activity’
Programme Action is the ‘raison d’etre’ and at the heart of Soroptimism and all our projects and campaigns are intrinsically linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [SDG’s]. Soroptimists worldwide work to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls to achieve and unlock their potential in every area of their lives.
To learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
SI Anglesey Members are keen recyclers and where we see an opportunity to recycle, up-cycle or donate unwanted items to a deserving cause we go for it! It is an opportunity for all members to get involved whether it is donating their bras for recycling or to Smalls for All, or washing their bottle tops to be made into pin cushions or sustainable packaging.
Our members are encouraged to collect and bring to Club meetings the following items for recycling or donation to other charities:
All foodstuffs, toiletries, baby supplies and working mobile phones for Refuge and Food Banks
Household items, bedding and towels, toiletries, socks, underwear for the Homeless Charity Digartref Ltd
Jewellery, foreign currency
Bras for recycling and donation to charities
Knitted squares and fruit and vegetable nets for upcycling
Plastic bottle labels and ring pulls
Spectacles, batteries, hearing aids
Some of our currrent recycling projects are:
Ring pulls and Labels from Plastic Bottles
The ring pulls and labels are sent to the Purple Community Fund where they are made into items for sale.
For further information visit http://www.p-c-f.org/
The bag on the right is full of ring pulls and plastic bottle labels that was sent to Purple Community Fund in 2017
Bra Bins have been placed at various locations on Anglesey since 2016. Some of the bras, which included unworn or little worn ones, are sent to Smalls for All, which distributes the bras to girls in developing countries. http://www.smallsforall.org/
Helping the Homeless
Homelessness is becoming a major problem throughout the UK and SI Anglesey work with Digartref Ltd to ease the burden on both the organisation and the homeless. The Club regularly prepares ‘Nightstop Bags’ which contain everything a person suddenly finding themselves homeless might need, and includes sleepwear, clean underwear and toiletries. For Christmas 2017 members contributed shoe boxes containing various items, including small gifts, that Digartref clients might enjoy and find useful.
For more information on the work of Digartref visit: http://www.digartref.co.uk/home/
Breast Cancer Awareness
Women and Girl’s health is one of our top priorities and for the past few years Club has held a Breast Cancer Awareness Raising Event on the Island. 2017 saw the event in Valley. Shops were given an opportunity to ‘dress’ their window display in pink. Stermat won this year’s prize of a bottle of champagne, the shop assistants entering into the spirit of the event and wearing pink accessories, and pink tutus. Donations received during the event resulted in Club being able to donate £250 to the local Breast Cancer Support Group
For information on Breast Cancer Support visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area
L-R Pink Ladies of Club manning the stall, Stermat Ladies in front of their window display, President Michelle and Chris Wilson donating the cheque to the local Breast Cancer Support Group.
In light of consultation with Ysbyty Gwynedd SI Anglesey members are now sewing mastectomy cushions, which are being produced for patients at Ysbyty Gwynedd. It is estimated that there are around 10 mastectomy patients each week and Club is aiming to produce enough to cope with the demand.
One of President Michelle’s special interests is in Dementia Care and SI Anglesey have been involved in memory aids for many years, starting with Memory Aprons and now graduating to knitted Twiddlemuffs. Members have been busy knitting Twiddle Muffs to be given to dementia patients at Ysbyty Gwynedd and a Home for the Elderly in Bryngwran.
Click on the link below for the Twiddlemuff Pattern