Four Blackburn members and Soroptimists from five other clubs from around the NW England and Isle of Man region joined the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership to help with their campaign to bring awareness to Modern Day Slavery.
Carrying placards and wearing Anti-slavery sashes the Soroptimist group lead the Freedom March silently and in single file around the town centre. This was the second such Roadshow and others will take place around Lancashire throughout 2019.
The club paid for a day at Samaritans in memory of member Jean Knight.
A cheque for £720 was presented to Kara Raynor from Lancashire Women, formerly Lancashire Women’s Centres. The money was raised at a quiz held in October. The work of the Lancashire Women very much echos the vision and aims of Soroptimists.
The Lancashire Women vision:
Our vision is where all women and girls in Lancashire are valued and treated as equals.
To empower women and girls to be able to transform their lives by bringing them together to
• find their voice
• share experiences and understanding
• develop their knowledge and skills
• challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about them
… so that they can have choices in becoming the individuals they want to be.
Humraaz Support Services provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse and all forms of Harmful Traditional Practices.
Nightsafe is a charity supporting homeless people aged 16-24 years. It is a small locally based charity in Blackburn providing holistic services to homeless and vulnerable young people.
A coffee morning was held recently at member Andrea’s home to raise awareness and funds for two local charities who are providing sanitary items for women. Period Poverty is an increasing problem for homeless women and for women in difficult financial situations. Many sanitary items were collected at the coffee morning and Blackburn club members Andrea and Siobhan visited Nightsafe and Humraaz to present the items and cheques.
Members of Soroptimist International Blackburn, who are also STEM Ambassadors, presented a programme to inspire and enthuse Year 7 girls at Darwen Vale High School.
The girls were asked to complete a self assessment of their characteristics and natural abilities. This self knowledge would then direct them, towards the types of careers best suited to them. The girls were encouraged to consider career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. They were also asked to consider careers, previously thought of, to be only for boys.
Employability skills such as team work, communication skills, problem solving and using initiative, were tested during a construction challenge. Against the clock, the girls were asked to build the tallest tower possible, that would support a bottle of water. The successful team called themselves, ’The Winners’ and were awarded the trophy for their achievement.
Soroptimist International Blackburn’s objective was to educate, empower and enable girls from all background to aspire to careers they may not previously have considered, or known of. Mrs Townson, Head of Science at Darwen Vale HS was delighted with the reaction of the girls to this presentation and it is hope that this will become an annual event.