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Programme Action

Programme Action is what we call the work we undertake to support Soroptimist International (SI) to achieve  the goals and objectives agreed by the organisation.  We give service both locally, nationally and internationally and also work on projects which we report up to the United Nations where SI holds Category One Status.

Due to the current Pandemic our club cannot meet up as usual to give the normal support it would to local organisations but our members have been kept busy behind the scenes doing whatever they can to support local, national and international projects.

2021 Projects

UKPAC is sending 100 trauma bears to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Each bear is hoping to find more bear friends in his/her quest to find a deserving home.
On receipt of our bear, we put out an appeal for knitters or crocheters in the area to knit some cousins for our bear.

The aim of the trauma bears are to be carried in the back of Police Cars for victims of trauma, so your local Constabulary or Police Crime Commissioner may welcome bears and/or local women’s refuge and/or children’s centre. Other emergency vehicles may wish to carry them as well. Source and list these locations as homes for the bears. COVID bears can be quarantined for 72 before transactions.


These are the first of SI Blackpool’s teddies who are ready to join their cousins in helping the victims of trauma.

Anyone wishing to knit or crochet some more cousins for our three bears please click on the following link to get the pattern. Trauma Teddy Pattern



Our Treasurer Jean, is involved with a Pre School group, who have been looking for equipment in the form of Story Sacks.

Our knitters have once again been busy and so far created “Goldilocks & the 3 Bears,” “Red Riding Hood” and The Gruffalo’s Child



The club has been unable to host it’s annual Programme Action Supper in January this year due to the COVID lockdown.  This event is held in support of FCWA (Fylde Coast Women’s Aid) where members enjoy a social evening and usually bring donations of items needed by the women in the refuges.

Last year we collected a variety of cleaning materials which the women take with them when they move into a new home of their own. Having consulted with FCWA we were tasked with a similar collection for 2021 and at the end of March, a huge array of products ranging from dishcloths and washing up bowls to floor mops and furniture polish we handed over to FCWA.


We are asking our members, family and friends to collect ring pulls (drinks cans only please). These are used by “Purple Community Fund” who send them to women and girls in the Phillipines and Tanzania who live in poverty. They in turn use them to upcycle them into stylish fashionable accessories and items of jewellery which are then sold. Each ring pull is worth 3p


We are also collecting empty blister packs which contained tablets. Superdrug are now taking these collections in aid of Marie Curie.





Other projects our members have been involved in are:

Members who usually record the Talking News in the studio at Princess Alexandra Care Home, have downloaded the Audacity app and following special training have carried on their good work, recording from their own homes.

Other projects our members have been involved in are:



Making Scrubs and Face Masks for the NHS





Knitting Blankets for the Fistuala Hospital in Ethiopia





Collecting Books and Toys for Local Schools





Collecting Bras and Knickers for the charity “Smalls for All”





Collecting old spectacles for Vision Aid