Bournemouth Soroptimist, Nathalie Sherring, is the Chief Officer of a local charity called Dorset Race Equality Council. She loves her volunteering role within soroptimists and explains her most recent role here……………. “I joined in 2016 and have had various roles within the club. This year, I have volunteered to be the Programme Action Group Officer for the club and to co-ordinate all the projects that the club do. Our main project headings are International projects, Violence Against Women, Planet/Environment. Within those main groups, there are several projects that the club members undertake. We also have a very strong Lobbying, Advocacy and Research co-ordinator who is very active: currently we are lobbying for the Istanbul Convention to be ratified by the UK and for the Domestic Abuse Bill to become a law.
SI Bournemouth members showed their support for International Women’s Day at their recent meeting when they celebrated their actions educating girls in Bangladesh and twinning toilets throughout Asia and Africa. #SoroptimistsStandUpForWomen #EachforEqual
Trustees Bobbie & Jean inform members about the work of Cementing Futures Trustees of the club charity, Cementing Futures, updated members and visitors on its work at their recent meeting. Not only that, Bobbie and Jean dressed accordingly for the occasion impressing members and visitors including the Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Susan Phillips! Cementing Futures, provides nursery and primary education in Bangladesh by securing premises, trained teachers and equipment along with a daily nutritional snack for the children.
Cllr Susan Phillips, Mayor of Bournemouth, proudly received Toilet Twinned status on behalf of the town at the club’s February meeting. Soroptimist International of Bournemouth began to raise funds for the Toilet Twinning charity to celebrate the club’s 80th anniversary in 2018. Since then, they have twinned more than 90 toilets in eleven countries across Africa and Asia, and have encouraged many others to twin too. Bournemouth town now joins an elite group of 35 other UK towns and cities to receive the award. Teaming up with Toilet Twinning to mark the anniversary was an obvious project because a common approach is shared to eradicate poverty and all Soroptimist International’s work is linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and both share a mission to work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and create opportunities for women and girls. Toilet
True Story, True HonourIn recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, SI Bournemouth #orangedtheworld and partnered Bournemouth University and Dorset Police to host an ‘Honour Based Violence’ presentation by Sarbjit Kaur Athwal and Dr Clive Driscoll from the charity, True Honour. The True Honour charity campaigns to raise awareness of honour based violence, forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. Sarbjit’s sister-In-law was the victim of an honour based killing and she gave a very personal testimony at the event which was heartbreaking. She strived for years to convince police and social services that her sister -in-law had been taken to India and murdered. Eventually Dr Clive Driscoll who at the time was a DCI with the Metropolitan Police took up her case and obtained the first conviction for an honour based murder. Sarbjit tells the story in her book –
Long standing member of Bournemouth Soroptimists, Pam Baker, had a surprise at the recent club meeting when members gave her a birthday cake to celebrate reaching 90 years of age! Pam had already been spoilt by family and friends who took her for a birthday lunch and a theatre visit to see Madame Butterfly, her first theatre outing since recovering from a long term illness. Pam thanked members for the lovely flowers which were sent to her too.
Bournemouth Soroptimists were out in force at the recent federation conference held locally at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). Understandably it was ‘all hands on deck’ to support the Executive Board of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) at this annual extravaganza when women from 29 countries met and celebrated all things mental health which they had been promoting since they last met in Liverpool in 2018. The strapline #thinkonit was used throughout the year as requested by outgoing President Sue Williams. Many inspiring speakers motivated delegates to continue their work on mental health issues which focus on educating, empowering and enabling women and girls to face challenges in their lives. This is a theme which soroptimists adhere to in all their work whether it is in the realms of Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security and Healthcare or Violence and Conflict
Welcome Anita President Catherine was delighted to welcome new member, Anita Fenton, to the club at the October meeting. Anita has recently moved to the Bournemouth area and consequently moved Soroptimist clubs too so she is familiar with the vision and mission of the organisation and Is raring to get involved with Bournemouth club.
SI Bournemouth members welcomed Liz Carter, Project Manager at the Water Lily Project to their September meeting. The Project provides support and empower vulnerable women in Christchurch and surrounding areas and help them back to independent living, a service which soroptimists are enthusiastic about locally, nationally and internationally. It predominantly supports vulnerable women in crisis. This may be a temporary crisis such as an acrimonious divorce, bereavement, illness etc or it could be something more long term such as mental health issues, self-harming, domestic violence and abuse, addiction or financial difficulties. The aims for all of the beneficiaries is to: provide a friendly and loving environment where women feel safe and protected give women the freedom to be themselves give women space to heal and grow give FREE support in a non-judgmental surrounding On a secondary level the project supports the local community at a cafe which they
Soroptimist International of Bournemouth supporter Bob Chapman was, on 26 February 2019, admitted to be an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Bournemouth as the highest mark of esteem and honour that the Council can bestow in recognition of the 37 years eminent service rendered by him to the Council particularly as Mayor during his tenure of this important and honourable office from May 2006 to May 2007 Effective from 6 May 2019 he will be admitted to be an Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Bournemouth in recognition of 37 years eminent service to the Council and the Town We thank him for his support over the years and wish him well in his new title as Honorary Freeman Mr Chapman