SI Bridgend Programme Action Report 2013/4
|VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (STOP IT NOW)
- 37 MEMBERS SIGNED SI STAFFORD’S PETITION which called on the UK Government to ensure that the perpetrators of violence against women are brought to justice.
- The Presentation on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking from the last Regional meeting was shown to all club members as an awareness raising session at our March PA meeting. Further action in the new Presidential year.
- The SIGBI Modern Day Slavery Quiz was completed by members present at the January PA meeting; the results collated and returned.
- Some members continue to visit a local Primary School once a week in term time to listen to children reading. This is organised and much appreciated by the Headteacher who is a member of our club.
- A monetary Science award is given annually to a pupil at a local school who is going to pursue a career in science when they leave.
- The Club supports financially the education of a teenage girl in the Cape Verde islands through the SI Cardiff Cape Verde project. 2 members also support other girls there.
- Money raised and sent to Friends of Hadhraumunt has been spent on desks and chairs for a Primary school in that district of the Yemen so the children no longer have to sit on the floor for their lessons.
|VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – PRT ACTION PACKClub members watched the DVD – ‘Smart Justice for Women’ – at one club meeting while some read the whole report. There was a good discussion but there were strong arguments from a few members that the prison reform should be for all prisoners and that women shouldn’t be treated differently. There has been no further action to date.
|THE BIG PROJECT (MCAI)
- Members and friends with some Brownies and parents did the Regional sponsored walk in May from Marcross light house to the Visitors’ centre at the Kenfig Nature reserve (or some of it!) and raised £1176, half of which went to The Big Project and the other half to the President’s project.
- Members continue to collect jewellery, used cartridges etc. and take them to Regional meetings for recycling for this project.
|WORK WITH PARTNERS AND GOVERNMENT
- AGE CONCERN – providing ‘Teas for the Elderly’ (about 6 at present) on Sundays once every 2 months at members’ homes. Members provide transport, tea and company which is much appreciated by those invited.
- International President’s night was fund raising for the ‘See Solar Cook Solar’ project.
- Donation sent to the Philippine Typhoon Appeal.
- Lobbying letters were sent to local AMs, MPs and MEPs requesting support for the Malala campaign for Education of Girls World wide. Most replied.
- Club continues to support Talat at SI Karachi and Connect with money raising, particularly by the sale of items made by one member to other members at club and at region. The money has been spent on a gardening project for women and flood relief projects. Some funds were raised at an ESU Garden Party at Ffonmon Castle where club members ran a tombola stall.
- Girlguiding. This year a ‘Brownies have Talent’ competition was held locally for all the Brownie packs in the Bridgend district. Heats were held in each group and the finals and judging arranged by club members in a local school. Certificates and prizes were provided along with light refreshments. The evening was a great success with many parents and friends attending and many more people of all ages knowing by the end of the evening about Soroptimist International and what we do.
The Brownies are already preparing for this year’s competition!
- The Rest. Members were still involved in serving teas on Mondays to incoming guests until the end of September. This Holiday Residence (mainly for the elderly) has now been sold and its future uncertain. One member of our club is still involved on the committee until matters are resolved and the accounts wound up. The club has been involved with this residence for at least 60 years and is very sad to see it close.
- The President’s project this year has been fund raising for Noah’s Ark children’s Hospital and some for Yr Bwthyn at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
|LOCAL PROJECTSSupport for Bridgend Women’s Aid, the local church Christmas Tree festival, Operation Christmas Child (Christmas parcels for children), Collecting for Bridgend Food Bank, Lions Club Cowbridge Summer Fair Soroptimist Tombola Stall, Celebration – International Women’s Day – meeting on Bridgend’s very old bridge followed by lunch.
Finally I would like to thank everyone for all their support throughout the year and for all your commitment and effort in supporting our different Programme Action Projects. I look forward with other members to meeting newer members soon to try to focus and perhaps throw some light on the whole issue of PA.
SI Bridgend Programme Action Officer