On Thursday 8th December, gifts donated by SI Bristol members were wrapped ready to give to UNSEEN for current residents of their Safe houses. A team of Programme Action committee members (Liz N, Marion, Sue P and Yvonne) wrapped items to be given to people spending Christmas in an UNSEEN Safe House. Nine items were colourfully wrapped and placed in shoe boxes (8 for women and 5 for men). The shoe boxes and their lids were wrapped separately in gift paper, giving a festive look. That meant we wrapped 143 items! A big thank you to SI Bristol members who contributed items.
On 4th December, 2017, we enjoyed our Christmas. After a delicious meal, our gratitude of the kitchen staff at the Golf Club was shown. This was followed by two activities: one a quiz to work out the associated place name from a clue and the other to identify people from photos posted around the room. Money was collected for Caring in Bristol, a charity that strives to create a society where everyone has a home, has hope, and is part of their community. They deliver projects around homelessness that include the 365 Shelter, Caring at Christmas, Bristol Nightstop, and the Survival Handbook publication. The evening concluded with carols sung by The Owls of Pill. We were encouraged to sing along and we proved to be in fine voice. The Owls are a group of all-male singers, garbed in Dickensian costumes. They took a collection from
On Saturday 25th November, Soroptimists and Friends were entertained by the Harry Brown Singers with a selection of lively music. They had us all lustily joining in with Row the Boat Ashore and other songs with a nautical twist. The evening was enhanced by the ploughman’s supper in the interval and the drinks on offer at the bar. Many thanks to Denise and her team as well as all the other helpers. A representative of UNSEEN our club charity gave a short talk in the interval and a collection was taken.
On 25th November Soroptomists from throughout the southwest joined the SI Weston-Super-Mare Club in their initiative to raise awareness and support the United Nations “Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”. Soroptomists from Barnstable, Bath, Bridgewater, Cirencester, Plymouth, Swindon, Taunton, Tiverton and Western-Super-Mare travelled by train (“railing”) to Bristol Temple Meads station to join members of the Bristol Club. Most were adorned in distinctive orange clothing (including wigs). The main group walked, in a very orderly fashion, with banners and a loudhailer from Temple Meads Station to the Lord Mayor’s Chapel at the bottom of Park Street. A small group, including Tara Arkle, took the bus to College Green. During their “railing”, Soroptimists distributed “Loves me /Loves me not” bookmarks and cards to other passengers. This publicity material has been carefully produced to define in clear and simple terms the difference between good and
At our Regional Meeting on 18th November we were privileged to hear Tara Arkle, a writer and campaigner talking about domestic abuse. She was passionate about her subject and an inspiration to us all. Her talk was particularly relevant because on 25th November Soroptomists from throughout the south west will join SI Weston-super-Mare club to raise awareness and support the United Nations Day for the elimination of violence against women. Soroptomists will travel by train to Bristol Temple Meads station, many wearing distinctive orange clothing and distributing “Loves me /Loves me not” bookmarks and cards to people as they walk through Bristol with banners, ending at the Lord Mayor’s chapel. Dame Joan Collins has added her support to the campaign and she will be at the Lord Mayor’s chapel. The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens
At the end of 2016 police raided nail salons because of modern slavery, with more than 60 businesses facing fines. And so SI Bristol joined businesses and community groups across the country painting our nails neon yellow to raise awareness of slavery in nail salons and empower everyone to be able to recognise this hidden crime and report it.
We hope you may like to help us by answering a few questions on what you know about human trafficking and modern slavery. The online survey is only open until 7th October and it really only takes five minutes to complete. Below is an explanation about what we are doing but to speed it up for you if you put www.sigbi.org/ukpac/survey/ into your browser it takes you directly to the survey. If you want to remain anonymous where it asks for your email address put in firstname.lastname@example.org More Information about the survey Survey on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery 1st – 7th October 2017 Does slavery happen in the UK today? The Soroptimist Club of Bristol is taking part in a larger survey (along with Soroptimist Clubs, across the whole of England) during 1st – 7th October this year. This is with the support of
On Saturday 22nd July we were treated to a most enjoyable afternoon at Vyv’s lovely home. We were warmly greeted by Denise, Anne and manged the bar, Ruth had been helping all day with cooking the delicious sausages and Duncan, with his health and safety hat on, made sure that we were able to admire the beautiful garden without any mishaps. We raised £315 for Unseen. We had a stand with our Programme Action activities including highlighting SIGB’s Meru Women’s Garden Project. We raised awareness and sold produce from our gardens including jam and the amount collected will go towards our next year’s donation towards the project. It was a very happy gathering of members, husbands, partners and friends and family and an opportunity to enjoy a summer garden party whilst raising funds for this year’s club charity.
On Thursday 29th June, SI Western-Super-Mare organized their 9th ‘Skirting Science’, this time at Churchill academy and Sixth From. There were 16 workshops addressing various aspects of science and the event was attended by 194 year 9 girls from 12 area schools. The aim was to attract them to science subjects at GCSE. Each participant attended three workshops. The event was supported by 25 volunteers from four Soroptimist Clubs (Western-Super-Mare, Bristol, Bath and Bridgwater [now Associates]). The Federation President, Ann Hodgson, attended the entire event.
Staff and clients at Eden House were so pleased with the 2015 Christmas Workshop given by two of our members last year that they requested a repeat one this year unfortunately only one of us was available this year. Denise repeated her limited repertoire which involved making a simple table arrangement with fresh foliage, a candle and a few glittery items and a simply sown hanging tree decoration using felt or material and more glitter. About half a dozen ladies attended including staff that joined in. Although they were initially reluctant, all completed both items and seemed very pleased with the outcome. The staff were very grateful for the afternoon’s activity and seem keen to repeat the workshop during next year.