The Club’s priorities
Each year the club decides what we’ll do and which projects we will support. Some projects are supported over several years whilst others are short term. We usually opt to help a local, national and international project- and will also support the projects that SIGBI and/ or our Region propose.
Safe schooling for Moroccan girls
In 2020/2021 we have decided to embark on a three year project in partnership with the British Moroccan Society http://www.britishmoroccansociety.org and the Assafou Association http://www.associationassafou.org
Girls living in the rural areas of Morocco receive local primary school education. When they leave and go to secondary school there is a dilemma for their families who have fears about their safety travelling to and from the city. Many girls drop out of school at this time.
Bromley Soroptimists have committed to fund raising for the next three years to fund the transport that ensures that at least some can go to school and reach their full potential.
In 2019/20 we concentrated on support for the following-
Bromley Foodbank now has four outlets in the London Borough of Bromley.
We raised money to keep the wheels turning on the Foodbank’s vehicle- it’s the practical things, such as putting fuel in a car, that need money!
The club has donated food on a regular basis, and then focussed on the provision of feminine hygiene items which were not donated so readily by other organisations. We continue to help with collections at Tesco’s supermarkets, collect food from locations around the Borough at Harvest festival time and some members help the food banks as volunteers. Additionally we help at the summer project run jointly by Bromley Methodist Church and the Foodbanks
Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid-
Our local service for women and children affected by domestic violence. BWA provides emergency accommodation for women and their children who are at risk and need to leave their homes- often with only what they can carry. From there families are helped to make important life decisions and resettle. Additionally preventive services are provided both directly to families and in schools.
The Red Box Project-
we funded supplies for this local project that addressed period poverty in the most practical way. We were delighted that the government responded to pressure from women’s’ organisations to provide this service in schools. And look forward to VAT being removed from sanitary towels at the end of 2020.