SI Cannock and District Projects
Each Soroptimist International club identifies the needs of its community, then establishes specific projects to address these needs. All our projects relate to one or more of the six Programme Focus Areas: Economic and Social Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights and the Status of Women, and International Goodwill and Understanding.
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The projects listed below include some of the local and international issues we research and support in SI Cannock and District:
Loves Me, Loves Me Not Bookmarks
As part of their ongoing work within the issue of Violence Against Women, Cannock Soroptimists have launched a project which is part of The Purple Teardrop Campaign, initiated and run by SI Poole.
They have produced bookmarks highlighting behaviours which are – or are not – appropriate within a relationship. One side of the bookmark shows what demonstrates that the other person ‘Loves Me’ whilst the opposite side shows things which indicate the person ‘Loves Me Not’.
The aim is for the bookmarks to be given to young people – teenagers – as part of a project or within the curriculum to enable them to consider how they should be treated and how they should treat others. Young people in particular can easily become targets for the unscrupulous who see their vulnerability as a means to exploit them. The intention of providing the bookmarks is to question what makes an appropriate relationship.
The Loves Me/Loves Me Not bookmarks are a positive step in allowing people to assess the quality of new or developing relationships and provide warning signs to look for when they become the focus of special attention.
Loves Me/Loves Me Not bookmarks have been distributed to many groups and schools in Cannock and the surrounding area, including to teachers, librarians, social workers, police officers and health professionals. The bookmarks contain information of how to contact Women’s Aid; Pathway, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline and the number for Non Emergency Police.
The club has also produced some posters which show Loves Me and Loves Me Not side by side.
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The Pathway Project
In 2016-17 SI Cannock has been supporting The Pathway project for many years. Pathway has been supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence in Staffordshire for over 35 years.The charity provides refuge accommodation in Lichfield and Tamworth. It supports local women experiencing domestic violence. Members provide donations, Christmas gifts, easter eggs, toiletries and donate household goods.
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V Festival Clear-Up
Every year SI Cannock aids the V Festival clear-up so that all the items left by the festival visitors do not end up in land-fill. (see more under club news) The items recovered go to the two local women’s refuges except for the tents which are kept to be used in disaster areas wherever they occur. Here are a few photos from this year’s clear-up and from previous years.
Staffordshire Women’s Aid
SI Cannock continues to support their work in Cannock and surrounding areas.
About Staffordshire Women’s Aid:
Through specialist support, we empower victims/survivors to change their lives and plan for safer, healthier and independent futures.As a specialist, grass roots organisation, we place the views and experiences of the individuals and families we support at the heart of our work.
Our Service operates in Stafford Borough, Cannock Chase District, South Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands. It is delivered locally in each district through our Support and Recovery Centres, in Local Satellite Bases and in our Refuges.
Our Service is accessed through our 24-Hour Helpline which operates 365 days a year and accepts agency and self referrals.
Our Service is committed to equality and diversity and aims to provide a service for all regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religion or class.
Our Service is delivered in each area by a team of highly skilled professional practitioners.
All our staff are trained to meet the the National Occupational Standards for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence. All IDVAs are CAADA trained.
We Deliver a range of multi-agency training, awareness-raising, and preventative educational programmes, aiming to change attitudes in our local communities. We contribute to research on domestic violence at local, national and international levels. Our work is based in partnership, and we have a track record for developing innovative, responsive local services.
FIND OUT MORE FROM: http://www.staffordshirewomensaid.org
Purple Teardrop Campaign
In 2011-12 SI Cannock began to support the Purple Teardrop Campaign http://www.purpleteardrop.org.uk
The main aims of which are to:
- Raise awareness among the general public of the plight of women and children who are trafficked
- Try to suppress the demand for trafficked women by making men who use prostitutes aware that they could be contributing to this trade
- Promote the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111, so that members of the public can give confidential information on locations where they think trafficked women are being exploited
- Support the safe houses which provide holistic care for victims who have been freed from trafficking
SI Poole was the first SI club to actively work on this campaign and they have produced a brilliant youtube video showing their work which can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpjquelGIFM . They also have information on how to help the campaign here: https://sigbi.org/poole/teardrop-campaign-how-you-can-help/ .
For the last twelve months Cannock Soroptimists have been promoting this campaign, its main aim being to raise awareness among the general public of the plight of women and children who are trafficked. They have done this by approaching local businesses, taxi firms and churches, many of whom now display Purple Teardrop materials. Through a link with the local College their work has developed into concentrating on the street trafficking of teenage girls, and the club has given presentations to groups of students, using the DVD My Dangerous Loverboy’ as a focus. Meetings with professionals in education, health, social services and with other voluntary groups has led to SI C&D planning an evening presentation on 16th May, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at St Luke’s School, Cannock; this will provide an opportunity for many working in this field to come together and network with the ultimate aim of young girls being equipped with sufficient information to protect themselves, should the need arise. During the presentation we will be showing the DVD ‘My Dangerous Loverboy’. The film was commissioned by the U.K.H.T.C. The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre and its partners, and was endorsed by S.O.C.A. the Serious Organised Crime Agency. It is available for purchase, from SOCA, by those working with young people.
S.N.A.P- Special Needs Adventure Playground
S.I. Cannock supports the Special Needs Adventure Playground in Pye Green Road, Cannock. It is one of very few Adventure Playgrounds designed specifically for children with Special Needs.
The Special Needs Adventure Playground has been running successfully in Cannock, Staffordshire since June 2003. Complete with outdoors adventure play equipment, including an aerial runway, cycle track with specially adapted bikes, a sand pit (with diggers), a sensory garden, a trampoline, an indoors soft play area, craft room and a multi-sensory room it is the only one of its kind in the Chase and West Midlands areas.
In addition SI Cannock continues to support the work of:
St Giles Hospice at www.stgileshospice.com
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Warming Welcome Soup Kitchen, Mill St. Cannock