Soroptimist International is a global organisation for women who wish to work to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide.   It really helps that we hold consultative rights at the United Nations and are recognised as a Non-Governmental organisation representing women from all over the world.

Membership of your local club gives an opportunity to:

  • take part in local, national and international projects to benefit women and girls;
  • enjoy service, friendship and fun with women in your location;
  • lobby, influence and make a difference for women at home and abroad;
  • attend international and national conferences, meeting like-minded women from different countries and cultures;
  • access Soroptimist magazines, websites and databases.

Soroptimist International of Canterbury has been making a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally since 1961. We achieve this through project work focused on education, empowering and enabling women and girls, awareness raising, advocacy and action and through local partnerships.

We currently support through service and programme action:

Locally – Women’s Refuge, Rising Sun Domestic Violence Service, Canterbury Food Bank, Medaille Trust Charity against trafficking and enslavement

Nationally – Campaigns and projects to eliminate Human Trafficking, FGM, Forced Marriage, Reducing Women’s Imprisonment, Target Ovarian Cancer, Child.org

Internationally – Save the Children, The Meru Women’s Garden project (Kenya), Educate to Lead : Nepal, Amnesty International

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We work in partnership with Amnesty international Canterbury and Save the Children Canterbury.

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We refer to our projects as Programme Action. They are always based on our Soroptimist International Vision and Mission and fall into one of our Programme areas:

Economic Empowerment, Education, Violence Against Women, Food Security and Health, Environmental Sustainability, Advocacy


For news of our CLUB ACTIVITIES 2017 – 2018 please check out our NEWS pages in CLUB MENU

or follow the link to our facebook page: Soroptimist international Canterbury

To view our CLUB PROGRAMME 2017-2018 click on the link: Club Programme 2017~2018


SI Canterbury has members from in and around the city including Herne Bay, Whitstable, Faversham and the surrounding villages. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month and welcome visitors, friend and prospective new members to any meeting. We also have a social lunch meeting and a business meeting once a month for those who can attend. Check out our Meetings page for more information about meetings and social events.

We want our membership experience to be vibrant, dynamic, inspiring and rewarding. DSCF4685day of serviceSo, if you’d like to spend time with women who enjoy great social events alongside a desire to improve the lives of women and girls globally, then look no further.

To find out more, please use the contact page, our membership officer is available to meet up and answer your questions. Or, come along to one of our club social lunches held the second Friday of each month. (Please confirm the date and venue with our membership officer).

Here’s what one of our members said about being a Soroptimist.

What is Soroptimist International? by Millie


CLUB MEMBERS 2016-2017


Carol Townsend President-Elect Friendship Link Website Admin

Carol Townsend
Website Administrator

Suganya Smith President Elect

Suganya Smith
President Elect

Yvonne Freeman IPP Programme Action

Yvonne Freeman
Programme Action

Agatha Mbanefo Vice President

Agatha Mbanefo
Vice President

Carol Reed Club Secretary

Carol Reed
Club Secretary

Hazel Braithwaite Region Rep

Hazel Braithwaite
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Maureen Keppler Club Treasurer

Maureen Keppler
Club Treasurer

Ruth Lewis Friendship Link Coordinator

Ruth Lewis
Friendship Link Coordinator

Tricia Emlyn-Williams Membership Officer

Tricia Emlyn-Williams
Membership Officer








Nancy Burroughs Club Member

Nancy Burroughs
Club Member

Millie Brierley Communications Officer Club Photographer

Millie Brierley
Communications Officer
Club Photographer

Jane Webb Club Member

Jane Webb
Club Member



Liz Hartley Club Member

Liz Hartley
Club Member

Dawn Lilford Club Member

Dawn Lilford
Club Member

Vanessa Chadwick Club member

Vanessa Chadwick
Club member




Helen Madzokere Club Member

Helen Madzokere
Club Member

Sally Twizell Club Member

Sally Twizell
Club Member

Lyn Quine Club Member

Lyn Quine
Club Member

Jo Cope Club Member

Jo Cope
Club Member

Susan Booth Club Member

Susan Booth
Club Member

Dawn Ryder Club Member

Dawn Ryder
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Mary Adams Club member

Mary Adams
Club Member








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