Welcome to our Club

Hello and welcome to our club: Soroptimist International of Chelmsford & District.

You can get in touch with us by email: sichelmsford@gmail.com

WHO EXACTLY ARE SOROPTIMISTS?

Stack of handsSoroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation with Consultative Status at the United Nations. For more information about this, visit our ‘Who We are’ page. The Chelmsford club was founded in 1951 and has given over 60 years of service to our community. We are a group of like-minded women, united by our passion for improving the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally.

We are a non-political and non-religious organisation.

NEWS: Domestic Violence at a Five Year High On 13th September the BBC reported that domestic violence killings had reached a five-year high.   What has not changed is that the vast majority of victims of domestic violence are women

Domestic Violence at a 5 Year High

On 13 September the BBC reported that domestic violence killings had reached a five-year high.   What has not changed is that the vast majority of victims of domestic violence are women – whether or not the violence results in fatalities.  Nearly a third of women over the age of 16 here in the UK have experienced one or more incidents of domestic abuse.  For sufferers of domestic abuse, the very concept of ‘home’ is violated when their homes cease to be places of safety.    We know, of course, that men also experience violence.   However, as we see on the evening news, most violence against men is committed by other men, who are not normally acquainted with their victim(s).  By contrast, between 85 – 90% of sexual assault victims are female, the vast majority of such assaults perpetrated by men whom they know.  Each year, some 400,000 women are sexually assaulted in England and Wales alone.   The statistics are terrifying.  Come to our stall at

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Monday 25th November  Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus

Please come to see us and tell others we will be there. More Info

OUR CLUB

We are a very friendly group of women who meet on the third Thursday of the month  at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, St Mary and St Leonard Church, Chelmsford.

If you would like to learn more about our organisation – and maybe consider joining us –  come along to one of our meetings and meet everyone; Meeting dates. Do get in touch with us (see above) if you are interested; you would be assured of a very warm welcome.

 

WHAT THE CHELMSFORD CLUB DOES

We work locally – we lobby and undertake projects that benefit women and girls with organisations such as Chelmsford Women’s Aid (Safer Places). We work regionally – with nine other clubs in the London Anglia Region to support Neat Feet Happy Hands, raising funds for a remarkably simple method that gets rid of jiggers that burrow under the skin of nails on hands and feet. We work nationally – supporting the Purple Teardrop Campaign . We work internationally – fundraising for the Meru Women’s Garden Project, which will support some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, and is entirely focussed on providing opportunities to women and girls who may never otherwise be given the chance to earn an income, and gives them status within their community.

If you would like more information on our club and work, get in touch by email sichelmsford@gmail.com . We’d love to hear from you!

 

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