What We Do – Events and Campaigns
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Starter Bags for Safer Places
Safer Places is an independent charity in Essex and Hertfordshire providing a safe environment for women and children affected by domestic abuse. There is a refuge house in our area and women and their children arrive there, often with nothing. When, eventually, they are found accommodation and leave to start a new life in a new home, they need everything. Each month the club provides a Starter Bag of basic items, such as washing up liquid, kitchen towels, etc. for a woman leaving the refuge.
From time to time we have promotional stands in Chelmsford’s city centre and other nearby venues, raising awareness of significant issues affecting women and girls, and what Soroptimists are doing to help. For instance, during 2017 we supported the anti-trafficking Purple Teardrop campaign in two ways: by collecting previously loved bras to help set up trafficked women with their own businesses; and collecting signatures for a fabric-based petition, urging fashion manufacturers to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free. We also collected funds for the Meru Women’s Garden Project, and assisted with a national survey assessing awareness of trafficking in the UK. So far in 2018 we have raised awareness of Toilet Twinning, which seeks to provide safe and hygienic sanitation in developing countries. During 2018 – 19, our primary programme focus is on ending violence against women. Come visit us in the main foyer of Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus on Thursday 22nd November to find out more!
We collected pre-loved bras for the Purple Teardrop Project. Supporting the anti-trafficking and anti-slavery campaigns. See our Facebook page: 525 bras collected! and still collecting, (bring to our stand or contact us)
We supported the Meru Garden Project (see below).
We will publicise different campaigns at each stand:
We also have stands at other events:
Meru Garden Project Kenya
The Meru Women’s Garden Project is a three-year collaborative project between Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) and the charity Child.org, which we at SI Chelmsford & District are pleased to support. Through agricultural training, it aims to provide income-earning opportunities for some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, while also providing life-changing ‘alternative rites of passage’ for young girls who might otherwise be subjected to female genital mutilation.
World Literacy Day
Supporting local children and women and girls by raising funds to purchase books.
Rosie May Foundation
We are supporting the Rosie May foundation by sponsoring a girl in Sri Lanka. Their aims include reuniting children to strengthen family ties, create meaningful projects for children and to focus on gender equality by empowering girls and young women to break the cycle of poverty.
Neat Feet Happy Hands
A Project to help rid people of Jiggers, a parasite that damages feet which prevents children attending school and adults working.See website
Best of Sisters Award
to recognise a woman who lives, works or is being educated in the Chelmsford area, who is making a difference to women and/or girls, and deserves recognition.