Region Programme Action Officer’s Siân & Esther

ˆProgramme Action Officers Report to Region Meeting February 2019

SI Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral were congratulated at the UKPAC meeting in November with regard to the number of Programme Focus reports submitted on behalf of the region. This was highlights as the reports provide the evidence needed to keep our seat and voice at the United Nations…..please keep up the good work.

There were 42 programme reports published between 1stSeptember and 31stDecember 2018 with almost £6,492 raised and 166 beneficiaries reported. These reports were made by just 8 clubs.

Several clubs reported projects that included Christmas parcels, food and gifts to organisations like Women’s Refuge and homeless shelters.  Other clubs have also been busy making mastectomy cushions, twiddle muffs and putting together bags for Mary’s meals.

Raising awareness is high on the agenda for a number of clubs for example:

  • SI Anglesey is to be congratulated for their breast awareness project when they arranged for all the shops in Llanfair PG to decorate their shops windows in pink and a prize given for the most innovative display.
  • SI Birkenhead continue to support the Forgotten 10 Challenge
  • SI Chester continue to raise awareness of Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking by giving presentations to a range of organisations and social media
  • SI Denbigh and Ruthin have been actively lobbying to help prevent the closure of a local hospital

S I South Caernarfon are to be congratulated for continuing with their long term project in sponsoring Hellen, a local woman in Mkushi, Zambia to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. The project began when they decided to help Hellen complete her education, which has enabled her to attend a Nursing College where she is now in her final year. Her success will empower her to play a key role in her community as a fully qualified nurse and be a role model for other girls/women in Mkushi.

There have been some very successful fund raising events including:

  • SI Birkenhead with their annual Christmas Grotto raising money for local charities
  • SI South Caernarfon raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research by arranging a coffee morning
  • SI Chester raffling a painting at Conference for the Meru project

Many congratulations to Jill Andrew and Maureen Thompson of SI Heswall  & District for their professional presentation about ‘Tomorrow’s Women Wirral’ at conference.  The centre which supports vulnerable women was developed following intensive research by Maureen resulting in the setting up of a centre which is now a thriving community supported on an on-going basis by Soroptimists.  The centre offers counselling and courses that help the women address their issues and support them when looking for employment.

Our sincere thanks to Sue Challoner and Helen Owen for all their hard work and commitment over 16 days posting every day on social media raising awareness for the ‘Elimination of Violence against Women’.

There is a march in London on 5thMarch for ‘violence against women’ which is being organised by the Centenary Action Group. 

Special dateswhich may be of interestedin 2019:

6th February – International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

25th February – 10th March – Fairtrade fortnight

March – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

7th March – World Book Day

8th March – International Women’s Day

22nd March- World Water Day

7th April – World Health Day

5th June – World Environment Day

20th July – SIGBI Day of Action

Siân Kent & Esther Roberts

Region Programme Action Officer’s