Region Programme Action Officer’s Siân & Esther

ˆProgramme Action Officers Report to Region Meeting June 2019

The number of programme reports submitted by clubs from our region between 1stNovember 2018 and 1stMarch 2019 was an impressive 59 resulting in funds raised totalling £14,484 and supporting 253 beneficiaries.  Reports were submitted by just 9 clubs.  End of June is the deadline for clubs to submit programme reports prior to the July UKPAC meeting and we look forward to reading reports from all clubs in our region.   As you know reports provide the evidence needed to keep our seat and voice at the United Nati

 You will be pleased to learn that UK PAC are proposing to revise the report form to make it more ‘user friendly’ and relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mental Health Week – 13thto 19thMay

Please wear your green ribbons to raise awareness of this special week.  If your club is organising a special event to highlight mental health issues do send photographs and a brief report to our Communications Officer, Sue Challoner during that week.  If posting on social media please use #SoroptimistsThinkOnit.

Congratulations to SI Ellesmere Port who have already raised £4000 for MQ – Transforming Mental Health through Research.  Four members travelled to London to present a cheque to representatives of the charity.

 Meru Garden Project

The Meru Garden Project is in its final few months and our Regional Ambassador Shirley Whiteway is asking for members to support the ‘big’ raffle at the Regional Meeting on the 8thJune.  Our region has raised £12,666 to date, a significant amount which we hope to increase before the end of the project in November.  The Federation total is currently £144,737 against a target of £150,000. In addition funds raised between 1stFebruary and 30thApril will be match funded by the UK Government under the Team Mum Appeal.  The region offers its sincere thanks to Shirley for her work as the Meru Regional Ambassador providing us with regular informative progress reports and encouraging clubs to ‘get involved’.

Club Projects

Many clubs are continuing to support their local Women’s Refuge and Shelters for the Homeless by providing food, toiletries and clothing plus fund raising.  SI Bangor for the second year distributed unwanted sandwiches to the Salvation Hostel for the homeless during the SIGBI Conference in Liverpool.

Volunteering at food banks and or donating provisions is reported by some clubs and SI Wallasey raised £500 for the Wirral Food Bank through craft sales and working in partnership with the Wallasey Lions.

A number of projects involving many members include:

  • Making mastectomy cushions is an on-going project by members of both SI Denbigh and SI Anglesey as they are so well received and appreciated by local hospitals
  • SI Northwich in conjunction with Cheshire Library have been busy highlighting the benefits of knitting for physical and mental health by exhibiting their ‘wares’ at their local Library. Club members also sang at a number of Nursing Homes pre Christmas to entertain the residents
  • SI Rhyl have been active in supplying and packing bags of toiletries for the Acute Medical Ward at their local hospital to assist patients who are admitted unexpectedly
  • SI Chester continue to raise awareness of Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking by giving presentations to a range of organisations including the Story House Women’s weekend recently.

Environmental Sustainability

Environment and saving the planet is high on the national agenda and a number of clubs have organised events relating to environmental sustainability:

  • SI South Caernarfon organised a beach clean on the Llyn Peninsula and are busy collecting plastic tops for recycling
  • SI Bangor organised a plastics awareness day asking members to look for purchasing goods with alternative packaging to plastic or even more importantly no packaging
  • SI Nantwich planted 30 trees plus saplings from the Woodlands Trust as part of the Queen’s Canopy project

A reminder for the collection of plastic milk carton and bottle tops for recycling by Lush. As the Regional President’s guest speaker in September will be giving a talk about the environment we would like you to bring your bags of tops to the September meeting for a photo opportunity and we will take the bags to Lush.

 Centenary Challenge 2019 Fundraising for Save the Children 

Centenary fundraising guide

Special dateswhich may be of interest to your club:

·      13thto 19thMay:  Mental Health Week

·      5thJune:  World Environment Day

·      20thJuly:   SIGBI Day of Action for MCAI (Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International)

·      8thSeptember:  International Literacy Day

·      21stSeptember:  International Day of Peace

·      October:  Breast Cancer Awareness Month

·      3rdOctober:  SI Club Friendship Day

·      11thOctober:  International Day of the Girl Child

·      16thOctober:  World Food Day

·      17thOctober:  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

·      18thOctober:  Anti-Slavery Day


Siân Kent & Esther Roberts

Region Programme Action Officer’s