Region Programme Action Officer’s Report


February 2018

Programme Reports

There were 39 programme reports published in the last 4 months. with almost £15,000 raised and 257 beneficiaries reported. These reports were made by just 7 clubs.

SI Bangor are to be congratulated on a host of interesting reports detailing a wide range of projects, activities and fund raising. Partnership with another organization can pay dividends as show by SI Runcorn’s fundraising with the Ladies Section of Runcorn Golf Club producing over £3000 for the local hospice.

Many reports were of Christmas parcels, food and gifts to places like Women’s Refuge and homeless shelters. SI Bangor had the great idea of taking all the unused sandwiches from conference lunches to the homeless of Cardiff and the Salvation Army hostel.

Although we know that all clubs took part in the Trafficking Awareness survey only one has reported it to date. SI Nantwich continued with their Awareness raising with a showing of “Sold” and an expert panel for questions, speaking on local radio and also raised funds for the Salvation Army to use for victim support.

Cliubs enjoyed coffee mornings, teas and suppers to raise money for Meru Gardens, The Samaritans, Mary’s Meals etc

SI Caernarvon held a highly successful coffee morning for Macmillan nurses.

International projects were supported by funds including £730 for the Oaks School in Sierra Leone raised by SI Bebington in a fashion show and money for a family well in Cambodia (SI Bangor)

SI Birkenhead ran their annual Charity Shop raising £900 for their projects.

Special dates your club may be interested in 2018

 6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

8 March International Women’s Day

22 March World Water Day

7 April World Health Day

5 June World Environment Day

7 July   UKPAC STUDY DAY- Awareness, Advocacy, Action for Justice at The Europa, Hotel Belfast

further details at https://sigbi.org/ukpac/studyday/

International Women’s Day 2018

There are opportunities to link this year’s IWD with 100 years since suffragettes got the vote and also with Regional President Hilary’s Theme ‘Walk a Mile With a Smile’

S.I. Llandudno intend to meet at the Cocoa House, Llandudno which is where the first society for women’s’ suffrage in Wales was formed in 1907. As it will be 100 years since women got the vote, they plan that there will be a BRIEF account of the background to the Suffrage struggle for women to get the vote. Their members will be able to have a coffee plus cake/biscuit ( details to be finalised) and then they will walk along the Promenade with sashes which represent the Suffragette  struggle as well as Soroptimist sashes to draw attention to the aim of empowering women which links the two organisations.

SI Chester will again work with Chester Women’s Aid at their IWD event at Chester Town Hall.

SI Heswall will have a display and be at TWW.

Walk A Mile With a Smile. Many clubs have walked on promenades, city walls , canalside paths etc. An idea for this year is for lots of clubs to do this on the 8th March (or nearby) and get, or send, photos and information to their local news papers. Placards with slogans like “Eliminate Violence Against Women”, “100 Years of Votes for Women” or “Gender Equality” can be useful talking points with members of the public, and possibly follow Llandudno’s lead and dress as suffragettes.