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Soroptimist International - Durham

Soroptimist International of Durham is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

We are Durham Soroptimists


We welcome all women who care about other women and girls near and far. Come and support others, make friends and have fun at the same time! 

LATEST NEWS – Visit our Events and Programme Action pages or click the link to find out more.

16 Days of Activism – 25th November – 10th December

Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

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Collection for Feeding Families – focus for November 2022

Members reached out to their neighbours, friends, clubs to collect much needed items to support families in need.

More than 70 bags have been collected – Well done and thank you to all who have supported Feeding Families

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Inter Club Dinner with Guest Speaker Gerry Hendry – Women in Prisons?

Monday 3rd October 2022

Proceeds to go to “Just for Women.”

Relay Sponsored Walk for Team Kenya

1st October 2022

A Just Giving page has been set up and so far nearly £700 has been raised to support this charity for women and girls.

Read more about this charity and our walk

Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse – Durham Police Appeal – September 2022

See letter of thanks from Harbour Services

Litter Picking along the River Wear – 16th July 2022

Presentation Of Memorial Rose Bush  to Wear Valley Refuge to commemorate Sarah Everard.

Jubilee and Charter Dinner – 10th June 2022  with guest speaker Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Durham  Sue Snowdon.

Jubilee Service at Durham Cathedral – 2nd June 2022

Report  from the day 2nd June

International Women’s Day

Tuesday 8th March

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International Women’s Day Event at Bishop Auckland Town hall – 8th March 2022

Celebrating 100 years of Soroptimism

Soroptimist International was formed 100 years ago and so we celebrated our centenary at a garden party when we baked over a 100 cup cakes.

We also collected £100 in silver coins on our Silver Line! 

Walked 100 km for Endometriosis UK.

Supporting Trafficked Women.

Joy Allen the Police and Crime Commissioner received 2 New Start Bags containing all that a trafficked woman might need, including clothing, cosmetics and personal hygiene items – even hair slides are tucked in!


Ongoing projects

Making crisp packet blankets for the homeless

Activism Against Gender Based Violence 24th November 2021

Collecting items for a local women’s refuge

Supporting our planet by recycling planting trees provided by Woodland Trust as part of The Queens Jubilee Canopy Project.

Litter Picking – Surfers Against Sewage

Collecting used bras for “Supporting Breast Cancer”

Advocacy and Action on Social Issues

Raising awareness of local, national and international issues related to women and children.