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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.

Welcome to SI Durham

What do we do?

Like all Soroptimist Clubs, we work together to support the Vision, Mission and Programme Goals of Soroptimism International. Our ‘Programme Action’ projects range from advocacy, actions, fundraising and voluntary help to support causes at a local, regional, national and international level.

Soroptimist Vision  – Soroptimist International is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.

Soroptimist Mission – Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.

Soroptimist Values

  • Human Rights for all
  • Global peace and international goodwill
  • Advancing women’s potential
  • Integrity and democratic decision making
  • Volunteering, diversity and friendship

Soroptimist Goals – Soroptimist International will improve the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment or enabling opportunities. Soroptimist International will be a global voice for increasing access to education and leadership for women and girls.

Club Meetings

We meet formally on the first and third Mondays of the month except August and the third Monday in December to discuss and plan our activities. Supper meetings start at 7.15 pm, and are held at Ramside Hall Hotel, Business meetings start at 7p.m. and are held at St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham City.

The first Monday meeting is a Supper evening where members enjoy a two-course meal, socialise and are often entertained by an after dinner speaker. Our annual Charter dinner/lunch in May, to which other Clubs and external guests are invited, replaces the normal Supper meeting. This signifies the start of a new Presidential Year and is usually held at a prestigious local venue.

The Business meeting on the third Monday deals with Club business and activity, Regional and Federation business, and Programme Action. The meetings are an opportunity to update one another on progress with Programme Action projects/decide on new initiatives to support where relevant. There may be a short presentation from an outside organisation on issues the Club is concerned about and with.

Visitors are most welcome to any meeting but especially to the Supper evening.

Social Events

Members get together for Coffee on the last working day of the month from 10.30 am onwards. The venues vary from month to month.  We also try to organise social events including theatre visits, concerts, outings to places of interest etc.

Friendship Links

SI Durham has friendship links with SI:-

  • Wageningen in the Netherlands
  • Richmond and Dales, Yorkshire Region
  • Cirencester and District, South West & Channel Isles Region

We exchange correspondence with these Clubs, attend events wherever practical, meet up with fellow members at Conference, and support the Clubs in their work whenever possible.

Representatives on other organisations

Members of the Club are involved with many other organisations as well as Soroptimism. We have formal representatives on the local groups of the RSPCA and the Osteoporosis Society and the County Durham Women’s Refuges.

Club Committees and Programme Action Groups

Members join one of the following Club committees and are involved in their particular activity as well as the Club’s general events and projects.

  • Programme Action – the Convenors of each programme action group
  • Membership
  • Finance
  • President’s programme/Fundraising/Social Events
  • Press and Publicity

Members also belong to a Programme Action Group which reflects their own particular field of interest and which can progress particular issues as well as contributing to the general Programme Action projects the Club decides upon each year.

Programme Action projects

See the Programme Action page for the latest news on all our projects.

Supporting the President’s Charities and other committed causes

Throughout each year, members raise funds for the President’s charities and other committed causes.

We also support Regional projects – helping to provide ‘New Start’ bags for the women helped by Northumbria Police supporting trafficked women – and National and International projects – the main one at present being the Meru Women’s Garden project in Kenya. This project is a collaboration between Child.orgSoroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland and the women of Meru.

The project aims to create sustainable gardening techniques and tools for enabling women to become mentors and pioneers of agricultural sustainability within the community. We also educate girls on their rights, empowering them to stand up to damaging cultural practices like FGM.

We are a thriving Club, but we are always happy to welcome new members.

If you would like more information about our club, and would be interested in coming along to one of our meetings with a view to joining us, you would be most welcome.  Please complete the Contact Form   or Contact us


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