Project Work 2017
As part of our Programme Action Activity, our project work each year focuses on local projects which continue from year to year, interspersed with short projects as the need arises locally, nationally and internationally. In addition each year our President chooses projects which she would like the club to support, sometimes this includes fundraising, practical support or can be simply raising awareness.
Serving the Local Community
St Cuthbert’s Hospice
For many years SI Durham has supported St Cuthbert’s, a hospice in Durham City, in various ways. In 2007, it raised funds to help the Hospice open a residential wing. This was a major undertaking for the Hospice and the Club was proud to be able to support it. Members were invited to attend the formal opening in May 2007 by the Countess of Wessex.
Members help at one of the Hospice’s Charity Shops on the 1st Saturday of each month, and a rota of members covers one day per week at the Coffee Shop at the Hospice itself. Members also save used postage stamps for the Hospice in Durham as an ongoing fund raising activity.
Durham Women’s Refuges
The Club supports 4 local Women’s Refuges in County Durham – Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Stanley and Peterlee by donating toiletry bags, nightwear, bedding and other items as needed.
County Durham Foodbanks
The Club collects food throughout the year to be distributed to various Foodbanks in the county.
Raising funds for the President’s Charities
The club raises a considerable sum of money each to support the President’s chosen charities. This year Judith has chosen to continue our support for a second year for MND – Motor Neurone Disease. https://www.mndassociation.org. Relatively little is known about this devastating disease with its numerous strains. Currently there is no cure and research is limited. We hope that we will extend our own knowledge and be able to raise awareness in as many ways as possible, whilst at the same time raising money to help in our local area.
Advocacy and Action on Social Issues
We are active in raising awareness of local, national and international issues related to women and children. Recent campaigns include trying to retain the Tourist Information Centre in Durham and supporting Malala in her campaign for education for girls.
Soroptimist International President’s Appeal
We annually donate the money we would have spent on Christmas cards to this appeal.
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