About our club
Soroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation with Consultative status at the United Nations.
The East London club was founded in 1931 and draws its members from a wide area, covering Woodford to Hornchurch and Upminster and Docklands. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.15 pm at our venue, Woodford Memorial Hall, High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PA
We are a very friendly club and welcome any newcomers to come and join us. Our ages range from 25 to 80+. If you would like to find out more about us, get in touch via our contact page or come along to our next meeting. Our email address is also below.
Meetings have engaging speakers on a variety of subject, we plan social and fun activities and we get involved in working with and supporting local charities and do a range of research that supports our United Nations ECOSOC status during the year.
We support a number of different local and national charities each year such as mentoring at Luminary Bakery, supporting our local Women’s Refuge and knitting and sewing goods for the Kori Women’s Development Project in Taiama. Founded by a current member of SI Thames Valley, this successful project aims to empower and educate women and girls in the Kori District of Sierra Leone. Whether you want to be able to use skills you have or develop new ones that will help your CV, or if you just want some friendly and fun company we have something to offer everyone.
Local Soroptimist clubs are linked into Regions and our region, the London Anglia Region, holds meetings and study days about four times each year that we can attend. With the other clubs in the Region were are supporting The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in South Africa by fund-raising to pay for training for two women as registered nurses.
As well as club meetings and Regional events we contribute nationally, where we support the UK Programme Action Committee’s Stop Violence Against Women project and the joint national project in partnership with the Prison Reform Trust to reduce women’s imprisonment.
Internationally we raised funds for The 3E’s Healthcare project – which aims to save the lives of countless critically ill women, babies and children in the Gambia. These projects form part of Programme Action, a concept at the heart of Soroptimism. Our new international theme is Educate to Lead and we aim to Educate, Enable and Empower women wherever they live.