Social Media and Website raises our profile and awareness!
Recently, the Club website has been updated with the latest news of activities going on. Simultaneously, social media has been used to a greater extent to promote Club events and special meetings where guest speakers have been invited. The use of advertising on Facebook is relatively new and a recent ‘boost’ to a post promoting Michelle Blunsom MBE and CEO of East Surrey Domestic Abuse services’ talk, attracted around 1000 engagements to the post. The majority of posts and adverts on social media lead people directly to SI Epsom’s website.
SI Epsom Showcase
We work with many different organisations and charities and in May 2017 we invited representatives from some of them to talk about their work and share experiences. Michelle from ESDAS (East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services), DCI Clive with Sarb from True Honour, Cathy from My Time for Young Carers and Lorraine from African Vision Malawi all gave us insights into their work and expressed their gratitude for our support and encouragement.
Where in the World?
SI Epsom members do their best to raise awareness of Soroptimist International. We don’t want it to be a well kept secret! Few people realise that we belong to a worldwide organisation. Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across six UN Centres, where our UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Our membership work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.
In June 2017 we set up our promotional stall at Ashtead Village Day and with our map of the world, were able to explain the extent of our membership and depth of work globally.
Knitting for a good cause
This isn’t something that is usually associated with Soroptimists, but we raise funds for My Time for Young Carers by selling our knitted creations at craft fairs and events. Handmade toys and baby clothes fit beautifully with the ethos of the charity, which is to support children whose home lives are really stressful because of family illness and disability. Diana is a champion at producing toys for carers. The more contributions the better….
President Sally dedicated her year in office to raising funds for ‘Positive Women’, a small charity that works tirelessly to help women in Swaziland. That country is one of the poorest in Africa. This picture shows Sally and the founder of Positive Women – Kathryn Llewelyn at our Frugal Supper in October 2012
Sally giving Kathryn a donation from the Club. We raised over £1,000.