Since 2012 the members of SI Glasgow City have been supporting Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow (TWG), which is a multi-agency service for women after their release from prison on completion of their custodial sentence. Each month two members deliver basic toiletries, sanitary products and foods for emergency packs as shown in the images. The members have raised funds to purchase two electric sewing machines for the art and craft sessions. More recently funds were used to purchase cooking utensils and pots for the cookery lessons. A walking club has now been organised and the club bought water bottles for the women.
Twelve Club members met on Monday 20th May for Coffee and Conversation at the Encore cafe at the Royal Concert Hall. As the photographs show, it was a lovely get-together with lots of chat and laughter. Do look out for the date of the next event and consider joining us – perhaps with a friend or relative?
In early May, our club organised an evening of Friendship, Mindfulness and Meditation to help members begin their work to ‘Think On It’. We were joined by our friends from SI Paisley and SI Hamilton. Ms Clare Bennet, a Transformational Life Coach helped us to learn how mindfulness can help us to cope with life’s stressors leading to us being better able to support others who need us. Following a break for refreshments we began to experience some meditation which is a useful tool to keep us ‘grounded’ and promote good mental health. Comments about the evening were very favourable and members felt that they would continue to use these strategies on their own.
Eight members of SI Glasgow City joined over 400 women at the International Women’s Day celebration at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 09 March 2019. The event was organised by Scottish Women’s Convention and the club members were delighted that three staff from Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow also attended the event. Attendees were welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani and Agnes Tolmie, Chair of Scottish Women’s Convention. A stimulating programme of speakers engaged all the attendees. Anne, Andrea and Sharron of TWG thoroughly enjoyed the speakers as well as the surroundings as none had been in the Scottish Parliament. Some Club members enjoyed a walk in the moonlight up the Royal Mile as they headed home after a great day!
On 5 December 2010, the day SI Glasgow City was Chartered, members attended a dinner at the Grand Central Hotel to celebrate this special event. SI Glasgow Central and SI Glasgow West had amalgamated, and were subsequently to be joined by former SI Glasgow South members. The Club has since then gone from strength to strength. To mark its 8th anniversary, members gathered on 5 December at Lok’s Bar and Kitchen in Glasgow to enjoy a Christmas meal, a slice of specially baked ‘Charter’ cake and of course a visit from Santa! Two long standing members, Elizabeth McClure and Heather Thomas, whose dedicated hard work had helped to establish SI Glasgow City, were presented with flowers and Certificates of Honorary Life Membership of the Club by President Myrtle. A good time was had by all!
In its long history, Glasgow’s Merchants’ House may have hosted many a tea party but Saturday’s Soroptimist Matinee Cabaret Fundraiser for Mary’s Meals must surely be unique. More than one hundred guests were welcomed to the event by President of SI Glasgow City, Myrtle Peterkin. Elegant and eloquent as ever, she outlined Soroptimist principles and reminded the gathering that the event was in aid of Mary’s Meals for their continued services in providing a daily meal, in schools, to 1.3 million children in 17 of the world’s poorest countries. The entertainment was given by husband and wife team Gordon Cree and Cheryl Forbes, both outstanding soloists, whose powerful voices filled The Grand Hall with favourite melodies from musical shows, traditional refrains and comic songs performed with evident enjoyment to the delight of the audience. While our talented duo took a break, guests enjoyed a chat
Following receipt of some funding from the Soroptimist 3S Fund, Rhona travelled to Nepal earlier in 2018 with Raleigh International, where Rhona and fellow students were responsible for digging and creating new latrines for a remote mountain village. Rhona now classes as ‘digging’ as an accomplished skill!! The students also taught the villagers about general hygiene, while Rhona and the other female students taught the women and girls about hygiene during menstruation including the making of re-useable sanitary pads. The second part of the trip was a trek through the Nepalese Himalyas. Rhona found the whole experience extremely rewarding and humbling. The villagers in Nepal had little choice in what food they could eat, the clothes they could wear and what work they would undertake. When Rhona returned home to Scotland she was overwhelmed with all the choices in her day to day life,
Aileen spoke with members about Cahira House, a safe refuge for women who have experienced sexual exploitation. The charity is based in the Central Belt of Scotland and provides residential accommodation for around 6 women, along with support services such as counselling. Cahira is an Irish word meaning ‘warrior’, which is how the staff and volunteers view the women who live at Cahira House as they have had to ‘fight’ to survive. The organisation receives no government funding and is supported mainly by donations.
Some members of SI Glasgow City recently attended the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The September event, which is the month that Macmillan Cancer Support encourage us to support the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ was held in the awe inspiring Glasgow City Chambers. Club members and other attendees were entertained by the Byres Road Big Band and a fashion show by Marks and Spencer while enjoying beverages, scones and cakes. Two members were successful in the raffle, receiving a bouquet of flowers and a voucher for John Lewis. At the end of the event the Lord Provost, Councillor Eva Bolander announced that £4500 had been raised.