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World Environment Day June 5th. What do Grange Soroptimists do for the Environment?

World Environment Day June 5th. What do Grange Soroptimists do for the Environment?

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We are more reliant on nature’s interconnected web and delicate balance than ever. Life on earth would not be possible without nature’s services, yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message. Viruses are causing loss of lives and livelihoods; forcing our lives to come to a stand-still. Nature is showing us that life as we know it, is on the verge of a breakdown. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature. Time to re-imagine our relationship with nature; and put it at the heart of our decision making. Club members particularly those in the environment group are busy working to improve the environment through work in the Sensory Garden and raising awareness with  the Go Greener Calendar and beach cleaning - Trash to Treasure!  
What did the club Singing for Memory team do to support their attendees during Covid-19 and Mental Health Awareness Week?

What did the club Singing for Memory team do to support their attendees during Covid-19 and Mental Health Awareness Week?

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The Covid  lockdown has increased the isolation already experienced by people living with dementia. The Singing for Memory team rapidly produced another photo book of memories for their clients and new song book to go with it. It was very apt that the distribution coincided with  Mental health awareness week with the theme Kindness matters. The book  has given people joy and a way of reconnecting with the regular weekly Singing for Memory sessions. Clients who had not previously received the CD and songsheets distributed in 2017 were also given one each so they could have a singalong at home. The books  were financed by previous generous donations by the public.

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to support Barrow Women’s Centre during the Corona virus crisis?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to support Barrow Women’s Centre during the Corona virus crisis?

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Barrow Women’s Centre which supports vulnerable women and their families are working hard to cope with an unprecedented demand on their services due to an increase in domestic abuse and poverty. After a few weeks of lockdown their supply of socks and toiletries was exhausted so the Grange Soroptimists appealed to their members and the public for socks, toiletries and donations and had a fantastic response.  The Centre was also in need of food for families and  for the teenagers who normally attend the centre for various programmes and were missing regular meals at the centre. One member initially supplied traybakes for 60 people weekly and this has now been divided between a number of members cooking once weekly after the kind donation of a sack of flour. The latest appeal is for Size 10 clothing.

How did Janice’s Challenge 26.1 help Empowering Girls in Nepal?

How did Janice’s Challenge 26.1 help Empowering Girls in Nepal?

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For 6 days starting on Monday 27th April Club member Janice played 26 tunes on her flute in aid of  the Soroptimist project Empowering Girls in Nepal as her Challenge 26.1.   The project  supports rape survivors, trafficked and vulnerable girls as they rebuild their lives. Having not played a great deal recently Janice built up  playing more tunes each day playing 26 on the final day but clocking up over 102 tunes on the way. On  Saturday 2nd May neighbours and passers by enjoyed a al fresco concert in glorious sunshine. As well as giving joy to many people Janice raised the amazing amount of  £760  in sponsorship. To see the video see 4th May post on  Janice’s Facebook page

Swimathon for ShelterBox March 14th 2020

Swimathon for ShelterBox March 14th 2020

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Grange Soroptimists  swam in the 2020 Swimathon in Kendal, swimming 102 lengths in 55 minutes and raising £274  for ShelterBox, which provides relief for victims of disasters. Club members have swum in the Swimathon for over 25 years and for ShelterBox since 2009 supplying over 10 ShelterBoxes which have been deployed all over the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Japan. Women and girls tend to be most affected in disaster areas      https://www.shelterbox.org/ The team members enjoyed a delicious meal afterwards at the home of club member Sheila. If you would like to find out more contact Grange Soroptimists CONTACT US

What did Grange Soroptimists do in November to help Barrow women’s Centre?

What did Grange Soroptimists do in November to help Barrow women’s Centre?

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An appeal to the people in Grange produced 178 bags of bedding and clothes for Barrow Women’s  which was sorted within 2 hours and despatched to the Centre within the next week.   It was quite an undertaking and we are most grateful to St Charles’ Church for the use of the Father Magner Room and the generosity of the public. The items are given out at the Women’s centre for those in need particularly when being rehoused after domestic violence. http://www.womenscommunitymatters.org/

What did Grange Soroptimists do to support Springfield Women’s Refuge in Kendal ?

What did Grange Soroptimists do to support Springfield Women’s Refuge in Kendal ?

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60 Members and guests enjoyed Burns night in Cartmel Village Hall and raised £545 for Springfield Women’s Refuge in Kendal. https://springfieldsupport.org/     The refuge provides a secure home for women fleeing domestic violence. Aided by our excellent piper Ewen Cameron , thoughtful and amusing speeches by Jeanette Duckworth, Mike Gibbons  and  Janice Carrick and superb food by Sheila  the evening went with a swing.

“Magic of Christmas” Flower Demonstration evening with Joan Bentley Nov 28th 2019

“Magic of Christmas” Flower Demonstration evening with Joan Bentley Nov 28th 2019

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84  women  both Soroptimists and guests gathered at Ulverston Sports and Social Club to enjoy an evening  with Joan Bentley  who entertained and educated us while producing gorgeous flower arrangements which were then raffled for charity. The evening raised at least £500 for charities supported by SI Grange over Sands and a good evening was had by all, including a super finger buffet.