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.
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.
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
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
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/
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.
Members wrote in support of the Write for Rights campaign run by Amnesty international, https://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/write-rights-2019 writing letters of solidarity to victims of Human Rights abuses and letters to officials appealing for action. About 100 letters / E mails/ Tweets were sent off / posted on social media.
Over 100 Calendars were produced to provide prompts and suggestions to reduce our impact on the climate
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.