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Soroptimist International - Harrogate and District

Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Club President Val Hills welcomes you to our website.  We are an active and vibrant Club of women who  help improve the lives of women and girls  locally and globally.  Members share a passion to make a difference.   Our membership is open to any woman who wants to help us make that  difference to the lives of others.

What we do?

16 Days of Activism – From 25th November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women through to the 10th December, the  United Nation’s Human Rights Day we will posting on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages @soroptimist80. Help us raise awareness by following us and sharing our posts.  #16DaysofActivism #StopViolenceAgainstWomen

Women’s Rights are Human Rights. The Club supports our local Women’s Refuge. We campaign to Stop Abuse Against Women. Club members are actively involved in supporting refugees.

We support local and global charities by raising awareness, providing funds and giving service. Our two main projects for the next two years are: to support Dementia Forward by raising funds to support their community work;  And reduce ill health and poverty in remote areas of the world by improving sanitation by working with Toilet Twinning.

President Val’s charities are the Local Food Banks and the work of the  Trussell Trust –  Race Against Hunger. We also support Resurrected Bites –  a local organisation whose aims to reduce Food Waste and Food Poverty by putting  ‘Food in Bellies rather than Bins’

Charity Shop Christmas Window Competition 2022

Find out who results of this  Charity Shop Christmas Window Competition Here

Our members are active in the community.

We support local libraries,   act as guides for the Royal Hall,  serve meals at Resurrected Bites,

We activleyrespond to calls for help, such as providing warm blankets/throws and hot water bottles to the local food bank to stave off the cold as people try to reduce energy consumption.

What drives us?

We believe passionately in human rights for all;   to raise awareness  by campaigning locally and globally for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls. We specifically work to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs).

How you can help?

Join us – we meet  on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate

We welcome new members –  email us to find out more

Listen to our podcast. The podcast, created to celebrate our Women in the Community Award took place on International Women’s Day March 2017 .

President’s Blog


Women’s Service Organisation


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