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THINKING ON IT! at SIGBI 85th Federation Conference in Bournemouth

Four Club members were able to attend a fabulous, thought provoking Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland Conference in Bournemouth. President Sue Williams theme was ‘Think on it’ and we certainly did. Great speakers including Baroness Susan Greenfield, Dr Leyla Hussein and Katy – a young woman who shared her experience of severe anxiety mental health problems and how visiting Zambia and meeting up with another 14-year old and the issues she faced regarding personal safety due to lack of toilets led to her involvement with Toilet Twinning and paid a significant part in her journey to improve her mental health. She received a standing ovation. An impromtu collection for small change raised over £1000 for Tiolet Twinning.

The theme was mental health and we certainly turned the room Green – the colour of mental health awareness.

It was also a fantastic opportunity to hear about the Programme Action work of our Clubs throughout our Federation. We were particularly inspired by the work of SI Newcastle led by Dame Vera observing the work of the Special Domestic Abuse Magistrates Courts – its left us wanting to find out who we can get involved.

As ever it was a great to meet up with our Friendship links across the Federation. We were delighted to meet up with Laurel Becker from Pretroria Tw