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.

Turning the auditorium Green

SIGBI members turn the room Green

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

 

Members meeting Laurel Becker

Club members meet up with Friendship Link Pretoria-Tshwane The Club members had the opportunity to meet up with Laurel Becker from our Friendship link club in Pretoria-Tshwane. The Club has raised funds to support their Literacy programme and library. Laurel also gave us some ‘Anything Bags’. Club members in Pretoria-Tshwane have been teaching girls how to crochet the bags to help raise funds. Photo President Elect Sandra, Val Hills , Laurel Becker, Pat Shore and Janet Hutton.

Meeting with Erene from Our friendship link SI Milford Haven

Club members meet up with Erene from our friendship link SI Milford Haven and supported our friendship link SI Middlesbrough Tuktuk appeal.