Soroptimists of High Wycombe and District have donated a small cheque to Street Dreams to help them with purchasing replacement computers after theirs were stolen. Street Dreams, which aims to help young people keep away from crime, lost their computers in a burglary at their premises at Out of the Dark in Oakridge Road. Here they are taught creative and practical skills and the disadvantaged young people learn to become ready for jobs. Soroptimist International of High Wycombe and District recently supported Street Dreams as their President’s charity of the year. They saw the Star’s news item and quickly agreed that they should try to help the charity recover their losses. They agreed that a small contribution towards getting new computer support was the least they could do.
On 28th June 2012, SIGBI High Wycombe and District, were proud to be part of a joint event with Street Dreams. The purpose of the event was to feedback the results of a recent survey of Girls Aspirations which was the culmination of a project that SIGBI High Wycombe and District embarked on in partnership with Street Dreams during the last 12 months. The event was attended by a number of local business and political figures, as well as members of SIGBI Thames Valley and SIGBI St Albans and District. This project involved 353 girls aged between 12 – 18 completing a questionnaire and a further 32 young girls aged between 13 – 15 taking part in focus groups to discuss and understand more about young girls personal and career aspirations. Copies of the report and further information about the next phase of this project
Club members enjoying afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor, to celebrate 48 years.
A speaker come to the meeting to tell us about her role with Oxfam managing logistics
Supporting The Bee Project, SI High Wycombe & District sponsored pupils of the Junior and Infants Schools at Chalfont St Giles in their “Bee Week” when the children spent much of the time learning about bees and how important they are to us. The schools had contacted TV presenter and bee keeper Bill Turnbull , who lives locally, and he came to the school to give a very interesting talk to the pupils involved in the project. He is seen here with Kathleen Martin and Anne Lines, members of SI High Wycombe and District Club and pupils, holding one of their packs and bee-keeper’s equipment.
At our AGM in April 2011 we presented Audrey Symes with a well-deserved certificate from Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) to congratulate her on her long and dedicated membership of the organisation. Audrey has been a member of Soroptimist International High Wycombe branch since the year of their formation, having joined at their second meeting. She is still an active member, attending most of the monthly meetings. Indeed, we look forward to her attendance at the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Club in two year time!
This joint event was held on 6th March 2011 One of our members was there in her capacity as advocate for Women of Action – a Bangladesh based charity. Women of Action is a charity that works with Bangladeshi women to establish and maintain Learning and Savings groups that Transform the lives of women and their communities. After living overshadowed by shame and fear, our learning and savings groups are providing a safe and supportive environment for women to realise their value and potential. We invite the most vulnerable in the poorest villages and slums to form their own groups and save money together. These women then meet weekly to learn basic skills and practical, lifesaving knowledge to protect and provide for their children. Working together, they are able to develop the means and confidence to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We currently
At the AGM in April, Past President Sue, handed over the badge of office to incoming President Anne Lines
High Wycombe and District celebrated it’s 48th Charter by having a conducted walk around Amersham old town and finishing up with a tea at The King’s head.
Soroptimists joined the march and stood in solidarity on the Millennium Bridge in London to mark International Women’s Day. This global event, organised by Women for Women International brought together women from their partner organisations including members of Soroptimist International. Annie Lennox, popstar and campaigner, Sarah Brown, the Prime-Minister’s wife, Cherie Lunghi the actress were there along with other prominent figures. The event honours the resilience of millions of women survivors of war around the world. The 81 events worldwide symbolise building bridges to peace, sending a message that says “No!” to war and “Yes!” to peace and hope. Take a look at the event on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHqOUUzNhh4 On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2010, women around the world joined on bridges to say no to war and yes to peace and women’s development. Please give your support to the women who are building the bridges