Welcome to Ipswich and District

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With the help of so many people we have reached our target of collecting more than 1500 bras (actually it is in the region of 1600). So a very big thank you to all of you who have donated bras to help women who have been trafficked into sex slavery and have escaped.  Women helping women in this way touched so many people. In addition to the bras we collected at Sailmakers on 7th October we were given some before and after our collection.

People saw our posters, heard us on BBC Radio Suffolk, Ipswich Community Radio and Town Radio, read the article in the Ipswich Star and various free magazines, saw our website or our post on our Facebook page.

Individuals and their relatives and friends (from near and far), church, WI and Trefoil groups, offices, exercise and pilates groups to name but a few generously donated bras ( and other items). In addition, we have been able to give 80+ pairs of knickers to another project in Sierra Leone, and 27 vests/camisoles to the Ipswich Christmas homeless appeal.

What a difference you all have made to women less fortunate than yourselves.  THANK YOU.

Many thanks to Ipswich Mayor, Sarah Barber, for joining us and giving her support at Sailmakers, Ipswich when so many of you brought us your bras.  Both before and since we have been given vast quantities of bras

This will enable us to help 10 women set up a small market stall with 100 bras each, raising funds so they can start their own business and become independent.  In this way they will regain their confidence and go from strength to strength.   A big pat on the back to all of you who gave us your new and gently used bras.


Earlier this month Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner came to our meeting and gave us a very interesting talk on subjects close to our heart – domestic violence, FGM, Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery, Cyber crime and how the Police, despite budget cuts, are dealing with these crimes of both old and new. A lot of training has been undertaken and police now handle things very differently when confronted with calls about these issues which have a devastating impact on their victims.  Thanks you Tim for again giving us your time and knowledge.

IPSWICH AND DISTRICT club was established over 60 years ago and our meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the historic surroundings of the Ipswich and Suffolk Club in Northgate Street, Ipswich.

Originally the Archdeacon’s House, we are delighted to be able to use this listed building which provides us with safe, ample parking and good facilities for our monthly meetings.

As a forward thinking club, it is our aim to develop a club where members contribute their skills and talents and work together to meet the objects of Soroptimism in an effective and relevant way for women today. At the heart of what we do is a strong commitment towards Programme Action projects, raising our profile within the community and the Region as well as attracting new members to our vibrant club.

Where you will find our club slightly different to some is that we decided as a group, to work closely as a team and share responsibilities and ideas. We are all too aware that commitments on our time as busy women today means that sharing some of the key roles within the club makes things a little bit more manageable and enjoyable.

A strong club with a established history, we know that having fun is an essential element of enjoying our membership, whether through interesting meetings, working together on Programme Action projects or outside activities.

There are many reasons why our members are Soroptimists If you are interested in finding out more or would like to come along to a meeting to see what it is like, contact us and we will be delighted to welcome you.  Email Pat at pat_roy16@hotmail.com or Jackie at jacalan@btopenworld.com.