Along with most organisations that meet regularly, we are now having our Club meetings via Zoom. Our next meeting is this Wednesday 13th January 2021 when we will catch up socially, address some business and look to the future as to projects that will broaden our horizons and make the lives of women and girls in our location, across the UK and the Globe safer and enable them to fulfill their potential. For our December meeting we had a Zoom Gin Tasting session, just amazing how many different varieties/brands we had between us and individually – what does that say about us (we like to enjoy ourselves!). There were some good stories behind why certain gins were in our drinks cupboards at home. A great way to start Christmas celebrations – as it turned out, probably better than Christmas! Members clubbed together to pay for
Our two challenges have raised almost £200 for Lighthouse Women’s Aid. They do sterling work for women who have suffered domestic abuse and their services are no more needed than right now during lockdown. On Sunday 26th April our President Pat walked 2.6 kilometres, not very far but quite a long way for her. Accompanied by her other half they left home just after 11am, taking the footpath through the fields to the bridge over the River Min (which meanders along to RSPB Minsmere), then continued to Fen Lane where they walked along until reaching the banked wood which is carpeted with bluebells. A beautiful walk with lots of wildlife in evidence. Then came back home arriving at 12.10. If you would like to make a donation please get in touch. Lighthouse do a brilliant job helping women who have suffered domestic abuse , and
The saying ‘when one door closes, another opens’ is certainly true since the Covid-19 lockdown. Over the past year the club has made syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital for end-of-life and palliative care patients. To the end of March 2020 approx 130 bags were donated. Since lockdown a member has made round about 50! She has slowed down a bit in case she runs out of material (all of which has been donated). We are not sure when we will be able to take them to the hospital, but at least we are doing something positive and will help somebody when they need such an item. THEN ….. For the Ipswich Lighthouse ‘2.6 Challenge’ (in lieu of the London Marathon) to raise funds on 26th April a member is making 26 drawstring cotton toiletry bags to sell so that people can fill
Both Ipswich Soroptimists and Ipswich Inner Wheel normally meet for their separate meetings at the Ipswich & Suffolk Club in the evening of the 2nd Wednesday of each month. In February 2020 (the last time our Club met face to face) we decided to hold a joint meeting, including supper and both organisations had booked interesting speakers. The Gender Equality Quilt was our contribution, with a presentation by Women’s Voices representatives. This quilt started at the Festival back in October 2018 with many of the attendees producing a tile. All the embroidered tiles have been lovingly compiled into a major piece that is very expressive about the status of women. It will be going into The Hold later this year but hopefully will be regularly shown at key events for women. The Inner Wheel speaker was the new CEO of Ipswich Ipswich Housing Action Group
Ipswich Soroptimists joined in the excellent event organised by Women’s Voices and Volunteering Matters on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2020. With an eclectic mix of poetry, a Footsteps play, singing and dancing, plus Open Mike sessions from ourselves, Extreme Revolution and other amazing organisations we held a raffle of a beautiful quilt made by friends to raise funds for Lighthouse Women’s Aid. The money will go towards furnishings for their new Therapeutic Room. The winning ticket number was ‘Yellow ticket 551’ which was drawn by a speaker at our Club meeting on 11th March. We hope the winner enjoys using it.
Our Quiz in April 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We still plan to hold a quiz at Seckford Golf Club with quizmaster Simon Jay but it will have to wait until later this year or 2022 once it is safe to do so. We’re raising funds for 2 different but connected causes – Lighthouse Women’s Aid, who give such wonderful support to women who have experienced domestic abuse and our own Education Bursary Fund which assists vulnerable women who need to acquire qualifications to enable them to join the world of work and become independent. There will be a meal before the quiz, a raffle with great prizes, an auction of a 3 night stay near Southwold for up to 4 people and Simon Jay, who is renowned for his sense of humour.. WE WILL PUBLICISE THE NEW DATE AS
Members already make syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital and we are very grateful for the donation of materials to make them from people who support us. Tracy Hitching, the Palliative and End of Life Coordinator, asked whether we could possibly also make purple bags in a similar design; not for patients this time but for the Butterfly Volunteers. How could we say no! These volunteers provide company and companionship to hospital patients in the last days of their lives. They also reassure and support patient’s loved ones (if they have any). They also work closely with the Palliative Care and Chaplaincy teams. The purple bags will hold notebooks, pens, tissues and whatever else the volunteer thinks would be useful. By wearing the bags the volunteers will stand out easily for both patients, visitors and staff to recognise easily. We have made 15, with varying
In November 2015, Child.org were elected as our Federation Project partner 2016-19 with our new partner CIFORD in Meru, Kenya. The project is an agricultural training programme for women called Meru Women’s Garden Project. The project launched on International Women’s Day in March 2016 and since then, Soroptimists from all over the UK and beyond, have been engaging in fundraising activities. We have working with Child.org who are on the ground in the area together with CIFORD. They ensure that funds raised by Soroptimists are used wisely and conduct the training. Three years on and almost £150,000 has been raised, our target. This is a remarkable achievement and has made so much difference to the women in Meru who participated. Initially time was spent talking to Community Leaders in this area of extreme poverty and malnutrition and convincing them this was a worthwhile project. Women, all the lead
We were pleased to have fielded a team for SI Colchester’s Quiz evening on 28th February to raise funds for Colchester Soroptimists’ Youth Award 2019. The event raised in the region of £600 to help sponsor the Award. It is good to support our sister clubs as and when we can. It was a most enjoyable evening with lovely soup and cake to keep us going half way through the evening. What was even more pleasurable was that we were runners up in the quiz. Our first time ever! And, we only missed winning by half a point; better luck next time team.