Our Meetings – April 2020 to January 2021
As with many voluntary organisations during the Covid-19 Lockdown the club has been holding its meetings on-line using Zoom. We even held our AGM this way.
In October 2020 our speaker was Debbie Johnson from Lighthouse Women’s Aid talked to us about the challenges they faced to help their clients as demand for their services increased significantly.
At our July 2020 meeting we had our first Zoom speaker, Chloe Lee, Communities Officer, East Suffolk Council, who talked to us about Period Poverty in general and how it was affecting women and girls of low income during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown (either they could not afford sanitary products or because there was a dearth of them in shops and stores). The pandemic has hit people in many varied ways, which perhaps you would not have thought about.
Locally: We have continued to make syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital, and, since lockdown started we have taken in 200 for palliative care and end of life patients with 50 more ready to be delivered and more in the process of being completed.
Internationally: We have donated money to buy second hand smart phones to help children who live in the rubbish heap shanty towns in the Philippines to continue their schooling on-line during lockdown. Education for them is the passport to leaving such living conditions and a better life.
We have also been busy lobbying. We have lobbied our respective MPs (we cover around 5/6 constituencies) asking them to support the Domestic Violence Abuse Bill currently going through the Parliamentary process. And, we have written to Suffolk County Council, Dr Therese Coffey MP, Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister for Children – Early Days and David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council about the closure of Children’s Centres in Suffolk.
Our work to better the lives of women and girls continues. Find out more about Soroptimism