We are currently collecting new knickers and used (or new) bras as well as a variety of toiletries and other items for Together Women and (for November) items suitable for Christmas boxes for women or small children fleeing domestic violence, so look through the wardrobe and add the occasional item when you are shopping. We’re also supporting Terry’s fundraising for Nepal and she has a fundraising page as well as accepting cash.
Armchair or adventure…………. I can hardly believe it – in a few short months I will be in Nepal, the roof of the world. I was so lucky to win the Rank Fellowship travel award this year (against stiff competition I might add!), with what I thought of as an innovative and emotional presentation. I am going to spend the autumn volunteering and working with charities who support enterprise for women who have been rescued from trafficking to Indian brothels or other abuse. My days will be a combination of fieldwork alongside Nepalese women, attending conferences and information exchange with NGO’s and other organisations. (I might fit some white water rafting and elephant riding in, in my spare time). Preparations so far include procurement of the indispensable Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – oops I mean The Lonely Planet – Nepal, a very
Members have been delighted to welcome Sawsan Zaza and several have joined her in the homework club she has organised for Syrian children now living in Leeds. We hope to work more with the community and to provide help for the mothers as well as the children.
We are delighted to sponsor Leeds Ladies FC as they expand their range of teams and training for Yorkshire stars of the future. The club has proved its resilience and determination to provide opportunities for women and girls despite setbacks. Girls deserve to have the same options for excellence in sport as boys. Several of our club members attended the Awards evening in May which celebrated the achievements of the under 16s who were the youngest team in 2015/16. We hope their success inspires the next team to be added – the under 15s – as they prepare for their debut in 2016/17.
Recent meetings – with an extra one for the 5th Monday in September – have provided us with inspiration and food for thought. We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth Wright, Paralympian medal winner from the Atlanta and Sydney games, who described in her own inimitable fashion her journey from an Aussie garden swimming pool to the top of the biggest competition going. Another young woman, Emily Futers, told us about her experiences of working as a volunteer in Africa with a charity providing schooling and care for children in great need. She plans to go back for another stint next summer. Most recently, Irenosen Okojie explained her journey from Nigeria to London where she is a writer and has been involved with our SI Leeds Literary Prize as Prize Advocate. At the same meeting Mary Halsey told us about the wider range of Food Banks working in
SI Leeds has agreed to sponsor an award for the Leeds United Foundation Awards on 30 April 2014, encouraging girls to get active through participating in football. We’re not on the pitch yet, but who knows where this will lead? www.leedsunitedfoundation.com
On 9 September John Casey gave a presentation to the club on the development of food banks in Leeds. The 4 food banks being developed (north, east, south and west areas of the city) are following the framework developed by the Trussell Trust, which is a national organisation, with a successful track record in this area. The 4 food banks in Leeds will operate under 1 charitable trust which ensures city wide engagements alongside being embedded at a local community level. http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects Food banks provide immediate emergency food for 3 days on receipt of a voucher given to the individual/family by an appropriate agency eg doctor, social services, police. In addition to food they provide a listening ear and a signposting service to try and help people break the cycle. John outlined the scheme being developed to deliver the food banks which relies totally on
MUSICAL EVENING AT ST CHAD’S PARISH CENTRE, OTLEY ROAD, LEEDS Tuesday October 8th 2013 8.00pm – 10.00pm. A programme of lively musical entertainment provided by THE LAWNSWOOD SINGERS and THE BRADFORD ACCORDION BAND was much enjoyed by club members, friends and local residents. During the interval there was a delicious selection of wine and cheese, and a raffle was held. Funds were raised for Leeds Soroptimist Club Charities – KIDS IN KAMPZ, Birthing in Gambia and The Bulawayo Fund. http://www.lawnswoodsingers.co.uk/ http://www.bradfordaccordionband.org.uk/
Ilkley Playhouse, Wildman Theatre, Weston Road, Ilkley LS29 8DW in partnership with Ilkley Literature Festival Saturday 5 October 2013, 7.30pm – 8.45pm Following the success of the inaugural biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women, SI Leeds, together with its partners, Peepal Tree Press and Ilkley Literature Festival, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize, to take place at the Festival on 5 October. Acclaimed British novelist and Prize patron Bernardine Evaristo MBE will be discussing her groundbreaking new book Mr Loverman with Professor John McLeod of the University of Leeds. The event opens with Minoli Salgado, winner of the 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize, in conversation about her career since the Prize award, and a reading from her winning entry A Little Dust on the Eyes. Please join us. Tickets cost £5, and can be
Members of SI Leeds and guests enjoyed an evening of beauty treatments at Pout Beauty’s spacious and smart new salon in Chapel Allerton to the accompaniment of the cool and lively Wang Dang Doodle band. The girls’ night out was in support of The SI Leeds Literary Prize and raised £250. “Congratulations on a very successful event! The music was great. It was lovely to get my feet tapping and I also enjoyed the facial; very professional!!” Kate Peace, event guest. Most of the group continued the party mood at The Olive Tree restaurant, nearby. Because it was so much fun, we hope to repeat the experience in 2014.