Last week, volunteers from the group went around to SI Liverpool members to collect the donations of toiletries and household cleaning products for Refugee Women Connect. A car boot full of donations was delivered to Comfort, the Refugee Women Connect representative. They were delighted with the amount of donations given by club members. These will now be distribute to the vulnerable that they support. For more information go to: www.refugeewomenconnect.org.uk
Federation are celebrating one hundred women Soroptimists who have made a difference to the lives of others, in the wider community. We are delighted that club member Maureen Walsh has received such recognition! Maureen is well known across the region for her contribution to local Radio Merseyside for over thirty years! Having started on reception , Maureen quickly moved onto the news and sports desk s before being given her own show on a Sunday morning. Maureen’s easy and friendly manner attracted many faithful listeners and they got behind her campaigns and fundraising for many Merseyside charities but especially NSPCC, the Linda McCartney Foundation and the Royal British Legion. Maureen is still very active in fundraising since retiring from broadcasting. Congratulations Maureen! A very well deserved recognition of what a great Soroptimist you are!
The club’s Health and Food Security group carried out a project at Easter to say Thank You to care staff in the local area and also show support for the children under their care. Over fifty Easter Eggs were delivered to the Five Children and Families Trust in Speke in time for Easter. Seven of the Trust’s staff received gift bags with luxury hand and shower cream donated by Temple Spa. Knitted ‘Little Hugs’ were made by club members and donated to support children who were experiencing difficulties with mental health as a result of the lockdown. A further thirty luxury gift bags were delivered to a local Care Home to thank staff for all their efforts to protect residents during the pandemic.
In celebration of our Federation’s 100 Year Anniversary, SI Liverpool partnered Friends Of Princes Park in order to purchase and assist with the planting of one hundred trees and protective shrubs for this once neglected inner city park. On 11th April, a number of club members joined in with the final planting, which included 30 Scot’s Pines, 10 Larch and 2 Eucryphias. The partnership has been a continuation of the club’s winning project around Urban Green-Up using nature based solutions to alleviate climate change. What a great legacy for the children of local schools who use the park for Forest School!
Did you see this bus touring around the city centre of Liverpool in February? No! Then the chances are that you also fail to see the signs of modern day slavery all around you too! Club member Annette, who works for Stop the Traffik, met the Lord Mayor, Cllr.Anna Rothery on her journey around the city. The purpose was to advertise the helpline for victims and the general public and to raise awareness of the scale of modern day slavery.
We are delighted that one of our present club members has been recognised as one of the 100 Soroptimists who have made a significant difference not only to Soroptimism but also in the wider community. What a difference Dorcas has made! Born in Nigeria, Dorcas Akeju OBE has lived in Liverpool since 1974, and after training as a midwife at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital, she practised in both hospital and community settings for 35 years. In 1999 she was instrumental in the establishment of a special clinic – “The Link” –to provide antenatal care for mothers whose first language is not English. This clinic continues to have an important impact on the care of these mothers. Since 1990 Dorcas has been an active campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), both at local and national level. She contributed to the establishment of the Liverpool Multi-Cultural Women’s
MURIEL LEVY 1903-1972 Muriel Augusta Levy was born on 2nd August 1903 in Paddington, London, the youngest daughter of Polish-born Louis Levy, a boot and polish dealer, and his British wife Amelia. By 1911 the family had moved to Bedford Street, Liverpool. Muriel was educated at the prestigious Liverpool College for Girls in nearby Grove Street. In the early days of BBC Radio, Muriel’s was one of the first voices to be heard on the Liverpool station, 6LV, which began broadcasting on 11th June 1924. She soon became a radio personality, known to generations of children as “Auntie Muriel”. By the late 1920s she was organising Children’s Hour and Woman’s Hour for 6LV. The first studio was above a cafe in Lord Street, Liverpool, providing programmes for a few hours each day for listeners via their crystal sets. Her career developed as she began to
We were absolutely delighted to hear that Federation has awarded our project “Urban GreenUp- Nature Based Solutions” as Best Practice for Planet 2020! Club members linked up with two Post graduate students from Liverpool University as part of the Community Engagement to green up the cities and mitigate climate change. We carried out pollinator research in the local parks and engaged in community seminars which are still ongoing. Club members were also given a talk about Nature Based Solutions which is a relatively new environmental concept. Congratulations to our then Programme Officer Elaine for putting forward the project! It wont be long before we will be planting 100 trees near the city centre.
The Programme Action group for Healthcare and Food Security has been busy looking after clients from the Whitechapel Centre for the Homeless. When the clients were taken into temporary accommodation at the beginning of the lockdown, club members responded to requests for TV sets, suitcases, toiletries and cleaning buckets. With additional sponsorship from B and Q and two members of staff at Home Bargains, we were able to supply 30 toiletry bags for the women, 20 suitcases, seven TV sets, and 35 buckets with cleaning materials. We also supplied four women with sewing machines too. Now that clients are being moved into more permanent accommodation, we have donated 45 bags of store cupboard food as starter bags. Well done everyone- a great team effort!
Two of our members, Sharon and Lynne, didn’t let the lockdown deter them from each accomplishing a marathon fundraiser! Sharon braved the River Mersey in an open water swim of 2.7 km in 40 minutes, to fundraise for President Anne’s charity, Stop the Traffik Liverpool. Sharon raised over £400 and Anne was delighted! Lynne joined Alder Hey’s marathon walk to fundraise for children’s mental health. Lynne walked over 200 miles herself before her ankle caused problems, but thanks to family and friends, her milestone of 250 miles was achieved! Congratulations on raising £1027.50 for the charity! A fantastic effort on behalf of others!