Mell Robinson became the President of London Anglia Region in November 2019 taking over from Alison Charles. Her theme is:
HOW TO SKILLS… FOR FRIENDSHIP & FUN
This involves learning and sharing practical skills and applies to Individuals/Clubs and Region. Kindness costs nothing and if people are happier through kindness they are more resilient, better able to cope with difficult situations. Mell is happy to be kind and will not judge other women. She wants members to enjoy Regional meetings. Fun is ‘found’ in Fundraising which is one of Mell’s skills of which we will hear more.
Our speaker in November was Chloe Winlow from East Suffolk Council who gave us greater insight into the extent of issues relating to Period Poverty. Chloe has spearheaded initiatives where not just schools but also local businesses participate in the scheme of providing free sanitary products. An App has been developed to assist women ‘caught short’ to locate the nearest supply.
Mell plans to visit all 10 London Anglia Region Clubs over the next 2 years. At the moment these have to be virtual visits but before the lockdown she came to an SI Ipswich & District meeting for a supper evening which we held jointly with Ipswich Inner Wheel and enjoyed two speakers:
Our speaker from Women’s Voices, one of our partner organisations, spoke about the Gender Equality Quilt they had initiated and completed. It is very special, lovingly put together by their Crafters from tiles produced by women from across Suffolk. And the The Inner Wheel speaker was the new CEO of Ipswich Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG) a Registered Charity that was set up in 1976 to provide housing and other services for single homeless people in Ipswich – today they provide a range of services to over 5,000 people a year across Suffolk. Thank you for coming Mell.