At the May Club Meeting, Programme Action committee invited a speaker from Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid, Christine Conroy who gave us a comprehensive talk about the numbers of women and children they support. The services offered to assist the healing of the families they look after and the increase they are seeing in the numbers of younger people affected by Domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our Programme Action officer, Lynn Dale on the left and Christine Conroy on the right.
Laura Furness nee Britland, is our last speaker for President Kam’s year. Laura is her step daughter and is an extremely determined individual. Laura spoke to us twelve years ago in 2007 when Kam was president then. Since then, Laura has got married and now is the Head of Funding at the National Lottery Community Fund, responsible for the Fulfilling Lives Programme. This is a £112m programme, working with 12 areas across England over 8 years to understand how better to support individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage. It focuses on supporting individuals facing 2 or more of homelessness, substance use, mental ill health and offending and generally not currently working with other organisations. Mental Health is part of Kam’s charity which is relevant to her theme. An inspirational speaker that kept our members enthralled throughout the supper meeting.
We had the enormous pleasure to welcome two Soroptimists from Litchfield club to our 3rd July supper meeting. The speaker, Jennifer Mclelland together with a former SI Mansfield member, Liz Leaver who recommended this incredible lady, a tremendously driven professional to share her inspirational stories with us. Jennifer’s talk was on her experience working in Thailand following the Tsunami for 14 months. Then with her career in the police force she utilised her strength in making a difference and led an outstanding Domestic Abuse offender for the force at the same time kept a close eye on her team who investigated Domestic Abuse. Recently, we were informed that she has received a much awaited promotion to Chief Inspector. Our congratulations for her achievement!! In essence, we have much to learn, to take on board of the ideas and perhaps to work together to share our
President Kam welcomed our speaker Nicola Roberts CEO Bassetlaw MIND & guest Kath Whittingham Bolsover District Council, Former Head of Democratic Services. What an enlightening evening with Kam’s 2nd speaker who is the CEO Bassetlaw MIND, Nicola Roberts! Nicola clarified the difference between the local & national MIND office, which was very useful for us as we are going to raise funds for our local area. We were informed that in October this year there are plans to merge all the local branches in the Nottinghamshire area. As Kam’s intention was to support the local branch for her year, she came across Nicola via the St Johns Street Office Nicola talked about her work with the service users and organisations for delivering work place training for front-line staff. She also mentioned how we could help raise awareness & funds for them & to ensure that
President Kam chosen charity MMUK introduced guest speaker, Deputy Sister Ranji at her first supper meeting. Mercy Malaysia UK are delivering life changing cleft lip and /or palate surgery to the children of Myanmar. Cleft lip or palate affects 1 in every 600 births worldwide. With the necessary surgery, children and adults can have a life of social stigma and medical problems. Unfortunately for families in some parts of the world surgery can be financially prohibitive, MMUK a registered UK charity are hoping to change this. Ranji spoke of her team made up of volunteers from Nottingham University Hospitals, experts in this field of surgery from Nottingham’s own centre of excellence at the Queen’s Medical Centre. The team will collaborate with Sithagu Hospital their local partners in identifying patients and performing the surgery. The team will also teach cleft care to hospital staff. The team