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Who took part in The Big Plastic Count?

Who took part in The Big Plastic Count?

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Six Members of Medway and Maidstone Soroptimists took part in The Plastic Big Count over one week (11-17 March). This was the UK’s biggest ever investigation into household plastic waste. Intended to raise awareness about single-use plastic and to inspire people to reduce their own plastic consumption. You had to keep a tally of food and drink, cleaning and household items and anything else plastic. Each of us counted up and registered on-line.  Each household taking part then received a digital footprint. The number of pieces of plastic per household ranged from 14 items (single occupant) to 73 (two persons). Most items related to food and drink. 225,000 participants took part in The Big Plastic Count 2024. The data has been analyzed to work out the true scale of the plastic waste crisis in the UK. It showed that :- The UK throws away 1.7

Medway and Maidstone Soroptimists Support IWD Inspire Inclusion

Medway and Maidstone Soroptimists Support IWD Inspire Inclusion

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In the mailing of 24 January, we were told of SIGBI’s plans for International Women’s Day 2024. As a Federation we were adopting the theme from the IWD website of “Inspire Inclusion”. ‘When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there is a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.’ SIGBI will be writing letters to the leaders of each political party of the UK asking them what they are doing regarding Inspiring and Including Women. An open letter is to be sent to various newspapers asking them to publish it on their letters page. Each club has been sent a link to the Trello board to access draft letters we can use to send to our own party leaders. When members from SI Medway and Maidstone got together in

What were the themes of our Day of Reflection for 2024?

What were the themes of our Day of Reflection for 2024?

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We held our annual Day of Reflection on 17 February at the St Margaret’s Millenium Centre. A small planning group led by Teresa Cambell met in advance to plan the day. A short survey was sent out to all members. The key themes from the survey were collated and fed-back to the group and were used to inform the content of the day. Teresa welcomed everyone and opened the session with an ice breaker. She shared the aims and objectives of the day. We broke up into groups to look at growing our membership and developing partnerships. Carol Infanti and new member Mandy Samrai led this getting everyone engaged and contributing. We stopped for lunch that Janet Garnons-Williams had coordinated. All the food was brought by members and included homemade soups, bread, samosas, cheese, fruit, and cakes. In the afternoon we looked at who we