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Progress not Perfection 2021-2022

In 2021-22 our aim is to make progress without worrying too much about making things perfect. We’ll do whatever we need to do to keep moving forward. Our primary Programme Action focus for the year will be on helping tackle Modern Slavery.
In the words of Mel Wardle Woodend, Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2019-2022:
“Progress not perfection is the key to tackling, as a team, every new challenge as they unfurl.”

The UN's Sustainable Development GoalsEvery Soroptimist Club devises, plans and carries out project work – known as Programme Action – based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SIGBI is a registered charity (Charity Number: 1179433) and has Special Consultative Status at the United Nations.

The SDGs – otherwise known as the Global Goals – are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

At Regional Level we celebrate the work of individual clubs and also bring it together when a project would benefit for a collective approach region-wide. We have 9 clubs in our region and there are definitely times when “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. We also work across regions from time to time for the same reason.

Read our Regional Programme Action Newsletters:

Ongoing Projects

Observing Specialist Domestic Violence Courts – Midland Chase & Midland Arden Regions

Dame Vera Baird QC, Soroptimist and Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner published her report on Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, in July 2018. She subsequently spoke at the March 2019 Midland Chase Regional Meeting, and having heard about the in depth work which had been carried out, clubs throughout the Region unanimously agreed that this was an area on which they could work together.

We were joined in this by Midland Arden region and between us we managed to cover three police forces – West Midlands, Staffordshire and West Mercia – and a large geographical area. You can learn much more about this cross-region project on the website of Lichfield & District Club where you can also read Dame Vera’s original report “Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, How special are they?”