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Soroptimist International - Milton Keynes

Soroptimist International of Milton Keynes is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Welcome to Soroptimist International Milton Keynes

We are part of an international women’s voluntary organisation working to improve the lives of women and girls locally,  nationally and at an international level.  To learn more about our friendly group click here.

We want to raise awareness of the many ways we can help women and girls to reach their potential and realise their ambition.  If you want to make a difference why not join us at one of our events.  Contact us via email at soroptimistsmk@gmail.com

To see when we are meeting and our planned events click here

SI MK 16 Feb 2021 mtg

What have we been up to lately 

June has been a very busy month for us.  We started off by celebrating our 6th Charter Anniversary

We are very proud to have had President Johanna M Raffan MBE present us with our Charter as a new club back on 10 June 2015 and she also kindly gifted us a Soroptimists rose. Memories we will always cherish and think fondly of.

SI MK Cheque presentation June 21 to MK Community Foundation Womens Fund

As part of our 6th Charter Anniversary, we were also very proud to make a donation of £200, our original £180 grant plus interest, back to the Community Foundation, who donated to us back in 2015 to kick start us off.  Bringing this full circle and ‘paying back’ the support and faith they had in us. We hope to make another donation in the future.” The money will contribute to the Women’s Fund which is used to support projects which help women and girls in MK.

On Saturday 12 June we hosted our Regional Virtual event.  We had nearly 100 attendees and our main speaker was Julie Dawes from The Parks Trust picking up on our Centenary Theme of #PlantaTree.  The icing on the cake for us was to have our friendship club Soroptimist International Oakland from America join us.  We are lucky to be linked with the founding club of Soroptimists and to have them join us in our Centenary year is a great privilege.  And as it is our Centenary year we put on a virtual play to look back at the some of the history of Soroptimists.   To see all the videos for this event click here.

Soroptimist cake celebrating our 100 birthdaySoroptimists MK Centenary Quilt

And to round off the month some of us were able to attend Soroptimists Oakland annual Officer installation meeting, which was great.  They were sitting out in the sun in 25 degrees sunshine, their first face to face meeting with blue and white balloons and welcoming their officers for the next year.  It is so interesting to see how our Soroptimist sisters in America work and we are hoping to learn more from them.   A privilege to attend.

SI Oakland mtg 26 June 2021

 

And one of our newest  projects is linked to MK Act, the Women’s Refuge.   They have told us that one of the things they need help with is providing cleaning materials for the families when they move out.  “Clean Start” is our new project to provide a bucket full of cleaning essentials to each family as they move out.  We have found that we can make a bucket up of various cleaning essentials for UNDER £15.

These essentials include – Bucket, Scrubbing Brush, White/Blue cloths, Dustpan and Brush, Toilet Brush, Washing up Liquid, Dish Brush, Sponge scourers, Ciff cream, Bleach, Anti-bacterial cleaner, Household gloves and Black bin bags

Buckets for MK Act

When a family is ready to leave we will present them with a bucket and a certificate wishing them all the best in their new life.

Click here to see more pictures of what we have been doing.

We also have a number of events going on in our Soroptimist  International Centenary Year 2021.  To find out more about these events, scroll further down this page.

Recent Club News –  click here to see more news items

Thanking MK Community Foundation on our 6th Charter Anniversary

In 2015 MK Community Foundation made a grant to SI Milton Keynes to help us…

MK Act – Exciting new job opportunities

MK ACT is a charity in Milton Keynes which works with over 100 families’ every…

Celebrating Invisible Women – June

Hi my name is Aaliyah, I’m in my second year of my health and social…

Celebrating Invisible Women of MK – May

      Margaret Sale (1932-2020) Born in 1932, Margaret trained as a school teacher…

Calling all Knitters – Knit for Syria

Calling all knitters: Hand in Hand For Aid and Development (HiHfAD) are asking knitters to…

Soroptimists International Centenary Celebrations 2021

Soroptimists across the world are joining together to celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International (SI) in 2021.  There will be a number of events and ways to celebrate this momentous occasion taking place through out 2021, Click here.  And in October we will have the big celebration at SIGBI’s Llandudno Conference on 29-30 October via Zoom.  Bookings are now being taken.  To find out more and to book your place, click here.

SIGBI Llandudno Oct 2021

We have started in the UK by celebrating the contributions of over 100 Soroptimists women who have made a significant contribution to the society and its aims. Each month, a new group of women will be celebrated, to view, click here

SI Milton Keynes is planning a year of events to mark the Centenary.  See below for details of our programme of celebrations:

“Celebrating Invisible Milton Keynes Women”. 

Soroptimist International is 100 this year.  We are all about transforming the lives of women and girls to help them reach their full potentials.

As part of our birthday year, Milton Keynes will be “Celebrating Invisible MK Women”.  Women who have quietly made a difference to the community.  Each month we will post a biography.  Please read and let us know your views.

January we celebrate

Zoe Raven, CEO of Acorn Early Years Foundation.  Click here to view the article on our website

 

February and we are celebrating one of our newest members,

Lois Hembadon Adura, a lawyer by profession and founder of “Save by Grace” Charitable Foundation and author of “Saved by Grace” a powerful book about the real-life ordeals of females living in a community with male preferences.  Click here to view her biography:

 

March we celebrate

Chief Inspector Kelly Gardner – Deputy Commander for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area.  Click here to view the article on our website

Chief Inspector Kelly Gardner – Deputy Commander for Milton Keynes Local Policing Area

April we celebrate

Valerie Williamson, 2 times Paraplegic archery medalist and awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.  Click here to view the full article.

May We celebrate

Margaret Sale (1932-2020)

Founding member of the Saving Bletchley Park campaign, board member of Bletchley Park Trust in 1994.

Margaret Sale, founding member of Save Bletchley Park campaign

Click here to read full article

June We celebrate

Aaliyah Aries

Living with Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

 

Aaliyha Aries founder member of the Youth Panel for Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Click here to read full article

#MyPledge #Pledge2021

2020 was anything but normal but it has highlighted the need to look after each other.  As part of our Centenary year we want to encourage everyone to make #Pledge2021 of kindness and hope.  It can be a one off or a regular pledge.  We would like to achieve 100 #Pledge2021 in line with our 100 years.  To find our more on how to #Pledge2021 and to let us know what you do click here.

Centenary Quilt

We have completed our Centenary Quilt and were able to present it at our ?Regional event on 12 June.  This quilt celebrates our branch and what we do and also what we love about Milton Keynes.

Soroptimists MK Centenary Quilt

Here are some of the individual quilt patches.

Soroptimists Quilt PatchWillen Lake Quilt patchQuilts and masks patchMK Concrete Cows quilt patch

 

 

SI Milton Keynes Branch raising funds for MK Hospital new cancer unit

Our campaign for 2020-2021 is to address issues around domestic violence

We do this by helping to educate young people to identify when relationships are becoming abusive; we empower women looking to escape or change abusive homes through supporting the preventative, practical advice provided by MK ACT; we enable women to put their lives on a new path by fundraising for new hostel rooms at the YMCA and distributing dignity packs to over 3000 local women through the Red Cross each year. And we fund research to support the work of Works for Us, helping local women back into the workplace.

Join and support us in making Milton Keynes a life-enhancing community for women and girls.

If you are looking for immediate support, please contact our link charities directly – listed here.

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