At the Charter Lunch in May 2013 Immediate Past President, Marjorie Whitehead, presented a cheque to our guest speaker Charley Wilkinson of the Women’s Centre in Lancaster. The money had been raised during Marjorie’s year in office and it is intended to be used to provide toys for use in the Centre’s garden area.
The aim of the Women’s Centre is to work with women who are vulnerable to offending, to tackle social exclusion, improve community safety and promote the well-being of the women. The development of this and other centres throughout the country follows publication of the Corston Report in May 2007. The centres aim to provide a different, holistic approach to working with vulnerable women and to reduce the number of women in prison.
The centres provide a drop-in “one stop shop” service for women, co-ordinating a broad range of on-site services and interventions appropriate to the needs of women.
Members of SI Morecambe and Heysham are providing support for the Lancaster Centre in various ways: donating goods, raising funds and volunteering to help at the Centre. The project complements the current work of Soroptimists throughout Britain who are working with the Prison Reform Trust looking at the issues of women in prison. More information on this can be found at https://sigbi.org/2013/uk-soroptimists-take-action-on-women-prisoners/.