Working in Partnership with Morrison’s Store and Crewe YMCA, Nantwich Soroptimists are very pleased to have beeb able to supply 100 Easter Eggs for the children of some local single parent families. These families have suffered particularly badly in the current harsh economic climate and continue to be a cause for concern to the outreach section of the YMCA. We are so pleased that we can continue to help these families even in such a small way but Tracey Bentley of the YMCA says that these eggs will be of huge importance to the children. Of course we would not forget the mothers of these children and so forty two of them will also receive a box of chocolates to cheer up their Easter. Pictured left to right, Tracey Bentley Community Team Lead YMCA, Helen Piddock-Jones Nantwich SI and Tracey Morgan from Morrisons.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, violence against women has intensified. A Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing, and we need to stem the tide. Everyone has a role to play in this. We are at the start of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism to tackle gender based violence – November 25th – 10th December – now is the time to take stock and ask what we can do to play our part. We recognise that there is a crisis taking place in our own community. Our club has been a long-standing partner and supporter of Cheshire Without Abuse – My CWA over many years. Running 16 refuges across east Cheshire which even before the pandemic struck were always full, the team has sadly seen a significant rise in need by families they help. The situation has got noticeably worse. The charity has witnessed a rise in abuse cases of
The Road to Equality The Road to Equality is a world wide appeal led by Sharon Fisher, President of Soroptimists International. It has picked up on the United Nations mission to “leave no one left behind” as we continue to fight for gender equality. Today, our club and other members from the Cheshire North Wales and Wirral Region heard an update on progress from Ayushi Kundu, one of the co-ordinators who joined us from India via Zoom. The appeal strategically focuses on topics affecting women and girls across the world, including: Child marriage Female genital mutilation Domestic Violence Rights of older women Migration Human Trafficking. It was encouraging to hear how awareness about these issues is being raised in specific regions, and reported back to the United Nations. It is also concerning to hear that women and girls are even more severely affected by these issues
Our first gathering since lockdown – 10 of us met up at Nantwich Bookshop Cafe this week. It was so nice to catch up with members face to face, we have missed seeing ‘real’ people. One frivolous topic we all shared was whether we have been able to get to the hairdresser yet! Can you guess who has from the photo?! The Bookshop had reserved the room for us, and we are easily able to maintain social distance between us. We had such fun that we are going to make this a regular event every couple of weeks – watch this space for updates.
We all got rid of our pet hates the other night as we played Room 101 on Zoom. We have had plenty of time to think about what really gets under our skin! We had a good old chin-wag about all the contenders and the winners were: Number One: – Unnecessary plastic packaging on salad items – who needs their cucumber wrapped in plastic??!! Number Two: – Queueing for the ladies when we get to go out again – no more needs to be said about that Number Three: – The theme tune for The One Show!! Here we are, on separate screens, yet feeling together!
International Women’s Day 2020 – members get together One of our members, Carole Salthouse hosted celebration of IWD on Sunday 8th March. About 20 members attended along with a few brave husbands and we were all treated to excellent snacks and drinks. Member Vi Pritchard organised a quiz about famous women over the centuries and this was won by Maggie and Trevor Evans who went home with a smart box of chocolates. £60 was collected for the Empowering Girls in Nepal charity and this was added to at the Business Meeting on 10 March reaching a total donation of £100 for this month. International Women’s Day 2020 – Crewe Women’s Day As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8th we have been reflecting on how we can live the theme of Each for Equal and promote an equal, enabled world. How do we actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden