February 2020 – Supporting the Nantwich Thursday Club for people with dementia and their carers The first meeting of the Nantwich Thursday Club providing social activities for people living with Dementia and their carers was a great success. Everyone joined in decorating cakes and biscuits, singing, chatting and enjoying tea/coffee and cake. Here is a photo of all the helpers from organisations including In Safe Hands, Right at Home, Wishing Well, Cheshire East, Cheshire Police, Morrisons, Richmond Village and Nantwich Soroptimists. The next Thursday club will be on 13th February 10.00- 12.30 when we will be making Valentines cards.
A cold and frosty Saturday morning in February saw a party of 10 members heading to London for the weekend organised by Gill- Cheers Gill! We stayed at 63 (the Soroptimist hotel.) On Saturday we went to see the Book of Mormon which was very irreverent and rather rude but hilarious. Later we went for a meal at an Italian restaurant near the hotel. On Sunday we walked through Kensington gardens (opposite the hotel) to Kensington palace to see the exhibition of Princess Diana’s dresses. Anne and Jean attempted to look suitably regal in a Queen Anne number! Stunningly beautiful. Then on to Kensington High Street for some retail therapy. We said goodbye to three of our number and the rest of us went for an Indian meal. On Monday – the Science museum before heading
HAPPY NEW YEAR – WELCOME TO 2020! New Year lunch at the White Lion Weston 5th January 2020 We had a lovely friendly and relaxed gathering to catch up on news and celebrate the start of a new year and new decade.
Happy Christmas Everyone! We had fun decorating our charity tree at St Mary’s Acton! This year we are supporting efforts to make Crewe and Nantwich more dementia friendly and our tree is covered in forget-me-nots – the dementia friendly flower symbol. We wish you all a peaceful Christmas and hope that 2020 brings joy and hope to everyone.
Nine of us went to Bournemouth for the Annual SIGBI Conference in October– it was stimulating and enjoyable! We heard from some inspirational speakers, and the theme of mental health and wellbeing was running through all the talks and activities. For more details of the conference itself here is a link to the conference site on the SIGBI Website. Here we are having some fun and getting the most out the event!
World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day for us to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world. As a club, we have had a theme of promoting mental wellbeing this year through our speakers, charities and communications – it is an issue dear to our hearts. This also supports the Soroptimists International Great Britain and Northern Ireland (SIGBI) Federation theme – our Federation President Sue Williams said “At the beginning of the Soroptimist year, I asked you to ‘Think On It.’ I asked you to join with me to raise awareness of our own wellbeing. I asked that we talked about mental health and the importance of advocating for the good mental health for others by speaking out and raising awareness. By doing so, we are educating, enabling and empowering ourselves and others. And
Two of our members, Caroline Marsh and Jacquie Weatherill, went to Kuala Lumpur for the International Convention. Over 1000 women from across the world gathered to consider issues such as sexual exploitation, women innovating in new technology, women’s health issues and the environment. It was super stimulating as well as chance to hear how Soroptimists are making a difference globally, nationally and locally.
Supporting Samaritans prevent suicide on Samaritans Awareness Day Good mental health is fundamental for thriving in life and it is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. This is a theme for Soroptimists in GB and Ireland and at our club in Nantwich and District, President Helen has also developed a programme to address a range of mental health issues. Suicide is particularly devastating, and we have The Samaritans as one of the charities we are supporting this year. Their mission is to enable a world where fewer people die by suicide. Around 6,000 people die by suicide every year in the UK, with someone taking their own life every 90 minutes (ONS, 2018; Samaritans, 2018). These deaths are devastating and shatter lives. Suicide is more common in men than women – in the UK, men are three times as
On Saturday 28th members of Nantwich Soroptimists braved appalling weather to support their stall at the local Society Spectacular. We take part in this event to raise awareness of Soroptimism as well as to see if there are any local women who would like to join us. Despite the wind blowing the display boards off the table and repeated downpours that saturated unsuspecting passers by, it was generally felt that the day was a success. The event was organised by Nantwich Town Council who provide free gazebos and tables in the centre of Nantwich’s pedestrianised area for all the societies in Nantwich to show their wares and attract new members. From the local am-dram to tennis, from organisers of the town food festival to the volunteer gardeners who keep the flower beds looking so good, every local society you could possibly want to join were
A group of us went with some friends from Motherwell Women’s Charity to visit the Pankhurst Museum and hear from Manchester Women’s Aid which is also based there. Beforehand we had a lovely lunch at The Whitworth Art Gallery. The museum itself stands incongruously as a victorian house in the middle of the modern buildings of Central Manchester Hospital, and was where Emmeline Pankhurst lived and started the suffragette movement from her parlour there. We learned a lot about the birth of the suffragette movement and Emmeline’s role in this, which was very interesting. It was also very useful to hear about Manchester Women’s Aid, supporting 5 refuges and a range of outreach services for women subject to domestic abuse. we were pleased to hear that they are in contact with, and learning from our local service Cheshire Without Abuse, which is considered a model