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Fundraising stall at Tynemouth Station Market on June 2nd to support a girl’s education in Nepal. We need your help!!

Fundraising stall at Tynemouth Station Market on June 2nd to support a girl’s education in Nepal. We need your help!!

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leaflet re Kabita Khadka[141315]         are at Tynemouth Station Market 2nd June 2019  from 9am to 3.45pm We are selling toiletries, pottery, bric-a- brac etc. All proceeds will be going to support ta girl’s education in Nepal. Kabita has 9 sisters and 2 brothers. Your support is most valuable to enable Kabita to continue her education. She lives with her parents. They are farmer with very limited farming land so they work as labourers on other farms as well. However, because of the seasonal farming system in Nepal, they only able to work in the farming season only and most of the days they have no work. While her parents work outside (on the farm), she has to work in the home: cleaning, sweeping, cooking and looking after her brother. She is hoping to train as a teacher once she finishes her

Open Evening at Jesmond Library on Tuesday 27th November

Open Evening at Jesmond Library on Tuesday 27th November

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Newcastle Soroptimists are holding an Open Evening at Jesmond Library on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 7.0pm. The speaker will be Baroness Joyce Quin who has recently published a book “Angels of the North; notable women of the North East” together with co-author Moira Kilkenny. The book contains highlights of 40 women from many fields, all of whom made a significant contribution nationally and especially to the North East. Some will be well remembered and others might have been forgotten if not for this testimony to them. Book signings will be available. There is no charge for this event.

Press release from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC acknowledges the assistance given by local Soroptimists in a recent research study.

Press release from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC acknowledges the assistance given by local Soroptimists in a recent research study.

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PRESS RELEASE From Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC Specialist Domestic Violence Courts should do more to stop defendants ‘gaming the system’, improve the courts understanding of coercive control and need Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates at every stage to help complainants and victims A new report from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird “Specialist Domestic Violence Courts – How special are they?” should act as a wake-up call to the government as they move forward with their Domestic Abuse Bill, to make sure that measures which already exist are working properly. Volunteer court observers, mainly from the North of England Soroptimists and trained by CPS and the Courts Service, observed 223 cases between July and November 2017. They found a significant number of gaps in the system but that if both funding and training were improved SDVCs would work as was

New Start Bags, July 14th hand over…

New Start Bags, July 14th hand over…

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On Friday, July 14th, S.I. Newcastle upon Tyne were very pleased to receive from Intu Metro Centre Gateshead staff, a number of ‘grab’  bags to be handed over to Chief Inspector Claire Wheatley, of Northumbria Police’s Safeguarding Department. As previously mentioned, the collection was organised by the Intu Metro Centre’s Chaplain Lyn Jamieson after she was contacted by SI Newcastle upon Tyne member, Cris Young. Intu Metro Centre staff involved were Judith Scanlan (Senior Commercial Coordinator), Lisa Mcleman (Assistant Marketing Manager) and Helen Atkinson (Marketing Manager). Lyn is hoping to attend one of our meetings in the near future.              

Project Choice – final session

Project Choice – final session

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Friday June 23rd was the last session of mock interviews, members of SI Newcastle upon Tyne, carried out in this cycle at Gateshead College. Two other members (Christine and Cris) saw their candidates on Tuesday, June 20th.                           Over the year we have seen a tremendous improvement in the students’ confidence and presentation. We wish them every success in their chosen career paths.   Lee, who was a recipient of a piece of equipment called an Orcam, is pictured here with his mother, two teachers on the Project Choice course (Linda and Laura) and SI Newcastle member, Heather. Heather had been successful in applying to Killfrost Ltd for a grant of £2,200 for the purchase of an Orcam My Eye device for Lee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           On Wednesday July 14th,

Spreading the word update…

Spreading the word update…

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  The Golden Guide has been published annually in Northumberland since 2006. There is a separate edition for Newcastle and North Tyneside available. Its aim has always been to help older people enjoy life by discovering the range of opportunities local to them. It is a way to find social activities, clubs and classes—but it is also means of finding practical support—with health issues, financial concerns, personal safety or simply how to get involved in your community. SI Newcastle upon Tyne and SI Tynemouth and Whitley Bay have an entry in it on page 9 of the current edition. An updated version will be available in July. Hard copies are available in local libraries. You can access the digital version at: www.goldenguide.org.uk  under the ‘Golden Guide’ tab.

Project Choice

Project Choice

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Project Choice This is the second year; Newcastle Soroptimists have been involved with Project Choice at Gateshead College. Our fellow Soroptimists from Sunderland work with the Sunderland cohort of students. Project Choice is a supported internship programme for people with learning disabilities, difficulties or autism (LDDA). Led by Gateshead College, internships take place in City Hospitals Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT, York NHS FT, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS FT. The focus is ‘work readiness’ and matching skills to employment. Soroptimists give the students interview experience. We participate in mock interviews three times in the academic year: October, March and in June. The aim is for each team of interviewers to see the same group of students each time and this enables us to give relevant feedback on their progression. Our work has been much appreciated by the course leaders. Next academic

Project Choice

Project Choice

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Project Choice Friday, April 22nd, Cynthia and Lis interviewing candidates on Project Choice. One of the lecturers, Laura Kane, sat in on the mock interviews. We all felt it was a very successful morning. Two other Soroptimists, Christine Lumsdon and Heather Niven, interviewed more candidates in the afternoon. Our last session was on Friday July 8th. All sides felt it had been very beneficial and we hope to continue with it in the next academic year.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Circumcision or Cutting FGM is something of which many of us in the UK are unfamiliar. SI Newcastle was invited, along with other clubs in the region, to attend a talk on this harrowing subject, at SI South Shields and District meeting on Tuesday July 12th. The subject was introduced by Dr Kirsten Richardson who is a GP in North Tyneside. She spoke of her experience and introduced the main speaker, Roya K. Rezaee from Shine. Her role is as a Community Development Worker in Newcastle. A quote that remains with me is ‘Every minute 5 girls are cut worldwide’. FGM in the UK is becoming more common as new peoples enter the country. Follow this link for further information: http://www.shinewomen.co.uk/ New castle member, Councillor Doreen Huddart has recently attended a recent meeting of the Home Affairs Committee chaired