President’s Welcome


President Alison – opening address – 3 November 2018

‘#WhatsaSoroptimist’

Hello and welcome to the North West England and Isle of Man Region of Soroptimist International.

I’ve been a member of Soroptimist International Rossendale for almost 7 years. To become President of this dynamic, thriving Region for 2018 – 2019 is an honour.

I became a Soroptimist because I wanted to make a difference.  Like most women I’ve overcome challenge in my life. It’s made me who I am today. I inherited my rights, my opportunities, my chances to choose, from the efforts of women who’ve gone before me. It’s this that makes me feel that it’s my responsibility to engage with the work that Soroptimists do and make a contribution towards the protection and advancement of women and girls around the world.

The women in this Region are phenmonal. They’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. In the last four years alone, the North West and Isle of Man Region has raised £327,587.57 and 38,263 people have benefitted from the work of Soroptimists in this region. Awesome is a very overused word, but frankly, it is awesome.

Our theme for this year is Mental Health. It’s a sobering thought to learn that

  • more women than men have depression
  • 15% of women have post natal depression
  • 2/3rds of people with dementia are women
  • 1 in 12 girls self-harm
  • 29% of women have mental health issues

Clubs across the Region will be focussing their efforts on raising awareness of the impact of mental health on women and girls and the families that they belong to. Look out for us in your local paper, on your radio, on social media!

Do you want to make a difference too? Fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to find out what you’re interested in.

If you’re interested in joining you local club follow this link to find the nearest club to you. Get in touch to attend a meeting and find out more about Soroptimism.

If you’re on Facebook please like our page and see what we get up to.

I’m very much looking forward to my year as President. Hopefully I’ll meet you soon and learn why you’re a Soroptimist or why you want to be a soroptimist.

Alison Driver

Regional President – 2018/19