Regional Programme Action


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More Programme Action is detailed in Club New items.

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Directions are here: directions to North Shields

Some useful information, parking, directions to The Exchange and answers to received questions.
1) All on-street parking is FREE on Sundays
2) The multi-story at The Beacon Centre is free to but closes at 4pm
3) The nearest Metro is a 10 minute walk
4) There is a bar where refreshments can be purchased.
5) The entertainment consists of two female singers accompanied by a musician.
6) The venue is fully accessible.
7) The exhibition will run throughout January
LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN SUNDAY AFTERNOON

 

Bluebell Bus left on March 5th 2018 from the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle.

Come and join in the fun as we set-off on our 7,000 mile journey to promote the Charity Daft as a Bush Cancer Patient Care! A 2 year adventure to travel the length of the coastal footpath walk of both Great Britain and Ireland starting on Monday March 5th 2018. This epic journey is to promote nationally, the Charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transport service nationally. This is free of charge in the Tyne and Wear area, for cancer patients that require to get to and from hospital for treatment. Come along for a cuppa and biscuit and give us a big cheer – Meet special guests, Daft as a Brush Team and cheers us off – Enjoy the fun at this very special event. Learn more about this exciting adventure by visiting the dedicated website:
www.daftasabrushbluebellbus.org.uk

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SI Durham members, Jan Turnbull and Vyvyenne Mack took part in the first (12 miles) stage of the “Daft as  Brush” Bluebell Bus 2 year coastal walk of Britain.

Club members, families and friends sponsored Jan and Vyvyenne helping to raise around £700 for the charity.

The charity was set up by local businessman Brian Birnie, who has given up much of his own wealth and family home to fund the organisation. He is supported in this coastal walk awareness and fundraising project by Cheryl Finlay, project director and member of SI Sunderland www.daftasabrushbluebellbus.org.uk

It provides transport for cancer patients who would have difficulty in getting to and from radiotherapy and chemotherapy appointments at hospitals in the North East of England. Patients will be accompanied by a driver and charity volunteer who will support them throughout their treatment and family members can also accompany them on the bus.

This is very different from the stretched NHS resources which only allow the patient to travel in an ambulance. This may result in a very long day with patients being picked up and dropped off to and from the hospital. Patients going via Daft as a Brush transport will be one, or at most two patients, travelling to and from treatment on that bus that day.

Consultants at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman hospitals have commented that patients arrive in a much more relaxed state and treatment can be accurately targeted from day one. Patients not having the advantage of this transport often find that treatment sites on their bodies have to be changed over time once they become familiar with the treatment.

It’s Brian’s hope that he can persuade others around the country of the value  and benefits of this service and that this type of transport can be provided around Britain.

At present fundraisers are asked to raise £12.5k towards the cost of a bus and Brian provides the remaining £12.5k. Schools will often be involved in fundraising and have a bus named after the school.

Brian, (who has Parkinson’s disease,) and his team of volunteer walkers will be travelling around Britain and Ireland over the next two years to raise funds and awareness of this remarkable service.

Vyvyenne Mack (SI Durham member)


Rosie May Foundation http://www.rosie-may.com/

Rosie May Foundation – Annual Review 2015 – 16 (1)

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Trauma Teddies

Teddy Knitting Pattern

Teddy Crocheting Pattern

Trauma Teddies

Sgt Mick Aspey and Ch insp Clare Langley

Sgt Mick Aspey and Ch insp Clare Langley

When trauma strikes, the first members of society to suffer are the children. Trauma Teddies  works to alleviate some of the stress that prevails when trauma occur. The teddy bear sends these children the message that someone in the world cares for them and that they are loved.  You can help.

Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner is appealing for teddies for the Police to assist victims of trauma.  Follow above patterns to crochet or knit a bear or bears and forward them to us.

https://www.northumbria.police.uk/news_and_events/latest_news/2017/12/14/trauma_teddies_scheme_expanded_across_the_force/

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Acting Chief Constable of Northumbria Police visits Newcastle Soroptimists to promote White Ribbon Day

Soroptimists Anne G, Linda J with Vera Baird DBE QC and CC Northumbria Police showing joint support across our region – White Ribbon Day – say NO to violence against women @SoroptTynemouth @SIGBI1 @WhiteRibbon_UK

Soroptimists Anne G, Linda J with Vera Baird DBE QC and CC Northumbria Police showing joint support across our region – White Ribbon Day – say NO to violence against women @SoroptTynemouth @SIGBI1 @WhiteRibbon_UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls – 25th November 2017

Soroptimist International Durham’s President, Judith Stirk, in response to a call for action from Newcastle Soroptimist and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, contacted  Ron Hogg, PCC for County Durham to ask if he would be prepared for Durham Constabulary’s officers to join with their colleagues in Northumbria in wearing a white ribbon on their uniforms on Saturday. This would show that they support ending gender based violence against women and girls. Mr Hogg was happy to accede to the request if Durham Soroptimists provided the ribbons. The ribbons are due to be  delivered to Aykley Heads today for onward distribution to all parts of the Force area. Be on the lookout for officers wearing their ribbons on Saturday and note this is part of 16 days of activism. Members of the public keen to support this campaign can visit the white ribbon website –  www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk 

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(Editor please note the White Ribbon Campaign was set up in November 1991 by Jack Layton, Michael Kaufman and Ron Sluses as a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. Soroptimist International is a voluntary organisation for women which acts as a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action to strive for the advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards , human rights for all and equality, development and peace)

Men speaking out against male violence against women and the negative gender stereotypes underpinning abuse. Act, pledge, donate. 

Vyvyenne Mack Member of SI Durham

Day 1 of 16 Days of Activism against VAWGs

Gaining commitment for the White Ribbon Campaign with Route 2 a support agency for men suffering from domestic abuse . Also in picture Prevent Vulnerable People Officer and Soroptimists Margaret Clark And Sharon Hanson Cooper . Below Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger pledging his support and Halo speaking on honour based violence .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to find out what is being done in your local area to tackle ? Visit


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https://www.stopthetraffik.org/anti-slavery-day-activism/

https://sigbi.org/members/2017/stop-the-traffik-global-blanket-campaign/

STOP THE TRAFFIK Global Blanket delivered to 10 Downing Street Anti Slavery Day 18 October 2017

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Istanbul Convention

Soroptimists and other women’s organisations have campaigned  for the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2016-17

The Private members Bill has now gone through to the House of Lords 3rd reading on 6 April 2017 in Parliament for Royal Assent by the Queen to become law.

We have successfully lobbied the PMB through the stages in Parliament to become law –  Well done!

Please watch the video for an explanation and background information.  Thank you

Watch “The Istanbul Convention – A roadmap to end violence against women” on #Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/icchangeuk/changeherstory  Thank you to those who have already taken action.  The video explains the reasons why it is important.

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The Kori Project Sierra Leone http://koridp.org/

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The second batch of over 100 baby hats for Sierra Leone  were delivered to Jackie Paling President of Sl Slough Windsor and Maidenhead in April who took them to  Rose  of the Kori Project  to take to Sierra Leone.  Picture of  Jane Slatter and Rose of London Region

 A huge thank you from all of the Kori Project Team with a request for more hats plus knitted baby vests , cardigans and jumpers in any colour.  These  will be distributed to the babies in outlying villages thus enabling them to be warm, cosy and healthy.

Thankyou

Margaret Clark APD Advocacy 


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Northern England Soroptimists are participating in Stop the Traffik’s Global Blanket Campaign 2016 – 2017.  https://vimeo.com/107470542

Click here for more information : http://www.stopthetraffik.org/uk/page/fashion-campaign-global-blanket     https://vimeo.com/108327788  

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SI Northern England are presenting the global blanket as a petition to 10 Downing Street on 18 October

2017 raising awarenss of traffiking on Anti Slavery Day.

 


Regional Programme Action Award 2016 – The ‘WOW’ factor

At her final meeting of her year in office, President Suzanne congratulated all clubs on their excellent programme work, making a difference to many women and girls. She made her President’s choice of a project which continues to have the ‘wow’ factor – SI Cockermouth club’s ‘ring pull project’.

President Suzanne presented the Crystal Shard Trophy to members of SI Cockermouth after the September Regional Council AGM.

Members of SI Cockermouth club have sustained their support for the Purple Community Fund (PCF) by engaging others clubs in the region, and beyond, as well as involving other organisations, schools and Girlguides in collecting ring pulls. The ring pulls are then made into lovely bags, purses and jewellery, and sold online, empowering and enabling families who were previously living on the dumpsites in the Philippines, to educate their children at school. SI Cockermouth have collected over 100,000 ring pulls, which has provided enough income to keep 11 children at school for a year or more. The charity, PCF, has recently re-focussed to work on projects in the UK to enable and empower women in prisons and women asylum seekers.

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The images show members of SI Cockermouth celebrating their award.

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SI Bilston & DIstrict Spoons in comparison with a 20p coin

 

Karma Nirvana – SI Bilston’s Spoon brooches can be bought from: http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/shop/  Watch the video:

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QhR2W5-biiM

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE SPOONS

During August 2013 a newspaper article headline was ‘Women who fear being forced to marry abroad told to hide spoon in underwear ‘(Guardian).  In July 2015 the charity Karma Nirvana launched their Spoon Lapel Badge initiative to raise awareness of the issues affecting women and girls who are being forced to marry.  Karma Nirvana is a charity founded 23 years ago by Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, herself a survivor of Forced Marriage, to support victims and survivors of forced marriage,  www.karmanirvana.org.uk

Call handlers at Karma Nirvana suggest to girls, as a last resort, to put spoons in knickers, providing an opportunity to be taken aside when the security alarm sounds and spoken to in a private room.  This is to avoid them finding themselves in the middle of nowhere abroad being forced into marriage without any sort of help.  Also Karma Nirvana is engaged in raising girls’ and boys’ awareness in schools.  The latter is an ongoing process.

Karma Nirvana has trained over half of the 43 Police Authorities on the issues of forced marriage.  This work is continuing.  The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is educating Border Agencies and although it is quite difficult to gain access to privately owned airports Karma Nirvana has trained Social Care teams in six airports in the UK.  Raising awareness of the issues of forced marriage is a lengthy process and it is hoped that the idea of spoons will be an excellent tool to further raise awareness amongst the general public worldwide. A great opportunity for advocacy!

The cost of the Spoon is £2 and all the proceeds from the Spoons go directly towards the Karma Nirvana Survivor Support Programme. The Spoons are being hand made by a volunteer who is supporting Karma Nirvana.  Soroptimist International Bilston & District (UK) has been working with the charity Karma Nirvana for 6 years and is currently distributing the Spoons on behalf of the charity.  Thank you for your support.  If you know of others who are interested please contact us through the website below.

www.sigbi.org/bilston-and-district   www.facebook.com/soroptimistinternationalbilston  www.@sibilston

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‘Slavery in the Modern World’

Wednesday 21 October 2015 11am – 3.15pm Crathorne Hall Yarm TS15 0AR

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Kevin Hyland OBE – The first Independent Anti Slavery Commissoner, Police and Crime Commissioners- Barry Coppinger,Vera Baird, Ron Hogg

Barnardos  on Sexual Exploitation,  Rev Canon Derek Turnham,  Tees Valley Youth Choir

Darlington Programme Action

Darlington Programme Action

Launched by Darlington’s Mayor in 2013 and supported by Jenny Chapman MP, our Loves Me, Loves Me Not campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs of a potentially abusive relationship.

Club members have distributed thousands of posters and bookmarks to schools, colleges, medical centres, shops etc within Darlington and beyond.

The project has been financed by a legacy, The Rothley Trust, DASAN and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Four editions so far: the original for adults and secondary school pupils, followed by primary school, Polish and – most recently – Bengali versions.

Family Help (Darlington’s Women’s Refuge) has reproduced our poster on its latest leaflet.

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Forget me Not crew in the Tiger Boats on Saturday 21 September 2015 – a fun day, fundraising for Alzheimer’s UK
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Forget me Not crew in the Tiger Boats on Saturday 21 September 2015 – a fun day, fundraising for Alzheimer’s UK

Carlisle Programme Action

Soroptimist International Carlisle Programme Action

Alleviating Stress for Dementia Patients

Carlisle Club is trying to help alleviate the stress which many dementia patients suffer in the later stages of their illness.  The Cumberland Infirmary uses twiddlemuffs for dementia patients who are admitted to hospital with a medical condition. The Carlton Clinic, which specialises in mental illnesses, also uses activity aprons and cushions on the dementia wards.  These are all expensive to buy but can easily be made.

Our contributions have been well received at both hospitals since the elderly care wards are seldom supported by the community at large.

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Morpeth Programme Action

Morpeth Programme Action

On a sunny day in mid-July, Morpeth Soroptimists ran a stall in the Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth to raise the profile of Soroptimists, attract new members and to raise funds for Barnabus Safe and Sound. Barnabus is a local charity which supports young people aged 16 to 25 in Morpeth and surrounding districts, helping them to acquire life skills and, if homeless, to find accommodation. Our stall raised funds by a raffle, with prizes generously donated by local businesses and by club members, and by selling “pre-loved” jewellery. We had many visitors throughout the day, including a passing soroptimist from Sunderland and, after the event, a number of positive comments on Facebook from fellow Soroptimists. We generated interest in who Soroptimists are and what we stand for, although no definite new members (as yet). We made 10 raffle prize winners very happy and we raised £225.00 for Barnabus, so overall an enjoyable and successful day.

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Middlesbrough Soroptimists are making up Toilet Bags for sexually exploited children on the streets (SECOS) in aid of Barnardos with soap, flannel, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shower gel, comb and hairbrush, sanitary Protection, small Make up bag, face cream, make up, small hand towel, cuddly toy or cushion.

Wendy Shepherd, Children’s Service Manager in the North East says:

I believe that sexual exploitation is becoming more organised; the criminals who abuse are more sophisticated. There are networks of older men grooming and trafficking children within the UK. It’s a growing phenomenon and it’s extremely difficult to police. Another area of concern for the practitioners is the frightening number of children who go missing repeatedly and are found to have been sexually exploited. It’s a huge risk factor for youngsters and we are worried that it’s still largely being ignored.”

  • The young people’s descriptions of how they entered into sexually exploitative relationships was common in that they revealed a process of being groomed, introduced, guided and coerced by an abusing adult who was also often their drug dealer and/or boyfriend
  • Barnardo’s runs specialist sexual exploitation projects that offer a safe, confidential environment where young people can go for help, advice and support. Our project workers actively seek out young people, offering them the long-term support they need if they want to change their way of life. The projects also work with schools and others to educate vulnerable young people to protect them from exploitation, including the police to bring about the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual exploitation.
  • Our sexual exploitation services in the North East recognise the holistic needs of the young people coming to the project and from our research it was evident that the major issues facing these children are abuse; becoming missing from home;substance misusing; sexual health, emotional and general wellbeing.
  • Barnardo’s SECOS (Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Streets) Project works to enable young people to exit and recover from sexual exploitation. The project works with young people in the Tees Valley, and their bases are located in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Stockton. Telephone 01642 819743 for further information

 World Refugee Day 2015, international observance observed June 20th each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

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Stockton on Tees Programme Action

The Meserani Project in Tanzania is the main charity supported by SI Stockton-on-Tees.  10 Soroptimists from the club sponsor girl pupils through their Secondary education for 4 years.

The club has recently funded the completion of a dormitory at Kipok Secondary Girls School, some miles from Meserani. Further fundraising at an Afternoon Tea in June means that there will be enough money to purchase beds for the dormitory also, which means that the girls will no longer have to sleep two to a bed as they have been doing previously.

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No to Violence Against Women and Girls

Click on this image to see more Facebook images of Coast to Coast Walk Orange Campaign raising awareness of ending Violence Against Women and Girls

 

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