Soroptimist International of Northwich and District was chartered 69 years ago when a group of professional women with drive, ambition and energy set up as a group to offer service, raise money and help others in need.
Although we live in a much changed world, this is what we still do today. We work hard, but enjoy great fun and friendship whilst doing so, and gain great satisfaction from knowing we make a valued contribution in our local community, and also nationally and internationally.
Service is an important element of our work here at SI Northwich, and the essence is to spread friendship and happiness through helping others, looking after vulnerable people and assisting members in need through our Welfare Programme, especially the elderly or bereaved.
We continue to support our local Refuge, formerly Vale Royal Women’s Aid / Phoenix Domestic Abuse Service, and now re-named Cheshire Without Abuse.
Members have assisted in ‘bag packs’ and coffee mornings, and have recently provided ‘exit buckets’ containing household cleaning items for ladies leaving the Refuge to set up their own homes. Members also served on the Management Committee.
Members also help out at the Vale Royal Contact Centre and also had helped at the Stroke Club. Homestart a UK charity for supporting young families has had SI members on its committee, and guides women in homemaking. More recently we have developed strong links with Cotswold House which provides temporary accommodation for homeless women aged 16 – 35. It is a local provision for all areas of Cheshire West and Chester.
This year it has been the aim of the Club and Region to raise awareness of Soroptimism and to underline the fact that we are members of a global organisation. Each Autumn members of SI Northwich attend the Conference, where they meet up with members from all over the world,and forge friendships and links.Check out the Conference page for further information about this year’s conference, being held in Liverpool.
We have established a friendship link with a newly chartered club in Uganda, SI Masaka, and sent funding for the purchase of a sewing machine to support them in a project for women with HIV.
We have 30 members who meet twice a month throughout the year. Our Business Meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month, and a Speaker Meeting is on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Prospective members are invited to come to any of these. We would be delighted to hear from you; please contact us via this site, or engage with us through Social Media via the links below: