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Big donations towards Norwich charity’s work for women with learning disabilities
PUBLISHED: 22:57 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:26 04 April 2019
Carol Barber (left), trustee of Opening Doors and Jill Ward, Norwich Soroptimists. Photo: Opening Doors
Opening Doors, a Norfolk charity run by and for people with learning disabilities, has received a donation of £2,000 towards their work with women.
Carol Barber, a trustee for Opening Doors received the cheque from the Soroptimists of Norwich at a fundraising event held at Norwich High School for Girls.
The Soroptimists is an international women’s organisation with a special focus on empowering and supporting women and girls.
Jill Ward, speaking on behalf of the Soroptimists, said that they had supported Opening Doors because the charity’s work fitted well with their mission to transform the lives and status of women and girls through, education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Miss Barber, who has a learning disability, thanked the Soroptimists and said: “At Opening Doors we give women information about their health in a way that makes it easier for them to understand.”
Women with learning disabilities have lower health outcomes than the general population.
Through projects focussed on bringing easy-to-understand information to women with learning disabilities Opening Doors aims to support women to explore and feel more confident about health issues that may affect them.
Members also train health professionals about the best way to support people with learning disabilities through the telling of their own stories and experiences within healthcare settings.
The Soroptimists of Norwich has a full programme of events and meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
For more information about Opening Doors visit www.openingdoors.org.uk or call 01603 631433.
For more information about Soroptimists email email@example.com
Soroptimists know how to eat!
Ist April- A Night with the Paston Family of Norfolk
It was a full house for Dr Rob Knee’s fascinating account of the history of a great Norfolk Family
and in costume !
We also presented a cheque for £2,000 to our current Charity “Opening Doors”
Jill with Carol from “Opening Doors”
Jill, Sue and Carol and our faulty Banner!
International Women’s Day Friday 8th March 2019
Soroptimist International of Norwich celebrated by sponsoring and hosting
a Coffee Morning in the centre of Norwich with theme of social isolation.
Organisations such as AgeUK, Voluntary Norfolk , Victim Support, Mothers’ Union
plus several charities and Norwich’s own charities Opening Doors,
Hamara Sahaas and Freedom were represented.
GATE:Gambian Aid through Education
Anita Walter : Extra Hands
Sam Apev , Age UK and Verity Gibson NOPF
Clive Lewis MP Norwich South
Bevy of Councillors !
L-R Karen Davis (Norwich City Council cabinet member for Social Inclusion and Labour PPC for Norwich North) ,
Emma Corlett (Labour County Cllr for Town Close), Jo Smith (Labour City Cllr for Mancroft) ,
Rachel Everett (Labour City Council candidate for Thorpe Hamlet).
Jill Bennett , BBC Radio Norfolk , rounding off the morning
4thMarch : Talk on the Wherry Maud
Linda Pargeter gave a fascinating talk on the history of
and the life long work of restoring this part of Norfolk’s heritage.
Fund raising Auction in February 2019 at the Club raised £160……
bidding for unwanted Christmas presents ……
Tea cosy and Shower cap : very fetching !
SI Norwich welcomes new Member in 2019
SIGBI Conference 2018
Speaker :Terry Waites
October in Norway: intrepid Soroptimists
Saturday 30th June : Concert for our Charity “Opening Doors”
St Giles Church, Norwich
Over £400 raised for our charity .
Sine Nomine Choir
International Women’s Day 2018 and Mothering Sunday 11th March.
Every year Gressenhall Workhouse Museum, Norfolk
hosts a Mothering Sunday to open its season.
There are free cream teas for Mothers and this year an exhibition in a marquee of
the work of 20 women’s organisations celebrating International Women’s Day.
SI Norwich joined in, networked with the other groups AND had cream teas!
A successful evening at the Norwich High School for Girls
with Caroline Jarrold ‘s very comprehensive history of her family’s company in Norwich,
coffee, cake and a prize draw all to raise funds for our charity “Opening Doors”.
Fund Raising at a Christmas Fair organised by the charity Respect Yourself
who support for young people via the social media.
4Women – Norwich
The Club gave 10 personal alarms for women
The organisation’s funds have been drastically cut so the team
are grateful for such donations
Soroptimist Federation Conference in Cardiff
This year the Conference had outstanding keynote speakers starting with Michael Kaufman
the co-founder of the White Ribbon campaign – men working to end violence against women.
Mandy Hickson, one of the first women to fly Tornado jets was magnetic and
Dame Katherine Grainger Britain’s most successful rower and athlete medal winners.
- We were inspired by reports on the work going on against Slavery in Wales and a panel of very young Soroptimists
- gave us ideas and advice on encouraging new AND young members.
- one of the stars was a member from SI Selby Lindsay Green.
- Look at her poem on recruitment : go to Facebook, Soroptimist Selby recorded in her hotel room … hilarious
as Always Conference is a time for meeting friends
Four members of the club had a very enjoyable long weekend in Germany with other Soroptimists from Germany and Denmark . Our hosts form SI Cuxhaven were very hospitable and generous. we stayed with club members for two nights and visited the local area.. On the Friday two cars with members of both club were driven to the Isle of Rugen , in the Baltic coast where we stayed in a castle hotel , Schloss Ralswiek owned by one of the members of SI Rugen who also joined us. At a wonderful afternoon tea we met the members of SI Tonder from Denmark. The whole weekend was the customary mix of talking , eating, and drinking! On the Saturday we had a boat trip to see the white cliffs of Rugen and then a visit to a splendid hunting lodge. As a surprise we were welcomed by hunting horns. Some of us climbed the tower to see wonderful views of the surrounding area!. In the evening we had dinner in the hotel and given 3 jars of local homemade jam. This gave our contingent a problem as we only had hand luggage. Problem solved by reorganising our luggage and putting one case , with the jams in the hold. Our Cuxhaven hosts drove us to Bremen where we had to stay an extra night as Ryanair had cancelled our original flight! We made the most of our extra day by looking round the city and shopping!
This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.
At the micro level the seeds of peace are sown by Soroptimists when they gather Easter Eggs, or Christmas gifts for the hundreds of war displaced refugees. Knitting for children torn from their homes is a comforting service but also an act of peace. Organizing small events to raise funds for asylum seekers to keep their dignity intact, is a peaceful gesture. Soroptimists in Clubs have extended their concern to ensure that respect, safety and dignity is assured while the displaced walk on the road to recovery.
Last year( 2016/2017) we raised £1200 for “Blood Bikers” –Local volunteers who transport
blood , plasma,donor breast milk and any urgent medical items to hospitals at night,daytime weekends and Bank Holidays…all free of charge.
They visited us on 19th June to receive the cheque and show us the gazebo they purchased with our donation
Audrey at 90 in 2012
Sadly Audrey our Honorary oldest and longest serving member died on 10th June 2017
The Club will miss her.
Several members of the club helped at the Norwich’ Flintspiration’ weekend run by the Norfolk Historic Churches Trust . They led walks on Anchorite trail, which showed the sites where Anchoresses, including Julian of Norwich lived in the 14th Century ,
Two members of the club celebrated their 80th birthdays which gave members a great reason to get together for a buffet meal at a member’s house.
March 2017 International Women’s Day
Several members enjoyed the talks and visiting the stands at the Norfolk Women Reaching Women event event held at Norwich Cathedral
Several of the club members visited Olwen’s for a La Befana lunch to raise money for Blood Bikes . A wide variety of Italian food and wine was consumed!
White Ribbon Day – ‘Norfolk Says No’ to Domestic Violence
Totem of quotations from Women’s organisations displayed at the Forum in Norwich
8 members of the club visited Malta for the Conference
View of Valletta harbour
Pink by the Pool for Breast Cancer Awareness
Gardeners’s Question Time -Saturday 19th November 2016 at St Andrews Parish Church Eaton
We raised £190 for “Blood Bikers ”
A panel of four experts
Shelagh Ashe and Esther Jury Mr and Mrs .. of the Hardy Plant Society
On 17th October 2016 Presidents Jill and Lynda presented Jason Beatty of
YMCA with a cheque for £1,100 for stronger beds for the Norwich Hostel.