Social/Fundraising Diary

Social and Fundraising programme 2018 /2019

Sunday 17th June    3pm  Afternoon Tea

Please  join us  for an afternoon tea at Caistor Hall Hotel, Stoke Rd, Caistor St Edmunds , Norwich, NR14 8QN.  and  a chance to meet members of the club in relaxing surroundings. The cost is only £15  , so if you would like to come  along, please email the club by 8th June.

Saturday 30 June

Motets and Madrigals
Conductor: Ben Miller Organist: Peter O’Connor
St Giles Church, 75 Upper St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1AB
Registration and rehearsal from 2.30pm
(Also optional Wednesday evenings in June)
CONCERT 7.30pm
Singers £5 Audience £8
Raffle Refreshments

For more information:
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Two  Projects were chosen for the club to support

Opening Doors

“Disabled women are twice as likely to experience some form of abuse as their non-disabled counterparts. Because they are disabled they are more vulnerable, they might not recognise that what is happening to them is wrong and they are less likely to be able to escape from their abusers. As a result of our work with women with learning disabilities we are aware of the scale of sexual abuse faced by disabled women in Norfolk and are anxious to deliver this project.

A project for local women who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse which Opening Doors would like to undertake, given sufficient funding. Unfortunately we have been unable to obtain much funding for this project to date because, we are told, advocacy (especially in relation to learning disabilities, women and domestic and sexual abuse) is not a hot topic.  As part of the project we would produce a leaflet recognising the contribution from the Soroptimists and we would post regular blogs and tweets on both Facebook and Twitter about the project. In order to bring the project alive and for your members to understand our organisation better we are happy to deliver a presentation.”

Hamara Sahaas

The Indian Charity I have been working with is Hamara Sahaas. A small NGO in Jodphur, set up by
Tamanna Bhati, that supports marginalised women,teaching them sewing and handicraft skills, giving them
the chance to ‘Learn & Earn’ and their children the opportunity to learn English.
I went to India looking for a community group that I could work with in a Fair Trade enterprise and was
introduced to Tamanna by a mutual friend who felt the needs of her ladies were far greater than those I had
met to date; her little school, set up in May 2014 worked with the Dalit community and she had only 5
borrowed machines to teach 30 women – with 35 more on the waiting list.I came home determined to find her more!
The story of the 6 months between launching the appeal to coincide with our post Christmas clear outs
and returning to work with the ladies, being privileged enough to sit on the floor in their dusty room and share
their lives, their hopes and dreams, is attached with pictures,

Their stories and activities can be found on Facebook.

In the year I have been home, I have been working hard to create the first fashion and Interior collections
for ‘Stand’, my Fair Trade company. My hope is that as the ladies become more skilled and the fair trade
business develops, I can commission work from them to showcase on line…
Hamara Sahaas Mission Statement is “to empower the poorest women, so that they no longer have to be
dependent on others, to lead a healthy and respectable life.”It means “Our Courage” in Hindi. We are a “Society of
the women, by the women, & for the women.” We aspire to become a Foundation one day so that we

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

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We will  continue to support

4women Resource Centre ,

EACH – the “NOOK “campaign

Food Banks in Cromer and Norwich

Dates for your diary

United Nations Association   –  Lunch Box  talks  every 3rd Friday  12.30   The Friends Meeting House,Upper Goat Lane Norwich