Soroptimist International Penrith & District
This has been an uncertain year regarding the future of our Club but thankfully, the decision was made to continue, due to the willingness and efforts of members and others outside the Club, for which we are extremely grateful. At the end of the current year, we were sorry that some members decided to resign, transfer to another Club or transfer to Associate Membership but we hope these friendships can be maintained.
Despite the uncertainty, all members have continued to be involved in, or have contributed to, our Programme Action work and Club activities as follows:-
Eden District Talking Newspaper on a six week rota. Also the Club’s main Charity this year, donated £1,500.
Calvert Trust bed making in the summer and donated £300.
Eden Carers supported their service to clients by completing Telephone Questionnaires.
Violence Against Women still have an involvement with the Eden Forum against Domestic Violence. Have met with representatives of Cumbria Police re an awareness raising initiative for Modern Day Slavery, in partnership with SI Cockermouth and SI Carlisle. A joint meeting has been arranged for the 10 May. Also liaised with Cumbria Police re the White Ribbon Campaign and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Attended a Church Service organised by Penrith Mothers’ Union, wore Orange badges.
Skelton Rainbows and Brownies we supported these young girls at various events to raise money to fund a Family Dog Workshop run by the charity Dogs for Good. The training consisted of three one day sessions for parents of children with autism and was the first to be held in Cumbria. A second workshop is planned for October this year in Carlisle.
Sunbeams Music Trust Christmas Dinner and talk from Founder and Chief Executive Annie Mawson. Donated £200 and as a spin-off of our visit additional money was raised for the charity from a concert by Eden Singers.
Additional donations were given to Cancer Research £40, Variety, the Children’s Charity £25, Cancer Packs £100 and Salvation Army, Penrith, £93.
Women of Cumbria worked with Penrith Museum on their banner for the Celebration of Women of Cumbria project to mark 100 years after women were first given the right to vote.
Cyber Proficiency Training attended a session on cyber safety and awareness organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
International Day of Peace held our own Peace Service with the kind permission of the members of the United Reformed Church.
World Aids Day marked the day with a Coffee Morning, supporting a local man who works and raises funds for the Mildmay UK Mission Hospital in London.
Speakers Jane Williamson, Days For Girls UK, Celia Underwood, Magistrates in the Community, Michael Roberts, Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s Auctioneers and Joan Robinson, Penrith Community Gardeners, total fees £130, generally donated to charity.
Soroptimist Charities supported Meru Women’s Garden Project £50 (to be match funded) £400 in total over the 3 years of the project. International President’s Appeal, Women Water and Leadership, £86.
Fundraising activities to fund the above, a Strawberry Tea, Fashion Show and Quiz Night.
Other activities have included a stall at Penrith Lion’s May Day and assisted with parking at Penrith Rotary’s Trail Run.
Regional Charity support members attended the Regional President’s Afternoon Tea at Hexham Abbey raising money for the Blood Bikes and we have supported SI Cockermouth’s Charity for the year the Brain Tumour Charity.
Also supported the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Charity on the Cumbria section of their 7000 mile walk around the coast of the UK.
Regional Meetings attended throughout the year.
Friendship Link Club SI Dhaka raised funds to support their Literacy Project and other charitable work at a supper at a member’s home. Total given this year £430.
Well done everyone and thank you.
Programme Action Officer
29 April 2019