About Poole Soroptimists


Special congratulations to Dorchester Councillor Mollie Rennie, who is receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for services to victims of domestic violence and abuse in Dorset.  Cllr Rennie has been a stalwart in the field of domestic abuse and a generous supporter of the Purple Teardrop Campaign and its work related to the abuse of women and children trafficked into sexual exploitation. The Purple Teardrop Campaign was started by members of SI Poole in 2008, and it is now a separate charitable trust.

Further details of Cllr Rennie and her award are here: https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17324549.dorchester-councillor-among-new-years-honours-recipients/



Four of our members attended the very successful conference of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, which was held in Liverpool.  There were very good speakers, presentations about many of the important issues that Soroptimists are concerned about, good food, drink, and friendship with like-minded ladies from many countries.


Our next Club meeting is at 7.30 pm on Monday, 14 January 2019

We will be discussing and planning the future of our Club.

If you would like to come, please let us know so we can send you further details.  It’s a great venue with good food, views of the Harbour, and lots of parking spaces.

 Who are Poole Soroptimists?

Soroptimist International Poole is a friendly, active club.  It’s the local branch of the world-wide women’s voluntary organisation: Soroptimist International.

Soroptimists are women who help other women improve their lives by identifying and delivering projects that result in better education, health, emotional and financial development and stability. Working together for the betterment of other women and girls, Soroptimist International has recently been called an ‘unstoppable force for good’ with Education, Enabling and Empowerment of Women at its heart.

What do Poole Soroptimists do?

Poole Soroptimists do thought-provoking and challenging action, ranging from human trafficking campaigns, knitting hats for Nepalese babies, providing Loves Me / Loves Me Not bookmarks on safe relationships in our local community and sponsoring the education of a student in Kenya. Our fund-raising activities are varied and benefit local causes close to the hearts of local people – this year we are supporting Bees Abroad in Nepal, and AOK Rucksack Appeal which helps local homeless people..

Where and When do we get together?

We meet on the second Monday of most months in the VIP Suite at the lovely Salterns Harbourside Hotel overlooking Poole Harbour, and enjoy catching up over a bite to eat in the hotel’s Bistro before our meeting. We vary the format of the meetings – at some, we have a speaker to bring us up to speed on issues we’re working on or planning, whilst on other evenings we have a round table discussion. We’re always delighted to be joined by guests – you’ll find a warm welcome, with lively and informed debate. Guests often say they are pleasantly surprised and interested by our projects, and amazed at how much we achieve.

In addition to the work, we organise a number of social get-togethers throughout the year and have a very popular book club – all activities designed to bring us together within our club and with the other voluntary organisations in and around Poole.

Interested in joining Soroptimist International?

This website has lots of information about our projects, fund-raisers and events. We hope you’re inspired to find out more, come along to an event or to join – just drop an email to enquiries@sipoole.org.uk