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Soroptimist International - Poole

Soroptimist International of Poole is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

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. We identify and deliver projects that result in better education, health, emotional and financial development.  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 actions.  For example, we have our own human trafficking campaign – Purple Teardrop.  We provide bookmarks to help school-children learn about safe relationships, and we sponsor the education of a student in Kenya.

Our fund-raising activities are varied and they benefit causes close to the hearts of local people.  We have recently supported Bees Abroad in Nepal, helped local homeless people, and knitted hats and jumpers for disadvantaged babies.  We often make donations, raise funds or carry out projects to help our local Refuge (for victims of domestic violence) and BCHA.

Where and When do we get together?

In normal times, 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


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