So, what did we get up to during 2020 with all the restrictions? Well – quite a lot considering. We sent letters to Government Ministers and local MPs regarding the amendment to the proposed Domestic Violence Abuse Bill re the new offence of non-fatal strangulation. Members supported the local hospice – St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall. One member undertook clerical work from home (mailshot for the lottery/transferring entries from their Remembrance Book on to an on-line format) and helps regularly at the cafe with the takeaway system. Two Club members took part in the virtual Moonlight & Memories walk raising circa £500.00 We continue to support Partners in Education Swaziland (PIES). Two members are trustees and five sponsor a child’s education. We have two Domestic Violence Refuges in the area. We provided them with ‘Welcome’ packs of toiletries/underwear, pyjamas and chocolate selection boxes. One
So what have we been doing during lockdown? Well, we’ve have a business meeting via teleconference facility and it wasn’t the total chaos that it could have been. Mainly due to the strict management of our new secretary, Barbara. The exec has held a Zoom executive meeting too. Members have kept in touch with each other with phone calls and emails.
It’s Volunteers’ Week Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group freely gives time “to benefit another person, group or organization”. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life Or so Wikipedia says!
Our ‘Soroptimisses’ – students of the Penwortham Girls High School school club – continue to work hard and enjoy their project work. One of their latest tasks was to support the Wrap Up Lancashire project
Smalls for All is a charity that collects ‘gently used’ underwear and sends it to girls and women and children in Africa and the UK. It is an easy project for anyone to do which can make a massive impact on lives. Members of our club decided to collect those forgotten bras that are lying in the drawer. Those that we forgot we had. Those that seemed like a bargain when we bought them but will probably never fit anyway. Everyone is a winner!
Our school club at Penwortham Girls’ High School held an ”End of Year’ Ceremony to celebrate the work they have done over the past year and to decide on next year’s President and two Vice Presidents. Some of our members accepted the invitation from the girls to come and help them celebrate and commemorate their achievements. The girls took turns to speak to the group speaking of how much they are enjoying being part of the group and telling us of their plans for next year. They have sponsored two girls in Swaziland through a year of education with the charity PIES. This is no mean feat as each sponsorship is £320 but, without their help, the girls in Swazi would not be able to go to school. Our ‘Misses’ are passionate about continuing this accomplishment. Five girls were welcomed as new members and received
Our drop in cafe at Kingsfold Library, Penwortham is proving to be a great success. We are now into month three and have several regulars popping in every week to sample our (mainly!) home made (calorie free?) cakes and have a brew. We have met loads of interesting people and discussed topics ranging from dogs to dyslexia. We are planning to hold some themed events and look forward to meeting many more people and hopefully, bringing a smile to a few faces. Drop in on a Tuesday and say ‘Hello’.
We have had some great speakers so far this year: Dave from Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors spoke about how he and his fellow pastors roam the streets of Preston every Saturday night from 10.30 till 3.00am when normal people are fast asleep. The pastors help and support night club and pub go-ers who are, as he so sweetly put it, ‘in a bit of a muddle’. This could be finding a taxi for them or their friends or give out flip flops to girls who have taken off their shoes (and who hasn’t ever done this? – even some Soroptimists in their dim and distant youth) and are in danger of cutting feet or worse. They support the homeless and the street workers. A couple of our members made up some ‘girly packs’ with shampoo, soap, sanitary protection etc and these have been
We held our first Drop In Cafe event this week. Held at Kingsfold Library in Penwortham, Members Lynn and Karen were the hostesses! Armed with crockery and cakes (Lynn’s home Victoria Sandwich was very popular), tablecloths and teabags, we didn’t have to wait long for our first guests. Three ladies who had come into the library together to play dominoes, were very surprised to see refreshments available. They were followed – albeit slowly – by several more ladies, a young toddler in a pram and a gentleman who had come in to do some work. The consensus was one of approval and there were promises to be back next week and to spread the word about Soroptimist International of Preston being at the library. We hope that eventually, people will come regularly, build relationships and make friends. We hope that if there are people that
We are very excited about our new project – a Drop In Cafe and is open to anyone who feels isolated or needs a bit of company. It’s at Kingsfold Library in Penwortham every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30 till 4.00. We aren’t sure what to expect but know it’ll be fun.