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Victoria Dunford BEM – of MAD_Aid – how she #Chosetochallenge

Victoria Dunford BEM – of MAD_Aid – how she #Chosetochallenge

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Victoria Dunford channelled her anger about poverty and injustice in her homeland – Moldova, into action.   Overcoming many seemingly impossible challenges, she succeeded in changing the lives of  many children and adults with special needs.   We are fortunate that she has agreed to join our International Women’s Day Zoom meeting at 7pm on Monday 8 March. Please do join us to hear her story. For the Zoom link please e mail us  #IWD2021 #Choosetochallenge      

Join us for a Celebration of International Women’s Day!

Join us for a Celebration of International Women’s Day!

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To mark International Women’s Day we are inviting all ‘international’ women living or working in the Salisbury and surrounding areas to join us for an online chat. Bring a  coffee and a snack or maybe something to eat that reminds you of ‘home’ – wherever in the world ‘home’ is! You will be very welcome! Join us at 2pm on Sunday 7 March To register please e mail sarumsoropts@gmail.com for the Zoom link #IWD2021  

The project team on a Zoom call
Her Salisbury Story Update

Her Salisbury Story Update

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Despite the difficulties of meeting during lockdown, good progress continues to be made with this Heritage Lottery Funded project. More historical women’s profiles continue to be submitted and are presently being edited before being placed on the HSS website. The volunteers interviewing contemporary women have been in touch with some of the nominated women and interviews are beginning to take place. Training for those volunteer transcribers is currently being investigated too.   On 6 February, the project team hosted a virtual meeting with all 22+ volunteers to give them a broader understanding of the whole project and to seek ideas for taking forward the digital legacy created.  The project team are giving a similar presentation to the Soroptimist Southern England Regional Meeting on 13 March.  

We ‘Oranged’ the City!

We ‘Oranged’ the City!

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As part of the #Orangetheworld 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, on Sunday 6 December members of SI Salisbury raised awareness at our stall in the Market Square. Although the day was decided chilly, the weather was kind to us with lots of sun. We were delighted to meet and chat to lots of people of all ages and to discuss the important issue of domestic abuse in all its forms.     Although this wasn’t a fundraising activity, generous visitors to our stall donated a total of £50, which we are passing on to Salisbury Women’s Refuge who like us, say ‘thank you!’           This was our #Orangetheworld Christmas tree, which was displayed at the St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival.          

Making History – and International Friendships

Making History – and International Friendships

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Salisbury has recently established a Friendship Link with SI Chisinau in the SI European Union of Moldova. At the Club’s meeting by Zoom on 23 November the 14 Salisbury members who joined the call welcomed 6 Soroptimists from SI Chisinau. It was a great opportunity to meet each other long distance, to introduce ourselves and to have a chat about our respective Clubs and our projects. As always with these get togethers, we found we had much in common and we are already starting to discuss the possibility of a joint project between the two clubs. The Moldovan Soroptimists highlighted the huge need in their country amongst older women, almost a whole generation has been wiped away for various reasons and elderly women have suffered badly, even prior to the current pandemic. Things have only got worse. In the summer, SI Salisbury decided to accept

Great Result from our First on line Quiz!

Great Result from our First on line Quiz!

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On Friday 13 November, friends and family from across the country gathered together virtually for a night of quizzing.   With  over 100 people taking part, grouped into 24 teams, technology was used to enable most to join together between households.   As the quiz was organised by Salisbury Soroptimists,  it seemed appropriate that most of the questions were about women – powerful women, mothers and daughters, literary heroines, songs from musicals, and many more. Despite the challenges of technology and physical separation, a fun evening was had by all. Team members conferred from household to household by all manner of means – phone, text, WhatsApp and e mail – cyberspace was positively buzzing with quiz conversations! The winning team was “Juliet’s Jokers”, but the real winners were the charities that were supported by the event.   With over £800 raised, donations will be used to sponsor a

Launch of Her Salisbury Story Website

Launch of Her Salisbury Story Website

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Despite the difficulties of lockdown, members of the Her Salisbury Story project team have continued to develop the project via Zoom meetings. Work has progressed and the team are pleased to announce the launch of the Her Salisbury Story website on 3 September coupled with a call for volunteers to take the project forward to the next stage.   Listen to an interview with team members Louise, Barbara and Sue at My Salisbury: Podcast: mySalisbury – Soroptimists of Salisbury  

Celebrating Our First Birthday – Socially Distanced!

Celebrating Our First Birthday – Socially Distanced!

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Taking a few cautious steps out of lockdown, members of SI Salisbury and a number of guests got together – following all the social distancing rules – to mark our first anniversary as a Club. We had hoped for a picnic in the beautiful garden but the weather wasn’t cooperative so we spread out across the dining room of Hilary’s lovey home, a B&B.       It was so good to see each other again (face to face at last) and as well as a catch up chat with each other we chatted to several local women who are interested in what we do. President Teresa inducted Hilary as a member and we held a socially distanced change of insignia ceremony as Immediate Past President Lisa handed on the Club chain to Teresa, who handed on hers to President Elect Eleanor. Change of insignia

The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ Delivery has Arrived!

The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ Delivery has Arrived!

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The Salisbury ‘Smalls for All’ delivery by Club Treasurer Penny has arrived! She took a grand total of 1251 donated ‘preloved’ bras to the sorting room of Smalls for All in Scotland. Penny set off with her trusty camper van loaded high with the generous contributions from the women of Salisbury and surrounding areas. Despite lockdown, our call for donations of bras was heard and responded to by generous women across the area, allowing us to surpass our last year’s total of 1120 by a healthy margin. Donations were left on doorsteps, in gardens, pushed through letterboxes and even handed through open windows!  All obeying social distancing rules and adding up to a great contribution for women in the poorest parts of Africa, where wearing a bra gives a woman dignity and self respect.   We held a socially distanced sorting evening in July when