Joint project with SI Chisinau, Moldova – following on from our initial meeting with their club members, as part of our friendship link we agreed that the project focus will be the needs of the elderly. Jane proposed the potential of collecting items such as sticks and zimmer frames which are being discarded in the UK and shipping to Moldova.
International Women’s Day (8 March) – a provisional booking has been made for a market stall on Saturday 6 March. This could be used for displaying information or for selling items made in Moldova. May not be possible if non-essential market stalls still not allowed. We discussed the possibility of getting a high profile speaker for a Zoom meeting instead – this could be advertised more widely.
Lobbying – trying to become more effective and pro-active at lobbying as a club. Introductory training session on 20 January by UK Parliament may help.
Letter writing – we felt that writing letters generally, was something that was easy for members to do from home. SI Surrey Hills talked about their project writing letters to cancer sufferers via the “From me to you” charity – www.frommetoyouletters.co.uk . This is not a pen pal scheme and the charity finds recipients for the letters. Bernie had asked if there was a way we could support women in prison. After the meeting, Teresa found the details of a charity which works in this area – www.cleanbreak.org.uk/news.write-2-connect
Twiddlemuffs/masks – whilst we are no longer making any projects, if any members are interested in knitting or crocheting twiddlemuffs or sewing masks, please let Eleanor know. We will be able to either donate them to good homes, or sell them to raise funds.