Painting a Brighter Future for Local Refuge Residents


Local women setting up a new Soroptimist Cub in Salisbury got stuck in to their first project this week. Following in the footsteps of the previous Club in Salisbury, they have decided to provide support and assistance for the Salisbury Women’s Refuge. Answering a call for help from staff for some aid with painting and redecorating, they gave up their time and effort to make a difference.

‘Our aim is to give something back to the local community’, said Holly Hemsley, who initiated the volunteering ‘so this service project is in keeping with the organisation’s aim of transforming the lives of women and girls. It is great to be able to help in a really practical way to brighten the lives of women going through difficult and challenging times.’

The original Salisbury Soroptimist Club which closed about nine years ago, had been a driving force in helping to secure accommodation for the local Refuge and in supporting its residents and staff. The charity, which provides accommodation and support for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and often violent environments, was a natural choice for the members of the new Club to support.

The group received thanks in the form of a lovely card and chocolates to be enjoyed at their next meeting! We enjoyed making the hallway brighter!

Holly and Bridie hard at work

Holly and Bridie hard at work

The working party stop for a break with Sue Cox, Refuge Manager (left to right: Liz Batten, Bridie Hemsley, Hilary Corless, Holly Hemsley and Sue Cox)

The working party stop for a break with Sue Cox, Refuge Manager (left to right: Liz Batten, Bridie Hemsley, Hilary Corless, Holly Hemsley and Sue Cox)

Thanks with chocolates!

Thanks with chocolates!