Adapted from the Women in Prison Website: Women in Prison hosted a Mass Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June, 2019 to mark one year since the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s women’s strategy (entitled the “Female Offender Strategy”). We called on supporters of the campaign to reduce the women’s prison population to join together at Westminster and meet with their MP. The main message for MPs is that in order for the Strategy to be delivered we need greater investment, growth and support for the specialist network of community-based Women’s Centres – ‘one-stop-shops’ that enable women to address the root causes of offending in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. We will also be asking for the £80m that our HM Treasury has received from the sale of HMP Holloway (the only women’s prison in London) to be used to deliver the Strategy and ensure
On February 14th, a few members attended an event for Sexual Health Awareness Day at Scarborough Sixth Form College. The club had a table with a variety of information, including the SI Yorkshire ‘Loves Me, Loves Me Not’ bookmarks for adults and the ‘Friends’ bookmark for younger children.
The club enjoys a post Christmas de-clutter meeting. For the January club meeting, we ask for bras, toiletries, jewellery, sleepwear. glasses, unused medical supplies, stamps. These are sorted and sent to various charities. The bras go to a Breast Cancer Charity (againstbreastcancer.org.uk) and Smalls for All (smallsforall.org). The glasses and unused medical supplies to Jacob’s Well (jacobswellappeal.org). The stamps are for the Leprosy Mission. (leprosymission.org.uk) and the toiletries and sleepwear go to EVA Women’s Aid (evawomensaid.org.uk). The jewellery went to The Alzheimer’s Society. (alzheimers.org.uk). We had fun sorting the donations. This year we decided to use some of the items for a humorous photo. SIGBI awarded it Photo of the Month.
SI Scarborough visit the opening of EVA Women’s Aid’s fourth Safe House – June 2019 EVA Women’s Aid is an award-winning Charity providing specialist support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Based in Redcar, EVA offers range of first-class services including accommodation in four Safe House properties for women fleeing abuse. As a well- established independent Charity with 32 years experience, EVA Women’s Aid relies entirely on grant funding, donations and our own fundraising efforts. CEO Richinda Taylor said; ‘We are very grateful that SI Scarborough supports us, not only with financial donations but by collecting toiletries and other items that we are able to give to the women we support’ Richinda Taylor, Rita Leaman, Janet Green and Angela Edwards at EVA Women’s Aid new Safe House for victims of domestic abuse who also have mental health issues When a woman needs a
SI Scarborough Afternoon Tea September 2018 SI Scarborough hosted a successful Fund Raising Tea at The Red Lea Hotel, Scarborough. Louise the Florist demonstrated three beautiful and different arrangements which were raffled. Yorkshire President, Christ Clark and President Elect, Pat Kilbane attended. Over £400 was raised for SI Scarborough Charities.
Soroptimist’s project work is named Programme Action (PA). Through their PA, SI Scarborough have recently supported: EVA Women’s Aid evawomensaid.org.uk Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach sjt.uk.com Smiles for Tanzania www.smilestotanzania.org SIGBI Meru Garden Project sigbi.org/our-charities/meru-womens-gardenproject-2016-2019 Scarborough Street Angels www.metyoulastnight.co.uk Jacob’s Well Appeal – Ghana jacobswellappeal.org/helen-in-ghana/ Scarborough Amicable Society beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0®id=529681 Montrosa Independent Living montrosa.co.uk