Three Soroptimist clubs in South Lancashire showcased their project work at a recent regional Programme Action meeting.
SI Ashton-under-Lyne members have a ring-pull project, in partnership with the Purple Community Fund. The charity offers people in the Philippines and the UK a pathway out of poverty through a social enterprise that turns the ring-pulls into jewellery and other saleable items.
Members calculate they have, so far, collected over 55,000 drinks-can ring-pulls. Local publicity, personal contacts and market stalls – all have been used to ‘spread the word’ and gather in more ring-pulls.
SI Bolton has taken part in a local project to provide packed lunches during the summer holidays for school children in families where finances are particularly vulnerable. Members worked on the rota to fulfil a total of 43,000 packed lunches over the summer.
This service initiative was one of several that the club has developed in partnership with Urban Outreach, a local charity that works with disadvantaged adults and children.
SI Widnes has been raising awareness of the dangers – particularly to women in many countries – of the lack of safe, clean water and sanitation facilities. Members have worked in partnership with the charity Toilet Twinning.
Through fundraising, liaison with the local council and publicity initiatives the club is on target to ‘twin’ 20 toilets in the town.
The presenters of all three projects offered many ‘learning points’ for other clubs’ future work, as well as giving clear information on their own experiences.
Awards: At the conclusion of the day’s meetings, Regional President Margaret was delighted to present two regional awards.
The Rosebowl (for this year’s President’s Challenge to ‘Reach Out’) went to SI St Helens. The Programme Action Award went jointly to SI Leigh & District and SI St Helens.