Our Activities this Year – 2017/2018
We are a busy club with most activities focused on our projects (see this section) but we also find time to socialise!
- Red Box Project
- Easter chocolates for TwoSaints
- February delivery for TwoSaints
- Christmas support for TwoSaints
- Contact Tea
- SIGBI Federation Conference
- Christmas Shoebox scheme
- Bring and Buy Sales for TwoSaints
- Resettlement Packs for TwoSaints
- MacMillan Coffee morning
- Solar Lamps Charity Lunch
- STEM project – Women in Science Event
- Two Saints Fundraising
Club Meetings, Social and Community Events
- Pudding bonanza!
- White Ribbon
- Annual Lunch
- A Ladies Day Thank You!
- A Memory Walk
- “Naughties” Birthday Tea
- A new Soroptimister!
Red Box Project
Towards the end of last year, one of our members read that some girls in cities
in the UK were missing days at school because their families could not afford
adequate sanitary protection for them. We later discovered that this is the case
in a number of Southampton schools, at both primary and secondary level.
The Red Box Project, which consists of a group of local women, have recently
provided every secondary school with a red box containing sanitary products,
pants and tights. Posters with information are placed on the inside of the girls’ loo doors
At Christmas, Southampton club members always make a money collection
instead of buying and sending Christmas cards to each other. Last Christmas, we
raised £190 and decided to spend it on The Red Box Project. After contacting the
women via facebook messenger to ask them what they would like us to buy we
went shopping for pants and tights. We bought 196 pairs of pants and 60 pairs
of black tights in sizes small to extra-large. These have been delivered to a local
dropping off point and will be used to ‘top up’ red boxes in schools.
Some lovely chocolates in mugs were presented to the women at TwoSaints at a visit just before Easter. They were much appreciated!
Two Saints day centre put out an emergency request for socks and underwear. Southampton Soroptimists acted quickly to deliver these supplies.
Christmas Support for TwoSaints – a visit to Patrick House
Southampton Soroptimists are pleased to have been supporting women at Two Saints
since May 2017. Just before Christmas, members took 13 Christmas bags containing
gloves, socks, scarf, shower gel and other winter essentials, and 40 bags of bed linen
for women clients at Two Saints to use. We also took our first resettlement box containing essentials for moving on to more independent living. Many of these items have been donated by members and their friends, a few items have been bought brand new. The box will be given to a woman when she is ready to move on.
We have more of these to deliver as and when they are required.
We look forward to supporting women at Patrick House in future months.
Thanks to all members who have made donations and supported the
fundraising events which helped us to buy the kettles, toasters
and bath towels.
This traditional Christmas Tea, part of the charity “Contact Tea” for the elderly , was once again enjoyed by a large number of elderly guests, volunteers and drivers. Seasonal entertainment was provided by the choir “The New Music Makers”.
The event is much appreciated by the guests and a big “Thank You” to all who helped to make the afternoon a success!
The annual Soroptimist Conference, held this year on 26- 28 October in Cardiff, had the theme: Step Up, Lead The Way.
We heard three excellent keynote speakers; Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the white ribbon campaign, and an expert on promoting gender equality, Mandy Hickson, who was an RAF Tornado pilot and now an inspirational speaker and Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. We heard thought provoking presentations from Soroptimist clubs about their projects and membership drive initiatives.
|President Amanda and Tref at the conference|
In October we managed to fill 13 shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe. This is an initiative by the Rotary District 1110 which we have supported for many years.
Thank you to all who gave contributions. Please collect shoe boxes during the year ready for next year’s effort!
During a visit in October to TwoSaints we were able to show what a resettlement pack would look like for a homeless woman moving into independent living.
Items in the basket had been collected or donated by members.
Saturday 23rd September at 10.30 – 12.00 at Tref’s
Ticket £3.00 – Raffle, Bring & Buy
|A very successful and enjoyable event. Amazing spread of cakes to choose from!
We managed to raise £171 in just a few hours for MacMillan.
Members and friends gathered for a delicious fundraising lunch on Saturday 29th July. We raised over £200 for Solar Lamps for Malawi. One member demonstrated the simplicity and power of solar energy. Shame we had no sunshine of our own on the day and had to decamp to eat indoors!
Thanks to all who came and to those who provided a tasty two course lunch.
Our Club partnered with Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton to organise a session to encourage girls of secondary school age to continue with studies in STEM subjects – Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths – to widen their options not only for future studies but employment opportunities.
The girls started the morning by completing a quiz designed to help them identify their personal attributes, and they then had the opportunity to read about the types of employment that suit these attributes. During a break the girls answered questions on a series of posters about women scientists.
Then, in what proved to be the most popular part of the morning, the girls were able, in groups, to question eight STEM “ambassadors” – young women who had studied STEM subjects, and who are now in a variety of jobs or postgraduate education.
On feedback forms, some of the girls’ comments were “amazing and insightful, and “we met people with cool jobs”. An accompanying teacher said “I loved it!”
Our aim now is to organise such an event annually with the Sixth Form College.
SALES and TEA for the PRESIDENT’S CHARITY
– TWO SAINTS SOUTHAMPTON
See Our Projects section for more information on this charity.
A very successful sale of donated high quality clothes, shoes and bags.
In all £224 was raised from the sale.
Another day of sales! In addition to some remaining clothes, jewellery made by a club member also proved very popular as was the provided tea with cakes!
This afternoon raised a further £592 for the Two Saints charity.
In all £816 has now been raised for the purchase of items needed for the resettlement packs.
Images from a recent handover of items collected for the women at the hostel
Club Meetings, Social and Community Events
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Soroptimists and many others met in Southampton Guildhall Square on Monday 4th December to support the White Ribbon campaign. This is an international organisation which works for men against violence against women. We wore white ribbons and painted black umbrellas with white letters to support the campaign.
Sunday 1st October at 12.30 – Southampton Yacht Club
Nearly forty members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon with good food and a very interesting talk on Southampton “A city bound up in its history”.
A Ladies Day Thank You!
Thursday 21 September, Southampton Boat Show
Our President and president Elect, Amanda and Lena, responded to an invitation to attend the official ‘YachtMarket.Com Southampton Boat Show Ladies Day at Grand Café’ in support of Southampton Children’s Hospital. A stimulating event in pleasant company and providing an opportunity for flying the flag for soroptimists!
A Memory Walk
A Sunday in September, supporting Alzheimer resarch
Members Tref and Lena with a sister and a friend walked 6.2 km and raised over £500 for Alzheimer research at the recent Memory Walk event in Southampton- all very impressive! Well done!
“Naughties” Birthday Tea
Seventeen Soroptimists and a very young Soroptimister celebrated four significant birthdays with a delicious tea at Chilworth Manor.
One of our members with her 9 week old baby. He’ll be welcome at club meetings and socials! Photo taken in July 2017.