Current Projects 2017/2018
Our project work is undertaken within the Programme Action framework and will sometimes involve the whole club and in other instances will be undertaken by a smaller group of members or indiviuals.
Projects cover support for local and international organisations and charities through service, fundraising and lobbying in order to fulfil the Soroptimist’s vision – a commitment to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.
Below is some information regarding our current projects. Examples of work undertaken in previous years can be found under a subsection.
- Two Saints Southampton
- STEM project
- Solar Lamps
- Contact the Elderly
- MAMELODI HOUSE#1
- Tools for Self Reliance
The Two Saints project in Southampton (www.twosaints.org.uk/) is the President’s chosen charity for 2017/2018. This is a local charity which supports homeless people. The charity offers good quality accommodation with support and resettlement services. They help clients to develop skills to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and exclusion.
We are giving particular support to the growing numbers of women at Patrick House, which is the Two Saints hostel in Millbrook. The club is helping by providing items for resettlement packs for the homeless women as they move on to independent living.
Card for distribution to highlight items urgently needed for resettlement packs.
See Events section for activities to date.
The club has actively been supporting girls participation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning initiative. In conjunction with Richard Taunton College, some members planned and organised a very successful STEM day for the girls.
See the Events section for more detail.
In poor parts of Africa, children have to do their homework by the light of home made kerosene lamps which are dirty and dangerous. We shall be supporting SolarAid to give families the opportunity to purchase clean and affordable solar lamps which are so much more effective.
This project involves fundraising in order to purchase the solar lamps through Solar Aid. Each lamp gives 5 hours of light and lasts for 5 years. The light is bright, safe and free of fumes. For each £10 we can provide 3 solar lamps for families in Malawi.
This on-going local service project supported by all members of the club.
Contact the Elderly is a national charity, founded in 1965, made up of numerous small groups around the UK. One Sunday a month volunteers use their cars to take elderly guests on regular visits to hosts’ homes for a traditional afternoon tea. Many of the guests are no longer able to use public transport and would otherwise have limited opportunity for social outings.
In 1974 a member of our Club launched a group in Southampton. Now there are five groups, giving friendship and fun to around 45 elderly guests. Members of the Club are amongst the teams of volunteers currently serving as Area Organiser, Group Leaders, Drivers, Helpers and Hosts. Every year the whole Club is involved – organising a Christmas Tea Party for all the guests from the five groups together with their drivers and helpers.
- SI Southampton is involved through fundraising. We have been collecting 5p coins at our meetings for a while and now almost filled a water bottle! Looking forward to counting the coins!
Dorcas Project ( part of SCRATCH) provides basic furniture and household items to individuals and families who are suffering poverty and disadvantaged who live in Southampton, Eastleigh, Romsey and Winchester.
This is not a direct access project as everyone who is helped is referred by a recognised agency to ensure that there is a genuine need. When residents from the ‘Refuge’ are housed they are equipped by Dorcas.
The Basics bank continues to be supported by members and sometimes by their friends, with gifts of food and the Dorcas Project SCRATCH receives donations of household goods such as kitchen items and bedding.
TOOLS for SELF RELIANCE
– This is on-going local service project
Tools for Self-Reliance is a charity which supplies kits of refurbished tools of all descriptions to partner NGO’s in six African countries. Money which is sent with the kits is used for training the recipients, not simply in how to use the tools, but also basic book-keeping, business management, and general health education including HIV/Aids; also basic literacy & numeracy if needed.
Donated tools are refurbished by volunteers in over fifty groups around the country & are sent to headquarters at Netley Marsh, near Southampton for dispatch.
One Club member works there one day a week refurbishing Singer hand-sewing machines, & also collects donations of tools from our Club members & other Clubs in the Region.
The benefits of this are Empowerment & Education (in Africa), Environmental (less to land-fill) & Fellowship among the (retired) volunteers.
Please see the web-site – www.tfsr.org
In collaboration with Rotary some members provide gift shoe boxes at Christmas time.
One member gives Practical service to Frontline Debt and Benefit Counselling Support at Mountbatten Hospice and Carers Together.