What do we do? We are an international women’s charity working to improve the lives of women & girls. Have you ever wondered what we do to achieve that aim and how we do it? 2021 will be our centenary year so Soroptimists have been a well kept secret for almost 100 years. To find out what we do and how we operate, click on the link below to read a brilliant blog by Rachel Weinhold from SI Rossendale. https://sigbi.org/2020/what-do-soroptimists-do-our-positioning-statement/
Zoom Meeting First ever regional meeting on Zoom. About 48 of us from around the region joined in. There was a number of members who had never been to a regional meeting before so it was great to have them participate. Very good presentations on the SIGBI Benevolent Fund and also the Suffolk Women’s Voices Quilt. The quilt is a project from 2018 to mark the centenary celebrations of women’s suffrage. Further information on the meeting will be available on the London Anglia Region website https://sigbi.org/london-anglia/
Waitrose Crisis Fund President Jackie was contacted by Waitrose in Southend:their staff having heard about our refuge donations. Jackie explained all about our work with the refuge and they then offered to buy us some items using their crisis fund. We are absolutely delighted to have been gifted £400 of toiletries/towels for us to use. A huge thank you to Waitrose.
SS Fitness Sharon Stevenson and her members at SS Fitness are great supporters of the club and very kindly donated all these items. Scarborough Drive & The Elms Pharmacy We are also grateful to the residents of Scarborough Drive & to the Elms Pharmacy for this bundle of toiletries. All these items will be sorted by President Jill and packed into bags for the refuge deliveries. Local Churches Having heard about our refuge bags we were delighted to receive a huge amount of donations (this is just a third of it) from St Andrews Church in Shoebury, St Margaret’s in Leigh and St Michael’s & All Angels in Westcliff. The residents of Scarborough Drive also contributed again. Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us so far.
Toiletry Items This photo shows the toiletry items we pack into bags for the Southend and Basildon women’s refuges. Southend Soroptimists have been supporting the refuges with these bags for many years. The incidence of domestic abuse has rocketed during the Covid19 lockdown so these donations are more important than ever. If you have any donations or you’d like further information then please contact us via Facebook messenger or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very busy meeting tonight, Pat & Beryl talked about when they joined Soroptimists many years ago! Heather visited the Meru project whilst out working in Kenya and told us all about her trip. Sharon updated us all on our programme action work and President Jackie welcomed new member Tracey to our club!
Good fun meeting this month. Our speaker was Lin Boulter, CEO of Age Concern Southend. They will be our charity this year. She gave a brilliant talk explaining all the work they do and all the projects they undertake. They have just opened The Haven Older People’s Community Hub in Hamlet Court Road. Lots of volunteering & fundraising opportunities! It is hoped that we can have a joint intergenerational project with last year’s charity Southend YMCA and Age Concern Southend.
Lively AGM where President Sharon was delighted to present a cheque to Syrie Cox, CEO Southend YMCA, for £3200 which is a record breaking sum for our President’s charity. The money will be used to refurbish a residential room at Southend YMCA and will have Southend Soroptimists name plaque on the door! President Sharon’s last duty was to hand over the chain of office to Jackie & Jill – ‘The Two J’s’ who will be sharing the presidency this year. They have a really busy & interesting year coming up raising funds for Age Concern Southend so watch this space for further information.
Great meeting last night with Jacqui Kershaw. Jacqui set up the charity Sweet Ways to Stop Abuse – a Not for Profit Organisation which supports, counsels & educates young people whose lives are being or have been affected by toxic and abusive relationships both in the real and the virtual world. Jacqui told us about all her differing roles and work in the field of domestic abuse and shared her amazing life story.
We were at The Royals on Saturday collecting donations for the One Love Soup Kitchen. We were visited by the Mayor & Mayoress, Cllr Derek & Mrs Val Jarvis and Sir David Amess MP. We collected 4 crates of food items for the night packs that the One Love give out. Jackie & Janet delivered the crates on Monday evening.