What do we do – locally?
Southend Soroptimists work hard at local projects. Each year our President nominates a local charity for us to support and this year, we’re supporting Manna’s Ark, a project to construct a sensory garden at a learning centre for Basic Life Skills with a therapeutic approach in Witham.
You may also have heard about our club’s anti-trafficking work, our Gift Box in Southend and our pre-loved bras collection in the Royals for International Women’s Day last year. We’ve also held IWD events ‘on the bridge’ in Southend and in Cambridge and have held campaigns in Basildon and Southend to raise issues about the violence women can encounter here and worldwide.
This year, our IWD event will be in the Royals again, and we shall be promoting the White Ribbon campaign, which promotes respect and encourages men as well as women to oppose all forms of violence against women. Our Programme Action Officer recently facilitated the link between Southend United and the White Ribbon campaign.
Every month, we supply our local refuges with Welcome Bags, so that any woman seeking refuge from domestic violence has a supply of essentials. These go to the refuges in Southend and Basildon. We also fill overnight bags for women who go into hospital, because some patients have no relatives to bring in toiletries.
Our members attend the local Safeguarding panel and we provide book marks that highlight positive relations for secondary school pupils. We lobby our MPs about issues important to Soroptimists – MPs know who we are and respond to our enquiries. We raise awareness of issues like education, funding cuts in our refuges, FGM and trafficking.
- Raise awareness of every woman’s right to live with equality and without fear
- Raise awareness of every woman’s right to be educated and respected.