Charities Supported by St Albans Soroptimists
Herts Rape Crisis – www.hertsrapecrisis.org.uk offers free and confidential counselling for females who are over 18 and survivors of rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse, to residents of Hertfordshire. Helpline Tel: 01707 276512, Registered Charity number 800325
St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge Annual local Club Charity since 2009 www.stalbansandhertsmerewomensrefuge.org.uk The Refuge provides emergency accommodation, advice and help for women experiencing emotional, physical or sexual domestic abuse. There is also an Outreach Service which involves the Support team being able to go out and meet women to offer help and advice. Registered charity number 1069612. If you search this website for “Refuge” you will see just some of the support the Club provides to the Refuge.
Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge – Annual local Club Charity since 2017 www.whwr.org.uk with the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge to recognise the geographical reach of the Club. Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge seeks to work towards an end to violence and abuse of women and children. The services it offers are: a telephone Helpline for women needing help because they’re living with domestic violence or abuse; safe, temporary accommodation for women fleeing domestic violence or abuse, with or without children; support for children who have lived with domestic violence or abuse; information, support and advice for women in the Welwyn Hatfield district living with domestic violence or abuse
Supporting Volunteer Students – St Albans Soroptimists welcome young women who are volunteering with VSO, ICS, Project Trust, Girl Guides etc – search for Volunteer on our website www.sigbi.org/st-albans/category/club-news/ we make a donation from the Club and give them the opportunity to speak to us and sell us cakes. We are always delighted when the volunteers come back and tell us about it their life-changing adventures. A quote from Elizabeth Sarney several years later “I often think about how much the St Albans Soroptimists helped me when I went to Kenya, and what a difference that trip made to who I am and what I’m doing today.”
Home-Start Herts www.home-startherts.org.uk Annual local Club Charity for 2018/19 alongside the Women’s Refuges. Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. The charities support parents, through the volunteers, as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children – helping families deal with problems before they become a crisis. The benefits include improved health and well being and better family relationships. Funding cuts mean they need as much support as possible, The Club has supported Home-Start’s vital work for many years. If anyone is interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer they would love to hear from you.
Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org the Club has been supporting Toilet Twinning since 2016. By donating £60 to twin a toilet, we help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. So far we have twinned toilets in Denise Powell’s home, Chiswell Green United Reformed Church, London Road Pre-School and two in the St Albans Museum and Gallery.
International Peace Initiatives Annual International Club Charity since 2012 www.ipeacei.org is a charity supporting women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Meru, Kenya. The Club is selling jewellery made by HIV+ve women in Kenya and fundraising in order to pay most of the school fees for four secondary school girls’ education.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care St Albans Annual Club Charity for 2008-9, 2003-4 and 2004-5 www.renniegrove.org Grove House Dav Hospice in St Albans supports and cares for patients, families and friends affected by cancer or a life-threatening illness in St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas. The Club continues to make regular donations – and in 2016 were given the certificate on the right – we have raised a massive total of £13,271,75 !
Donations in the Club year 2018/19
The Club made donations to the following charities/not for profit groups: Women’s Refuges (see above), Toilet Twinning (see above), Herts Women and Girls Cricket, Dementia Friends, Viewpoint, Open Door, Herts Home-Start (see above), Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline, Electric Umbrella, Lets Go to the Theatre, Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, Earthworks, Girl Guiding (see supporting Volunteer Students above), SIGBI Emergency Relief Fund, Soroptimist International President’s Appeal – Women Water and Leadership.