Tag: charity

*Soroptimist Charity Quiz Night Sat 23 March 2019

Come and have some fun, give your brain some light exercise and raise funds for great causes at this ever popular event. Last year was a complete sellout so don’t miss out! Homewood Road Church Hall, St Albans AL1 4BH (Junction Homewood … Continued


Novel Bookstall Raises Funds for Refuges on Literacy Day

The Club marks International Literacy Day every year selling 2nd hand books on St Albans market. On Sat 8 Sep this year the event raised more than £230 providing much needed funds for the St Albans & Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and the  Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge … Continued



Soroptimists Successful Partnership with Harpenden Lions for the Highland Gathering Raffle

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets. This is a partnership arrangement where Soroptimists share the workload with Harpenden Lions to great effect. Pictured here are Soroptimists … Continued


Inspiring Club Open Evening – Home and Away

Members of Soroptimist International St Albans & District held an Open Evening to explain more about the work that  Soroptimists do to make a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. We had Soroptimist speakers, … Continued


The Hidden Impact of Violence against Women

Soroptimist St Albans’ Violence against Women Team organised an informative speaker meeting on 25 Sep which focused on: The Hidden Impact of Violence against Women The event was well attended, interactive and very well received. Pictured here are (l to r) … Continued


Dragons Apprentice Challenge Evening

Soroptimist International St Albans and District women’s group was delighted to welcome Emma Gamble from CVS (Centre for Voluntary Service) St Albans on Monday 10 July. Emma is pictured here in the centre with Jennie Redford (l) and Jane Slatter … Continued


Soroptimists Partner Harpenden Lions for the Highland Gathering

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets. This is a partnership arrangement where Soroptimists share the workload with Harpenden Lions to great effect. Charities benefiting from the … Continued


Club Twins Three Toilets

The Club has now twinned 3 toilets for Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org following successful fundraising and donations starting last November on World Toilet Day www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/toiletday/  We started by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 and then Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups to “spend … Continued


Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge Finale – Fundraising for Rennie Grove Hospice

Soroptimist Dragons Jennie Redford and Jane Slatter were delighted to attend the 2017 Dragons Apprentice Awards Evening at the University of Hertfordshire. Fellow Soroptimist Jean Eaton, also attended as an Ambassador for Rennie Grove Hospice.Team Elite from St Albans Girls’ School (STAGS) … Continued


Soroptimists Provide Interview Practice at St Albans Girls School

Five Soroptimists volunteered this year to take part in St Albans Girls School (STAGS) “Big Interview day” for year 11 (GCSE year) students. Pictured here l to r are Pamela Rochford, Jennie Redford, Denise Powell, Amanda Brown and Barbara Saunders. … Continued


Coffee for the Refuge at the Wesley Coffee Shop‏

Soroptimist Baristas at Wesley’s Church Coffee Shop High Street Harpenden Pictured here are St Albans Soroptimist  baristas Joan WIlliams, Allyson Walker, Jean Eaton, Denise Powell and Janet Audley-Charles. Coffee mornings at the Wesley Coffee Shop are a great way for … Continued


Carol Singing Success at Harpenden Station for Womens Refuge

Soroptimist Carol Singing at Harpenden station – fundraised more than £500 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge – and marked Human Rights Day. This year the group had to switch to Harpenden Station instead of St Albans at late notice … Continued


Dragons Apprentice Challenge Update

The Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge Team Elite from St Albans Girls’ School STAGS (the team the Club is Dragon to), have got their fundraising off to a great start for Rennie Grove Hospice  raising nearly £250 already. They held a fashion show, and also sold amusingly packaged … Continued


Making a Splash at the Malta Conference

Three Members of SI St Albans and District were excited to be able to attend Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland’s Conference in Malta this year – Denise Powell, Hilary Ratcliffe and Jane “Pinky” Slatter. The Conference was truly inspirational … Continued


SuStAinable St Albans Evening – FoodCycle and Spice Drops

The St Albans Soroptimist Club had an inspirational evening as part of SuStAinable St Albans 2016. Group Members plus many guests explored sustainability with informative talks from FoodCycle and Spice Drops – this event was part of Sustainable St Albans Week 19-26 … Continued


World Toilet Day, 90th Birthday and Refuge Gifts – busy Club meeting!

It was a busy Club Meeting on Nov 7th – the Club Marked “World Toilet Day” by having a bottle sale which raised £67.55 for “Toilet Twinning” www.toilettwinning.org – in addition Members took away disposable recycled coffee cups and  will “spend … Continued


St Albans Soroptimists are in Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017

The Dragons Apprentice Challenge is run by CVS St Albans (Centre for Voluntary Service) . Over 80 ambitious students have taken up the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge this year across St Albans and Harpenden; 11 different teams will compete over the … Continued


Soroptimist helps StAR and HWSF sort donated goods for refugees

Soroptimist Pamela Rochford (pictured 3rd from right at the back) spent a busy morning at the garage sorting out items with Herts Welcomes Syrian Families and StAR to take to refugee camps. The Club recently held a meeting to find … Continued


£2075 Raised for the Womens Refuge!

Liz Perry, Manager of the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge was delighted to receive a cheque for £2075 raised by the St Albans & District Soroptimists in the Club Year 2015/16. Liz is pictured here (centre) receiving the cheque … Continued


Soroptimists Support Harpenden Highland Gathering

St Albans and District Soroptimists supported the Harpenden Lions at the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering selling the Prize Draw Charity Raffle tickets which raised a super £670 in spite of a wet start to the day – sales really picked up … Continued


Revealing Refugee Update for Soroptimist Club and Guests

What is happening about the refugee crisis in St Albans and Hertfordshire? was the question being answered at the Club’s meeting where Soroptimist Members and guests heard revealing updates from Herts Welcomes Syrian Families (HWSF), STAR (St Albans Refugees). A presentation … Continued


Birth Companions: Pregnancy in Prison – the harsh truth

St Albans & District Soroptimists and guests had an excellent evening where they learnt about what it’s like to be pregnant in prison. Both speakers were subject matter experts, and were keen to tell us about the Birth Charter for … Continued


Curry Night FUNdraiser for St Albans for Refugees

Soroptimists Amanda Brown, Janet Audley-Charles, Sally Graham and Ameeta Sabharwal had great fun when they attended the STAR St Albans for Refugees fundraising curry night at the Abbey Spice Restaurant in St Albans on Sunday 15th of May. Farhat ZIa from the … Continued



City Station Carols Success – marking Human Rights Day

This year’s annual Soroptimist Christmas carol singing at St Albans City Station was a great success raising a massive £576.04 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge  – this is the most we’ve every collected! We are sure that our four legged friend … Continued


Twenty Marys Meals Backpacks for Childrens Education

The Club has now filled 20 backpacks and they are ready to start their journey to Africa – see the Marys Meals Backpack project www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/the-backpack-project/ Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend … Continued




Christmas Charity Market Stall Selling Kenyan Jewellery

Soroptimists had the charity stall at St Albans Christmas Market on Friday 12th Dec selling Kenyan Jewellery made by HIV +ve women in aid of International Peace Initiatives (IPI) www.sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/our-international-project/ www.ipeacei.org a charity helping Kenyan women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. The money from the … Continued




£1415 Raised for the Womens Refuge!

The St Albans & District Soroptimists raised a wonderful £1415 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge in the club year 2013/14 – even though the Club supported 2 charities again this year!  Sara Jackson and Liz Perry, Managers at the Refuge, were thrilled when the … Continued



Charity Car Park – Great Result for Refuge

Soroptimists (wo)manned the Charity Car Park on Sat 21 June at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City – raising an impressive £192 for the St Albans & Hertsmere Women’s Refuge www.stalbansandhertsmerewomensrefuge.org.uk  Members of the Club – Denise Powell (President), Pamela Rochford and Jane Slatter –  are … Continued



*Club President Linda Shall’s Message for the Club Year 2018-2019

Message from President Linda I joined the St Albans & District Soroptimist International Club (SIStA) a little over two years ago because its stated aim is to help women and girls, locally and internationally, achieve their full potential.  Throughout my … Continued




“Swap-Shop” – success and fun

The January ”Swap-Shop” – raised £75 for the University of Hertfordshire, Soroptimist Peggy Hodges female engineering prize. Members and friends swapped unwanted Christmas gifts and clothes and made a donation for their newly swapped acquisitions. The evening was fun and a good opportunity for people to … Continued







Our International Project – in Meru, Kenya

“International Peace Initiative” (IPI) is our international project, in Meru, Kenya. Update from IPI March 18:  “This short video showcases several of the programs IPI offers in Kenya. From tailoring, catering and hairdessing to running the Amani Children’s Home and raising up … Continued


Charities Supported by St Albans Soroptimists

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 … Continued