The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Advice leaflet aims to inform and empower women to make the best choices for their sexual and reproductive health. It details the changes to provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare during COVID-19, including what type of care women can expect to access and how they can access it. We hope the information it contains will help you to support your community during this confusing time.
On Wednesday, 12 June, President Kathleen Tuddenham’s guest speaker was the truly inspirational Irene Lucas CBE. Originally from Ashington in Northumberland, Irene rose from a career in the public sector in Sunderland, breaking new ground in sports and leisure management at a national level, to Chief Executive roles, senior positions in Whitehall, as well as chairing the Hays Travel board. Threaded through her story is a determination to make a difference at a community level to people who struggle against disadvantages, but who are willing to work hard. An outstanding example of a woman who embodies the Soroptimist mission to Educate, Empower and Enable others.
Many of you may know our ex-President Cheryl Findlay is walking the entire coastline of the UK and Ireland, an amazing feat which is taking two years to complete. Cheryl is walking with her husband Brian Burnie, the man behind this epic coastal walk in aid of his cancer transport charity Daft as a Brush. At various points, Cheryl is making contact with Soroptimist clubs and very recently she has met with people from our Northern Ireland contingent. Here are some snaps taken recently – SI Portadown’s Maureen Maguire joined Brian for a little walk (in the rain) and was then shown around the Bluebell Bus, which is acting as home for Cheryl and Brian for the entire journey . Cheryl was hosted by the “small, but very active” group of 9 members from SI Londonderry, (Cheryl is front right). Above, left is Maureen Maguire
On 8th May, Sunderland Club members were visited by guest speakers Graydon and Claire Downs, representing local charity The Three Tumours and heard about the great work carried out in support of cancer patients. President Elect Rosemary Jenkinson gave the vote of thanks.