In general, Soroptimists offer friendship and service and the Club intends that that we build on these this year.
SIGBI has two programme objectives from 2015-2019:
Goal 1: Soroptimist International will be a global voice for women and girls
Goal 2: The Soroptimist federations will be linked in their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Our Programme Action always bears these objectives in mind. We are continuing with some of our current projects and have added new ones during the year. Those which will continue include the Surrey Womens’ Refuge and our long running project providing packs to the Royal Surrey County Hospital. It is very likely that some of our speakers will enthuse us to add projects connected with their cause!
The Club worked on a new and major project in 2016/17: the STEM project. This project sought to educate and empower young women by way of a prize competition inspired by their use of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. This was a major development for the Club and the second competition took place in 2017/18. Such is its success that we are already planning the third competition for July 2019.
SI Surrey Hills also runs a quarterly bookstall, which is currently raising money for the Safe Delivery Trust, part of the Royal Surrey’s maternity unit. Two of our members help with a project teaching English to Nepalese women and helping to reduce their isolation by explaining English customs and way of life to them.
We have lots of ideas; all of our members are encouraged to discuss possible projects and we are keen to support any which fall within our remit of helping women and girls. The Club seeks to have as many members as possible involved in Programme Action work; we are also keen to increase our membership and thereby widen the scope of the projects we are undertaking.
If you live locally and are interested in what we do please get in touch and come along. You will be made very welcome!