Welcome to SI South West & Channel Islands

Soroptimist International South West and Channel Islands Region comprises 16 Soroptimist Clubs. Our Clubs spread geographically from Gloucestershire in the north and Wiltshire in the east, down to Cornwall in the deepest south west and include Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Here in the South West and Channel Islands we pride ourselves on the Programme Action work – Projects – that our Clubs do at local, national and international level.

Click Here to see the Clubs in our region.

 

SI Taunton Treasurer and Joint President presenting a cheque to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital.  The £725 was raised at a Quiz Night and £100 was also given to Look Good Feel Better at the Beacon Centre.
Members of SI Barnstaple & District giving out 100 roses to women to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March 2019.
Ast Principal Bryony of Drove School, along with Lydia Cardew & Valerie Nuttall, with some of the 132 books donated for World Book Day on 7th March by Swindon Soroptimists.
Presidents Rhona and Jane of SI Taunton showing the photos of the three toilets twinned in Africa after the Club donated meoney in lieu of Christmas Cards.
SI Jersey's bookmark supporting their new new campaign - No More Taboo Period Campaign in partnership with the Red Box Project.
Swindon Soroptimists Valerie Nuttall (far left) and Lydia Cardew (far right) with staff and attendees at the BIG Breakfast +, with their donations of bananas and chocolate for Fairtrade Fortnight.
SI Swindon members featuring in photos on a stand at a tea party to celebrate Enrych's seven years of service in the town supporting the social lives of disabled people.
Members of SI Taunton and the Taunton School lifeguards showcasing the fantastic totals at the end of their Swimathon 2019 weekend!
In keeping with SIGBI President's theme 'Think on It', SI Barnstaple & District members attended a session on Mental Health issues, learning from a psychotherapist about relieving anxiety and avoiding others people's negativity.
Sue Perry (left) from SI Bristol takes over as Regional President for February to April.  Also pictured are Daphne from SI Tiverton and Maggie and Kay from SI St Austell & District
Members of SI Bath presenting a cheque for £200 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  They were given a guided tour around the station and able to see inside the helicopter and the operations room.
SI Plymouth & District carried out numerous fundraising activities which led to Christmas gifts - goody bags for residents in sheltered housing and boxes for orphans in Moldova and Ukraine.
Happy Christmas from all at SI St Austell & District!
Swindon members Jackie Webb (L) and Lydia Cardew (far R) handing over 25 Christmas shoe boxes to Chessie and Elaine at the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, for the vulnerable women who use the Centre.
Some of the 50 Christmas shoe boxes made up by SI Swindon for the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester.
Members of SI Barnstaple packing 30 bags of toileteries which were delivered to the local Women's Refuge during the 16 days of activism (Orange the World).
Saying NO! to domestic abuse, Swindon Soroptimist President Valerie and member Lydia, with 40 Soroptimists from South West at the annual  ‘Railing Against Abuse’ event arranged by SI Weston-super-Mare
SI Barnstaple & District had a good turnout at their annual petal scattering event for the Elimination of Violence Against Women sixteen days of activism.  These included the Police, Councillors and representatives of local organisations.
Members of St Austell with the non-perishable goods collected at Tesco for the local Women's Refuges on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The line up of Regional Officers 2018-19
SI Swindon members joining members of Enrych, a charity which has been set up to enrich the social life of its disabled members, at a social lunch in Old Town. Great fun was had by all.
SI Brixham President Jane Inett with Kay Turner, current SW&CI Regional President (on the left), at the 70th Annual Dinner Dance for SI Brixham at the Berry Head Hotel.
A team of Plymouth Soroptimists with their 52 shoe boxes filled with gifts for boys and girls in hospitals and orphanages in Moldova in aid of Mustard Seed Relief Mission's "Love in a Box"
The offical handover of SW&CI Regional President at the SIGBI 2018 Conference in Liverpool.
Regional Presidents, (L-R) Audrey Taylor, Jackie Mosedale, Sue Perry, Daphne Dowsing, Kay Turner and Wendy Plaice.  Daphne has been President 2016-18 and the others will share Presidency during 2018-19.
September Regional meeting: Daphne Dowsing and Cheryl Rider with speaker Davina Cull on "Journey through the Criminal Justice System".
SI Barnstaple & District members have formed a link with the Road Haulage Association, who have agreed to put toilet stickers in truck stops throughout the UK (see next slide).
SI Barnstaple's poster
To celebrate International Literacy Day, Plymouth Soroptimists manned a book stand and encouraged shoppers to stop and select a free book.
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SI Plymouth participate in the ‘Love in a Box’ project
SI Swindon takes part in a Court Observations Project on Domestic Abuse cases
Calling all knitters – SI Tiverton needs your help with long sleeve baby vests!

Soroptimist International has consultative status with the United Nations and so we are able to inform them on women’s issues, particularly relating to human rights and especially to improve the status of women and girls. We are able to raise awareness of global and local issues; and lobby collectively; and take action by service involvement and fund raising through social events.

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The Soroptimist International Vision is that women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.

Soroptimists’ Mission is to transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.

 

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Do you want to make a difference to Women and Girls around the World?
Taking action by signing a petition can really make change happen. Petitions are a great way to get your views heard by Government, get Journalists to take notice or raise awareness about a certain issue. There are many different petitions in circulation, so the SIGBI Project Team has selected a few which they feel are right for Soroptimists to support.
Additionally, if you would like to contact your local MP about any issues, you can search for their details here.

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