Welcome to SI South West & Channel Islands

Soroptimist International South West and Channel Islands Region comprises 17 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.


The Nightriders showing off their cycling kit for the London Women V Cancer ride over May Bank Holiday.  SI Brixham contributed to their kit - President Jane Inett is the one in mufti!
To mark the centenary of votes for women, over 100 placard-bearing Soroptimists from Plymouth, St Austell and Torbay were joined by other women as they marched through Plymouth city centre, many wearing period costume.
Members of SI tAustell sewing cushions for Kosovo
SI Swindon presenting a cheque for £1400 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Joint Presidents Mary & Angela of St Austell presenting a cheque for £2,600 to Sharon Cowburn of The Invictus Trust
Christine Asker from CHICKS receiving a donation of £458.50 from SI St Austell and District.  The money was  raised at a Prize Bingo Night in January
SI Barnstaple and District becomes another Club to support Look Good, Feel Better as members attended the launch of a workshop in the town
SI Brixham members in the rain and wind selling their wares at the April Fayre on the Quay on Brixham Fish Quay
Swindon Soroptimist Lydia Cardew presenting chocolates to the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre hardworking staff  (L-R)  Helen, Veronica, Elaine and Kate, as well as 25 individual Easter eggs for the women who use the Centre and its services.
20 members from 7 Clubs in the SW&CI Region, accompanied by 4 Soroptimisters, went on a 3 day trip to Geneva to take in a tour of the UN
The group outside the UN Building, waiting to start their tour.
In the current UN Assembly Hall
The group outside Chateau Chillon, part of the sightseeing day around Lac Leman.
In the original Council Chamber of the League of Nations
L to R, Sabine Kinzer of SI de Nyon and Daphne Dowsing SW&CI Regional President after our dinner of local perch speciality at the Cafe du Centre.
Members of SI Barnstaple & District, invited the public to spend a penny, or more, for WaterAid on World Water Day! (photo courtesy of North Devon Gazette)
SI Brixham President Wenona Pappin presenting cheques of £2,000 each to Graham Gordon, a volunteer from Devon Air Ambulance, and to Mark Dunne, a biker member of the Devon Freewheelers.
St Austell Soroptimists at their Oscars style awards evening for Unsung Heroines in the community on International women’s Day.  The winners, seated, were Julianna Nicholson (aged 15) who has been helping the homeless and Edna Liddicoat (aged 95) who knits items for sale for the Merlin MS Centre.
Members of SI Jersey and Anne Hudson from SI Lewes & District (second left), attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast organised by the Jersey Women’s Refuge.
Valerie Nuttall and Lydia Cardew from SI Swindon at the Swindon Public Library manning the stand which is on display for 2 weeks to highlight International Women’s Day
SI Barnstaple and District were joined by the town's Mayor to celebrate International Women's Day and the centenary of Votes for Women
Brixham Soroptimists Sue Masters, Marian Dart, Sheila Andrews, Sue Salter and their President Wenona Pappin at the International Women's Day coffee morning at the Community Centre
Plymouth Soroptimists organised a day of top to toe beauty treatments and treats for around 40 women who use the Shekinah Mission (a Devon based charity that provides opportunities for people in recovery).  They were generously supported by local beauticians and hairdressers.
Members of SI Taunton proudly displaying the final statistics from the 30th Swimathon weekend! (L to R) Pauline, Jane, Rhona, Moira and Swimathon Co-ordinator Christine
Members of SI Cheltenham presenting a cheque for £1,000 to the Sue Ryder Hospice at Leckhampton Court.  Funds raised from a Tapas lunch and an Annual Quiz will also go to Toilet Twinning for a school toilet block.

SI Plymouth organised a 100 Women Walk on 9 May 2018 to celebrate Suffagettes and others
President’s Blog April 2018 includes write up of our March Regional Meeting
SW&CI Visit to Geneva in March 2018 – read all about it and see the photos!
Calling all knitters! Help with baby vests for babies in Uganda – organised by Si Tiverton

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.

Some Useful Links

What is a Soroptimist?
Become a Soroptimist: Lead a Life of Significant Success (YouTube video)
Interested in becoming a Soroptimist? Contact us…

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.


TAKE ACTION – Sign a Soroptimist Petition

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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Site last updated: 25 May 2018