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 work – Projects – that our Clubs do at local, national and international level.

Click Here to see the Clubs in our region.


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.
Great time had by all at SI Tiverton's Medieval Murder Mystery Dinner, raising £1,251 for charity!
President Catriona Murray welcomes two new members, Sheelagh and Regina, to SI Cheltenham.  That's seven new members this year - congratulations!
St Austell celebrates their 40th Anniversary. The four founder members, all past presidents are pictured here cutting the cake -  Jo Bennett, Carole Gardener, Heather Bishop and Wendy Plaice.
St Austell Soroptimists organised a Barn Dance in aid of the Mid Cornwall Women’s Refuges.  The funding was matched by the St Austell branch of Santander, making a total of £1,550.
Left to right - Regional President Daphne Dowsing, SI Plymouth President Margaret Parkinson, SI Poole President Liz Rodgers at SI Plymouth & District 88th Charter lunch.
Representatives from Pondhu Primary School Parliament visited SI St Austell.  Later in the year two pupils from the School will be chosen to receive The Carol Jennings Memorial Award in memory of past Club President and former Head of the School.
SI Brixham selling cakes and raising money at their local Steam Fair - winners of January 2018 Club Photo of the Month.
SI Bath hold an event to celebrate the centenary of the Vote for Women.  Regional President Dapne pictured with the Mayor of Bath, Cherry Beath and te Rev Jane Haslam.
Our congratulations to Dame Sarah Mullally for her appointment as Bishop of London.  Pictured here, when she was Bishop of Crediton, receiving her Regional Honorary membership certificate and badge from Regional President Daphne Dowsing
Members of SI Swindon with some of the Christmas gift shoe boxes they pack for the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre. The Club also donated Christmas puddings, mince pies, snacks and biscuits for the Centre’s Christmas meal.
A Christmas theme - members of SI Brixham displaying the wreaths they made at the Berry Head Hotel, with tutor Tracy Johnson.
A team of SI Plymouth & District serving hot punch at the annual Tavistock Dickensian evening, raising £500 for local charities.
On the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, members of SI St Austell  staged a collection at Tesco St Austell, inviting the public to donate items for their local Refuges
Marching in Bristol to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Tara Arkle and Dame Joan Collins on the Railing Against Abuse march
Members of SI Tiverton and SI Barnstaple getting ready for Railing Against Abuse

Clubs of the Region mark UN Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women by Railing Against Abuse
Skirts from Shirts for Mary’s Meals Back packs – good idea from SI Weston
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)
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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.


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.

Site last updated: 20 June 2017

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