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.

 

Regional members at the SI Convention in Kuala Lumpur (picture courtesy of Cornwall Signs, St Austell).
Members of St Austell & District visiting the energy plant and incinerator at Cornwall Waste.
SI Brixham member Jane Lancaster made these colourful bags, which were then decorated by fellow Brixham Soroptimists and filled with all manner of goods from hot water bottles to lip balm and chocolate! In all, 50 were given to the local Women’s Refuge.
IPP Catriona Murray of SI Cheltenham had the pleasure of inducting her sister, Deborah Henley, as a new member of the club at their Annual Friends Tea in the Garden.
Visiting Soroptimist Janet White (centre in red) from Friendship Link Club SI Barrossa Valley Australia meeting with members from St Austell & District in Charlestown.
St Austell congratulating Wendy Howell, winner of the best decorated cake competition at the town's Summer Fayre.
St Austell & District members and friends getting ready for Royal Ascot!
SI Cheltenahm marked the Centenary of the Save the Children Fund by holding a fund raising Coffee morning. Members and friends got together for a convivial morning and doubled their target to make £200!
St Austell & District President presenting towels to Maggie Parks OBE, CEO of the Women's Centre where the Therapy Unit uses various healing therapies to help reduce the impact of trauma on the body, mind and spirit of women who have suffered domestic abuse.
SI Barnstaple & District members took their Menopause Cafe to the local Petroc College’s Wellbeing Day where women openly spoke of their menopause experiences and how exercise helps alleviate anxiety.
SI Taunton's 31st Swimathon raised and incredible £19,234.  St Margaret's Hospice, Somerset Sight and Citizens Advice Taunton received an equal share.
SI Swindon members Jackie and Lydia presenting Easter eggs and chocolates for the 3rd year running for clients and staff of the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre.
SI Cheltenham held a Bring and Share supper to mark Fairtrade fortnight, using as much Fairtrade produce as possible to make the food. A quiz over coffee completed the evening.
At their AGM St Austell presented cheques to The Invictus Trust and Kernow Young Carers.
Fidelma Meehan, regional Fundraising Manager for Save The Children being presented with a £100 cheque by SI Swindon Club President Valerie Nuttall.  This is part of a SIGBI Federation initiative to celebrate the charity's centenary.
Year 9 girls enjoying interactive STEM workshops on SI Taunton's Skirting Science Day hosted at Taunton School.
34 knitted teddy Bears given to SI Bristol by members of the SW&CI Region at the March meeting
SI Brixham President Jane Inett (pictured centre) presented cheques of £2,250 each to the two main charities supported in 2018/9. Mark Criddle, coxswain of the Brixham lifeboat and Maria Goodwin, CEO of YMCA South Devon.
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.
(L-R) Soroptimist and Chair of Devon County Council Caroline Chugg, Daphne Dowsing of SI Tiverton and the Countess of Arran at the Women in the Community awards held in Exeter to celebrate International women's Day
Awards nominees at St Austell & District's Unsung Heroine Young Woman awards to mark International Women's Day
In celebration of International Women's Day, SI Plymouth held a Pamper Day for women in need at the Sunflower Project in Plymouth with donations of money and clothes, helpers' time and packed lunches.
Members of SI Barnstaple & District giving out 100 roses to women to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March 2019.
Dorothy Yates, Elaine Greensmith, Louise Clunies Ross, Gill Sharland and Daphne Dowsing from SI Tiverton with Red Boxes they have filled to give to local schools..
St Austell Santander branch match funded proceeds raised at a Barn Dance in aid of local women's refuges.
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.
The line up of Regional Officers 2018-19
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SIGBI United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC)’s video describing their work: UKPAC video
SI Bristol Knitted Teddy Bears
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.

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.

 

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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.
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