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.


Our lovely Regional President, Daphne Dowsing, starting her second year at the Cardiff Conference
Brixham Soroptimists wearing pink for Breast Cancer Month and making heart shaped cushions for the Breast Care Unit of Torbay Hospital
Orphans in Moldova will each be getting ‘Love in a Box’ when they receive  a shoe box full of goodies at Christmas, thanks to the efforts of Plymouth Soroptimists.
Brownies across Plymouth made friendship bracelets and pillow-slip dresses to mark International Day of the Girl (11th October). They will be Christmas gifts for girls in the Gambian village of Bissary, one of the projects supported by Plymouth Soroptimists.
St Austell Annual MCS Beachclean & Survey Charlestown
Some mature students at the University of Gloucester's "Freshers Fayre"? No! Just members of SI Cheltenham and District advertising their November Forum on the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Lorraine Gillings (left) and Sue Miller of SI Plymouth & District cut into the 50th wedding anniversaries cake made by fellow member Karen Hibberd
A hardy band of Plymouth Soroptimists manned a stand in the city centre and gave away over 1000 paperback books and bookmarks to mark International Literacy Day
Members of SI Bath giving books away at Chippenham Station to mark International lLiteracy Day
Swindon Soroptimists enjoying a successful garden party with cream tea and homemade cakes, raising £240 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Plymouth Soroptimists staunchly manned a tombola and raffle stand in the blistering heat at a local historic Lamb Feast event in June. The day was a great success with £480 being raised for local and international project funds.
SI Taunton wins the Ellen Brawn Award for Good Practice at the SW&CI AGM & Conference for their Swimathon event
Plymouth SI members (inc President Margaret Parkinson) with Deputy Lord & Lady Mayoress of Plymouth.  SI Plymouth manned a stand and handed out bookmarks for Membership Month on the Lord Mayor's Day in May.
SI St Austell held a Spring Fayre for Feel Good Look Better, a UK Charity that supports women with cancer. Over £800 was raised - sufficient for 16 women to attend their free skincare and make up workshops.
SI Brixham ladies giving out free bags on the old Fish Quay on 30th May for Conservation Day.
SI Taunton are proud to support Reminiscece Learning in #DementiaAwarenessWeek. Christine Briggs, pictured with Archie, put in place their piece of the giant jigsaw.
SI Swindon President Georgina's garden showcasing Soroptimist Tulips (online source Blomsbulbs)
SI St Austell is sponsoring local student Kathryn to travel to Sierra Leone over the summer .
SI Plymouth ladies at the Lord Mayor's Day, handing out bookmarks and promoting Soroptimists.
SI St Austell Joint Presidents 2017-18, Angela and Mary
SI Taunton Joint Presidents Rhona and Jane with 3 new members inducted at April 2017 meeting
President of SI Cirencester and three new members Feb 2017
SI Taunton receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Taunton Foodbank for donating over one metric tonne of food
Member of SI St Austell dressed in Soroptimist blue at their Fashion Show where they raised over £750 for Mid Cornwall Women's Refuges

See what our regional members got up to at the Cardiff Conference!
SI Bath are holding an event in Feb 2018 to commemorate and reflect on the centenary of the vote for women
SI Cheltenham are holding a Forum to mark the UN Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
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)
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.

Site last updated: 20 June 2017

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