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.

 

Railing against Abuse 2019
Some members of SI Taunton attending the celebration of the refurbishment completion at the Taunton foodbank, a project supported by their 2018 Swimathon.
SI Jersey celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day at a local secondary school and admiring the students' wonderful artwork done to mark the celebration.
On World Mental Health Day SI Barnstaple and District members dedicated a seat in the town to those who want to sit and chat, in the hope that someone will join them.  Some members of The Environment Agency did!
Members of St Austell & District at their annual MCS Beach Clean and survey at Charlestown.
Our five Regional Presidents for 2018-19 wearing green for Think on It! at the September Regional Meeting.
Club members from St Austell & District participated at a Summer Fayre organised by Kay Turner which raised £1238.67 for Look Good Feel Better, supporting women with cancer.
Regional members at the Soroptimist International Convention in Kuala Lumpur.
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.
LATEST UPDATES:

Save the Date – 23 November 2019! for this year’s Railing Against Abuse – Orange the World
SIGBI United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC)’s video describing their work: UKPAC video
SI Bristol Knitted Teddy Bears
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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