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.


Members of SI Bath presenting a cheque for £200 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  They were given a guided tour around the station and able to see inside the helicopter and the operations room.
SI Plymouth & District carried out numerous fundraising activities which led to Christmas gifts - goody bags for residents in sheltered housing and boxes for orphans in Moldova and Ukraine.
Happy Christmas from all at SI St Austell & District!
Swindon members Jackie Webb (L) and Lydia Cardew (far R) handing over 25 Christmas shoe boxes to Chessie and Elaine at the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, for the vulnerable women who use the Centre.
Some of the 50 Christmas shoe boxes made up by SI Swindon for the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester.
Members of SI Barnstaple packing 30 bags of toileteries which were delivered to the local Women's Refuge during the 16 days of activism (Orange the World).
Saying NO! to domestic abuse, Swindon Soroptimist President Valerie and member Lydia, with 40 Soroptimists from South West at the annual  ‘Railing Against Abuse’ event arranged by SI Weston-super-Mare
SI Barnstaple & District had a good turnout at their annual petal scattering event for the Elimination of Violence Against Women sixteen days of activism.  These included the Police, Councillors and representatives of local organisations.
Members of St Austell with the non-perishable goods collected at Tesco for the local Women's Refuges on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The line up of Regional Officers 2018-19
SI Swindon members joining members of Enrych, a charity which has been set up to enrich the social life of its disabled members, at a social lunch in Old Town. Great fun was had by all.
SI Brixham President Jane Inett with Kay Turner, current SW&CI Regional President (on the left), at the 70th Annual Dinner Dance for SI Brixham at the Berry Head Hotel.
A team of Plymouth Soroptimists with their 52 shoe boxes filled with gifts for boys and girls in hospitals and orphanages in Moldova in aid of Mustard Seed Relief Mission's "Love in a Box"
The offical handover of SW&CI Regional President at the SIGBI 2018 Conference in Liverpool.
Regional Presidents, (L-R) Audrey Taylor, Jackie Mosedale, Sue Perry, Daphne Dowsing, Kay Turner and Wendy Plaice.  Daphne has been President 2016-18 and the others will share Presidency during 2018-19.
September Regional meeting: Daphne Dowsing and Cheryl Rider with speaker Davina Cull on "Journey through the Criminal Justice System".
SI Barnstaple & District members have formed a link with the Road Haulage Association, who have agreed to put toilet stickers in truck stops throughout the UK (see next slide).
SI Barnstaple's poster
To celebrate International Literacy Day, Plymouth Soroptimists manned a book stand and encouraged shoppers to stop and select a free book.
Soroptimists Lydia Cardew, Jenny King, Barbara Banks, Catriona Murray, Valerie Nuttall and Judith Wood took part in a 3 month project observing Domestic Abuse cases in Swindon and Chippenham courts.  115 reports were completed and submitted to the office of Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Brixham Soroptimists at the Annual Steam Fair in Brixham with their tea tent selling homemade cakes and cream teas - always a popular event and this year the ladies made over £1,400 for this year's President's chosen charities of the RNLI and the YMCA.
SI Yeovil, in conjunction with Pawsability Dog Training, hosted an afternoon of 'doggy fun' with children from Belarus supported by the Shernobyl Childrens lifeline.
Members of SI Bath participated in Project 100, in conjunction with Year 6 of St Andrew's Primary School in Bath, to celebrate the centenary of some women obtaining the vote.  As well as banners and sahes, they also made paper flowers for the children to give to the elderly at a local day centre.
Soroptimists Jackie Webb, Valerie Nuttall, Pat Wright and Judith Wood attending a Victory Breakfast to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of full voting rights for women. This replicated a victory breakfast at London’s Cecil Hotel on the exact same day in 1928.
Members of St Austell modelling their suffragette themed T-shirts.
SI Swindon Soroptimists were invited to attend the 25 year Anniversary of the BIG Breakfast Club which they support by serving hot meals to the homeless.  Valerie and Angela pictured flanking Cllr Junab Ali, Mayor of Swindon.
St Austell presenting a cheque for £1,1,46.76 to Look Good Feel Better after their Spring Fayre fundraiser.
Members of SI Cheltenham at the Bishops Cleeve Street fair where they raised over £172 for their charities of the year.
Members of SI Cheltenhammarking UN Day of the Environment by going on a litter pick.  This was part of the national Great Plastic Pick up Campaign.
SI Plymouth celebrates Membership month in a variety of ways - a march through Plymouth city centre to celebrate the Centenary of Votes for Women, attending Plymouth’s Lord Mayor’s Day event and a local historic Lamb Feast
(L-R) SI Swindon Soroptimist Programme Action Officer Lydia Cardew and President Valerie Nuttall and presenting books to the children at Drove School to help celebrate the joy of reading.
Members of Si cheltenham gardening at the local Battledown Children and Families Centre which gives support to children with multiple and complex needs.
SI Taunton 80th Anniversary visit to Montacute House where Club members and visiting regional Soroptimists had a guided tour and picnic lunch.

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.

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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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Site last updated: 15 November 2018