SI Barnstaple & District
The Barnstaple club is a busy thriving club whose members come from a wide area of North Devon; from the edges of Exmoor, the coastal towns of Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe, the towns of Barnstaple and Bideford and the surrounding villages.
As a club we aim to provide a warm, welcoming and positive environment where members feel able to freely express their opinions and ideas. We are pleased to have welcomed seven new members in the last year and we are delighted to see their enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve and their willingness to engage fully in our projects and bring new ideas to the club.
We accept that members often lead hectic lives with busy schedules, balancing work, family or other community responsibilities. With this in mind we ensure that we are very flexible and no member is ever made to feel guilty that they are not able to attend all meetings or activities. Everyone is valued for their contribution to the club.
The Barnstaple Club was chartered in 1951 and was a ‘daughter’ club of the former Exeter club. We are proud of our club history and traditional values but ensure that we are a modern vibrant club which is positive, flexible and better aligned with the lifestyle of the modern active woman.
Our projects have been regularly featured in the local media, raising awareness of our projects and promoting our local, national and international presence. Alongside many varied projects that affect women and girls, we have been very involved for a number of year in raising awareness of domestic violence and people trafficking.
In our international project, we have been working, for a number of years, with our Friendship Link club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on a joint project. In our ‘Knickers for Knowledge’ Project our club provides funding for sanitary products and pants to girls in the schools that SI Bulawayo support in impoverished rural areas where pupils would otherwise miss school during their periods. We have recently successfully raised sufficient funds to buy a British designed sanitary towel making machine that can be operated by a group of women supported by their club. Currently we are raising funds to cover shipping costs.
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