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Easter gifts to Nelson Trust Women’s Centre 2022

Easter gifts to Nelson Trust Women’s Centre 2022

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Swindon Soroptimists once again wished ‘HAPPY EASTER!’ to the clients and staff at Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre.  Delivering on Maundy Thursday, members Jackie Webb and Gillian Reed visited the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre to present 25 individual Easter eggs for the women who use the Centre and its services, as well as three bags of mini eggs for the hardworking staff! Just as in lockdown, the Soroptimists know the value of ensuring vulnerable women were remembered and can enjoy the same annual festivities as everyone else. This annual Easter visit was started in 2017 by Swindon Soroptimists and their donation added to ones the Trust had already received and ensured that all the women and children were able to receive an Easter egg. This year as restrictions have eased three of the staff, Carrie, Kerry and Ella were able to welcome Gillian and

International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

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Echoing the yellow of the Ukrainian flag, Swindon Soroptimists purchased bright daffodils and gave them free to women yesterday to highlight and celebrate International Women’s Day, held each year on 8th March . With kind permission of the Swindon Women’s Aid, five members gathered outside their Survivor shop.  Holding  banners displaying some of the IWD #BreakTheBias statements, the ladies approached women passing by and offered them a free flower, handing a leaflet explaining this year’s theme as well as information on the Soroptimist organisation. As Club Secretary Jackie Webb commented to one passer by, “We do something every year to mark IWD, usually a display, but this year felt that we needed to do something kind to help others feel better after these difficult times”. Despite the 5 members and probably over 150 blooms it took less than an hour to distribute them all.  The

World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022

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Swindon Soroptimists have donated books aimed at younger children, to the Drove Road Primary School.every year since 2015. This year members Jackie Webb and Corrine Daycock delivered over 240 books to coincide with World Book Day on 3rd March 2022. The Soroptimists appreciate all the books donated by members, friends and relatives: both good quality second hand and new books obtained cheaply in bulk. Jackie and Corrine were delighted to be able to take part in the morning's events, albeit on screen via TEAMS, organised by teachers James Bower and Abby Pitkin, with James introducing the ladies and declaring “ The Soroptimists are on my Christmas card list now in view of all these books they have donated!" Children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters and the theme was based on The Masked Singer where teachers dressed  in masks to read stories
Tree Planting

Tree Planting

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Soroptimist International (SI) with Soroptimists from across the world have joined together to celebrate 100 years of "Soroptimism"  and celebrate a "Bright Past" and a "Brilliant Future". What better way to celebrate the first centenary of Soroptimism and to help the environment, than to plant trees for a Brilliant Future, echoing the ‘Saving Trees’ campaign, which was the first action taken by Soroptimists in 1921. Clubs around the world from Aberdeen to Jamaica and Sri Lanka to Indonesia have taken part in the challenge and to date an incredible 71,870 trees have been planted, with many more planned in 2022. The Swindon Soroptimist Club members are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, they celebrated 100 years of Soroptimist International by recently planting 100 trees in Swindon.
SI Swindon Members with gift bags
Christmas bags Nelson Trust

Christmas bags Nelson Trust

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Swindon Soroptimists were once again delighted to present their Christmas gift bags to the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre recently, for the 7th year running.  The 25 bags are for the vulnerable women who use the Centre, many of whom face hardship and in some cases this may be the only Christmas gift they receive.  The Club also donated Christmas chocolates for the hardworking, dedicated staff. We are indebted once again to all our members, plus many friends from Ladies Who Latte, Nordic Walking  and Swindon WI Book Club for buying and donating items to enable us to continue to give these Christmas gifts. This year several members were able to get together and sort and pack the 1000 plus items received, so each box had an amazing 38 different items.  The items ranged from useful things like gloves, hats, mini toiletries to treats such
Underwear Donation

Underwear Donation

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Continuing our ongoing support, club members Jackie and Lydia recently delivered a huge amount of underwear, T-shirts, leggings and toiletries to the Nelson Trust Swindon Women’s Centre.  This was a result of previously asking them how the club could best support the Centre. They said this is what they needed as they run an Outreach service for street sex workers in Swindon. The Centre provides holistic one-to-one support to help the women overcome addictions, be protected against sexual violence, find safe and stable homes, and ultimately exit sex working altogether. Support worker Bethany was astounded at the size of the donation and said “the women will be so delighted and appreciative; the items are just perfect, especially now the weather is getting colder”.
Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

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Each year November 25th is the start of 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence.  Swindon Soroptimists met on that date dressed in orange in response to a call for a global effort on UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since Covid a Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing and there is an urgent need to stem the tide. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global Campaign.  In 2021 the Campaign will focus on the issue of “femicide or the gender-related killing of women.” Soroptimists around the world stand up for women and girls.
Bumper Donation

Bumper Donation

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After a successful campaign on Facebook and asking friends and family, Swindon Soroptimists once again made a delivery to the 'Survivor' charity shop, which helps fund the amazing work done by Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service. Asking how we could help support them during the difficult times of the pandemic, the charity had requested toys and bric-a-brac to sell in the charity shop. With donations from Club members and our friends at Ladies Who Latte, Live Laugh Love and Nordic Walking groups, Swindon Soroptimist members Jackie Webb and Lydia Cardew delivered a staggering amount of household items, toys, clothes, bedding and linens to Carol Gibbon, Manager of the 'Survivor' charity shop. As Lydia, Project officer of Swindon Soroptimists says, “We made a reasonable delivery in August but this time, our friends have astounded us with their generosity and we filled half a cage!!  Carol thanked
Food Donations

Food Donations

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Despite Lockdown the Nelson Trust are working hard to support women.  Swindon Soroptimists have continued to donate food and kitchen items for their Lunch Club as well as food parcels. Soroptimists members Jackie and Lydia dropped off £25 worth of pasta, rice, sauces and tinned fish as well as kitchen items on 30th Sept. Team Lead Vee commented “Thank you so much, I really do appreciate your support for the Trust and for the women.” Further similar deliveries were made in late Oct 2020 and Feb 2021, with Natalie at the Centre commenting “Thank you so much for thinking of us here at Nelson yet again! It is very much appreciated.  We are desperate for things to make proper substantial meals. Some of our women don’t have much access to cooking facilities so things that can be put into the microwave or even eaten cold
Swindon Women’s Aid

Swindon Women’s Aid

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Here we are delivering much needed items to the 'Survivor' charity shop, which helps fund the amazing work done by Swindon Women's Aid. Manager Carol & Sue came out with their trusty trolleys, which we filled to the brim! MANY thanks to Club members and our friends at Marlborough Ladies Who Latte for contributing toys, clothes, bedding, jigsaws and linens. See more of their work at https://swadomesticabuse.org/https://swadomesticabuse.org/ QUOTE from Swindon Women's Aid ‘Survivor’ shop Manager, Carol Gibbon” Dear Soroptimists, Thank you so much, we really appreciate your support and the great quality of donations you always bring to us”.
Food Delivery

Food Delivery

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On 5th June and 9th July Swindon Soroptimists continued with their regular donations of food and household items to the Nelson Trust  Swindon Women’s Centre With the current crisis the Center wanted quick snacks for the women they support on the streets at night. Well done to the Centre for also achieving a grant from the local Coronavirus fund to help continue their support of vulnerable women. Veronica Cooper, manager of Nelson Trust Women’s Centre thanked Swindon Soroptimists for their on-going support. Additionally, a bag of clothes was also donated by Swindon Soroptimist members Gillian & Jackie.