Welcome to Wales South
Croeso I De Cymru
Wales South Region
80 years young!
Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for all women who support the aims of the organisation to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls.
Many members of our clubs celebrated the Region reaching 80
Next Regional meeting for members is the AGM on Saturday September 21st 2019 at the Aberafan Beach Hotel followed by the Programme Action awards. The speaker on Mental Health will be Antonio Munoz, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychology
DR Anne Kelly of SI Tenby for her award of the Queen’s Birthday Honour of
the British Empire Medal (BEM) for
Service to victims of Modern Slavery
PRESIDENT ELEANOR’s Theme
“From Suffragette to Soroptimist”
The Change of Insignia at Narbeth was a colourful affair for the Region with the purple, green and white of the suffragettes in evidence. Rev Michael Brotherton told us of his ancestor Emily Wilding Davies and the horrors she endured as a suffragette before her accidental death. A reminder of what some women endured to give us more freedom and the right to vote in this Centenary Year. Actions speak louder than words. A magnificent tea was enjoyed by all.
The end of Conference party allowed everyone to meet up and mull over all that had taken place over the last few days and we welcomed Eleanor as our new Regional President at SIGBI’s Official Handover. Thank you for a great conference Liverpool.
If you would like to become a Soroptimist, after reading the following, JOIN US and see the 3 ways of becoming a member. Clubs are listed below with links
What do we do?
Soroptimists (Soror – sister, optima – best) are today’s women joining together to influence decision making and improve the lives of women and girls.
Through Programme Action we achieve our aims and objectives and we do this in our own clubs and working together through Wales South Region.
We encourage members to sign up to campaigns supported by Soroptimists.
Soroptimists from South Wales wore orange at their meeting in Aberafan on December 1st to underline the message “STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”.
This was to highlight the UN campaign in the 16 days from 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. The theme of the campaign is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.” This theme reinforces the UNiTE Campaign’s commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world,
2. Programme Action
Our Funday afer the AGM was very successful and one of the arrangements made was to depict the Meru Gardens project
Within our 16 clubs in the Region, we are committed to helping women and girls reach their potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities. A wide variety of projects is carried out at local, regional and international level. Women’s Aid and local Food banks are supported by many clubs and there are educational projects in Wales, Cape Verde and in Africa. Collections are made of a variety of goods including bras, spectacles and jewellery. Our charity SWSHEHT receives money from items bought through the Easyfundraising site ( visit https://youtu.be/Sn2dsQGAe_w to find out how it works) by supporting Wales South Soroptimist Trust (see left hand heading) Wales South have been instrumental in raising awareness of Modern Day Slavery and details can be seen in our historical files.
UKPAC (United Kingdom Programme Action Committee) has study days and their latest one in Dublin was a great success. This and Programme Action reports from clubs and collated Officers’ reports can be found in the Member’s Area.
3. As well as providing service we are strong on Friendship and Fun!
Wales South Region was formed in 1939 and there are currently 16 clubs. Whilst we work as clubs to support various causes we also come together as a Region to support a chosen Regional Project which runs for 2-4 years.
If you want to contact a soroptimist club in your area to find out more about us, either click on the “contact us” heading to the left of the Wales South website, click on the club websites (highlighted text) or telephone our Soroptimist Federation Office on 0161 480 7686 who will be happy to help.
You can help make a difference to the lives of many women and girls.
Aberdare and District (1956)
Cardigan and District (1952)
Tenby and District (1955)