Wallasey Soroptimists – Our Projects (Programme Action)
The 8 areas for Soroptimists to focus their project work are: Education; Elimination of violence; Economic empowerment; Food security; Healthcare; Environmental sustainability / water and sanitation; Conflict resolution / peace promotion; Disaster mitigation and relief.
SI Wallasey Club members have key projects that link with some of the above project areas.
Recent projects include:
National: Anti slavery & trafficking – Elimination of Violence
Members joined in the Federation’s survey about modern day slavery and took the opportunity to have a stall in the local shopping centre to raise awareness of the issue as well as promoting Wallasey Soroptimists.
Below members Sheila, Elizabeth and Ruth (a new member of just one week) with survey at the ready.
Marking 8th September International Literacy Day – Education
Bookmarks were produced and donated to local libraries to not only mark the day, but raise awareness of our organisation
Local: Singing career development – Education
A donation of £170 to a Liverpool mezzo soprano Sophie Clarke who performed at our Club’s 70th anniversary celebration dinner – funds will go towards her education / training as a singer in the coming year.
Local: Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Healthcare
We donate some of our takings each time we have a stall selling our craft items. We recently donated an additional £300 to the Charity. This money can help the Charity support women who have lost their hair through cancer treatment with funds to purchase good quality wigs – it all helps with a woman’s psychological health.
The Charity’s Fundraising Manager Elspeth was our speaker at our September social meeting. She presented Immediate Past President Stella with a certificate giving our running total of donations at £650. A cheque for £100 was presented at the meeting adding to that total.
Members selling craft items at Clatterbridge Cancer Unit
Local: Wirral Food Bank – Food security & Healthcare
Beginning in November 2011 this local Wirral charity gives 3 days supply of food to local people / families who have been referred in urgent need situations. Club members have support by donating not only food products, but vital feminine hygiene items. All donations are weighed and weights logged by volunteers at the Foodbank’s warehouse to enable audit of volume of products donated and distributed.
International: The Mary’s Meals Backpack project – Education
We have donated 80 backpacks and £250 so far to Mary’s Meals. To encourage children to attend school in developing countries, this Scottish-based charity ensure each child had a daily meal with locally produced products, prepared by local women, and gives each child a backpack containing items of clothing, shoes, toiletries and writing materials. Members had gathered all the necessary items and enjoyed an evening packing the bags ready for sending off.
International: WaterAid – Water & Sanitation
Donation of funds
Interntional: Meru Women’s Garden project – Economic Empowerment & Food Security
www.memruwomen.org – our Federation’s long term project helping Educate, Empower & Enable women in Meru Kenya