Soroptimists focus their project work on: Education; Elimination of violence; Economic empowerment; Food security; Healthcare; Environmental sustainability / water and sanitation; Conflict resolution / peace promotion; Disaster mitigation and relief. These all link into the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Recent projects linking to above:
Local: Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
We support TWW through volunteering, donating supplies, e.g. coffee, sugar, tea, breakfast cereal, toilet rolls and cash; funding a donation box; contribution of £500 towards garden furniture; and attending events.
Members purchased a donation box as visitors to the Centre frequently asked about making donations – it’s proving very successful.
In May 2019 members ran an awareness-raising stall marking World Ovarian Cancer Day providing leaflets and cards describing the main symptoms, and a booklet explaining what happens after seeing the doctor.
£500 cheque donated, at a social distance, in September 2020
National: Anti slavery & trafficking – Elimination of Violence
Members joined in the Federation’s survey about modern day slavery and raised awareness with a stall in the local shopping centre
Below members with survey at the ready
Local: Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Healthcare
We make a donation each time we have a craft table asking that funds go towards wigs for women who have lost their hair through treatment, aiding women’s psychological health. We have donated over £1600 so far.
Local: Wirral Food Bank – Food security & Healthcare
We donate food, vital feminine hygiene items and cash. Donations are weighed and weights logged by volunteers at the Foodbank’s warehouse to enable audit of volume of products donated and distributed.
Member Sue delivering the much needed supplies
International: The Mary’s Meals Backpack project – Education
Members busy putting together the backpacks
As of October 2020, we have donated almost 250 backpacks and £1450. The latest £200 will be doubled by UK Government aiding children to attend school in developing countries.
International: WaterAid – Water & Sanitation
Members annually make a donation with a large donation of £500 in 2018 going towards the Water Effect Appeal that provides a safe environment for women to give birth.
Although there was no formal ceremony in 2020, the donation for our annual poppy wreath is appreciated