What we do

July 2019 Soroptimist International Anaparima on a beach clean up for World Environment Day
June 2019 North West & Isle of Man region at their annual Rosebowl Challenge
May 2019 Yorkshire Sorptimists visited the 158 Squadron Memorial. Their moto was Strength in Unity
April 2019 SI Dunfermline delighted to be part of the swimarathon contributing about 140 lengths and raising £1000
March 2019 SI Esperance presented books and educational supplies to the Penal Rock Road SDMS Early Childhood Care and Education Centre
January 2019 - SI Scarborough decluttered their homes and donated items to a range of charities
December 2018 SI Kettering - knitted teddy bears given to each child supported by Northampton Domestic Abuse Service
November 2018 - SI Newtown hosted Friendship Day 2018 with the theme Travel Around The World
October 2018 - SI Durban supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
September 2018 - SI Liverpool took part in a Walk A Memorable Mile event
August 2018 - Tamworth Soroptimists celebrated their 70th year pictured here at their cake stall
July 2018 - Tunridge Wells - their postcard at the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square
May 2018 - East London Club having bakery lesson at partner organisation, which works with vulnerable women.
April 2018 - Runcorn, Frodsham and District made 70 mastectomy comfort cushions for their 70th anniversary
March 2018 Newtown Soroptimists renovated a school library in Trinidad
February 2018 - Ipswich Soroptimists celebrated the centenary of votes for (some) women
December 2017 - Canterbury Soroptimists go orange for 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
January 2018 - Brixham Soroptimists selling cakes and raising money at a local Steam Fair
November 2017 - Weston-Super-Mare Railing Against Abuse event
October 2017 SI Manchester raising money and promoting membership
August 2017 SI Barbados took the battle against human trafficking to Barbados’ capital city
June 2017 SI San Fernando welcomes new Members
July 2017 SI Rugby at event in the park collecting 1st class knickers and 2nd hand bras
May 2017 - Garstang Soroptimists Forton School children with 133 plates representing a child fed every day in school for a whole year
September 2017 SI Grange over Sands sensory garden bug house
April 2017 - Northern England Soroptimists Stop the Traffik Global Blanket Campaign
February 2017 - SI Leeds at their Literary Prize which is the award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women
January 2017 - Soroptimists Bombay North hold good touch, bad touch sessions for women and children in Mumbai
December 2016 - Soroptimists from Southwest & Channel Islands marched as part of UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 2016 - Scotland South Region Celebrating 80th Anniversary
Lewisham and South East London supporting women in Uganda
September 2016 - St Austell took part in the Annual Marine Conservation Society Beachclean & Survey
July 2016 Winner - SI Gandhara, Pakistan here with Talat Pasha drinking tea in their personalised mugs!
August 2016 Winner - SI Lichfield & District have knit these Twiddlemuffs for Dementia sufferers in their local community
February 2016 winner - Ilkley Soroptimists preparing for their Fairtrade Fortnight event
Sep Winner SI Swindon and District! For International Literacy Day SI Swindon and District donated two boxes of new books to Drove Primary School for their library.
October Winner SI Heswall in the school kitchen she funded in Malawi
April Winner - SI Winchester and District - Stairway of Shoes
May Winner - SI Cardiff - Educate a girl . .
June Winner SI South Lancashire
July Winner - Cheshire North Wales and Wirral - Peace Garden Activity for Children in the Soroptimist Tent
August Winner SI Newtown Ready for a day of painting
November winner SI Liverpool paintings from children from familes of domestic abuse
December Winner SI Kirkcaldy sponsored Kirkcaldy Rugby Team shirts
January Winner Grange over Sands Candle Lit Vigil for the Peshawar victims
February Winner- SI Chester Founder Members at Charter Ceremony
March Winner - SI Pretoria Mapula Embroidery Project received money to buy special food for Christmas
April 2015 Winner - SI Croydon Loud & Proud Girls from Public Speaking Competition
May 2015 SI Freetown opening of the MMCET water supply
June 2015 - SI Tiverton & District have been busy knitting vests for new born babies in Africa
July 2015 - SI Kidderminster & District made dresses for a Ugandan orphanage
August 2015 - SI Chester Back a winner -  be a toilet-twinner
September 2015 Winner - SI Cockermouth Boat Race and rasing money for Alzheimer's UK
October 2015 winner - Cart taking children to School provided by SI Kettering & District
November 2015 winner - London Chilterns Region waving a copy of the book But It's Not Fair
December 2015 Winner - SI Ramsbottom Eggheads win paid for primary school children to be fed for a whole year
January 2016 - SI Leigh & District highlighting bra collection initiative
March 2016 - SI Dewsbury & District having fun whilst raising money for Water Aid
April 2016 Winner - SI Wales South - hands working together for women and girls world wide!
May 2016 Winner - Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral Meeting Members with Badges
June 2016 Winner - St Austell having fun and raising money for local Women's Refuge







The photographs above demonstrate a small part of what Soroptimists do, and many also show the fun that Members have doing it

80,000 Soroptimists Worldwide

There are nearly 80,000 Soroptimists worldwide, the majority of whom belong to their local Club, where they can make friends with like-minded women, have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) also offers Associate Membership, for busy women who believe in what we do but do not have the time to get involved in Club activities.

Soroptimist International (SI) and SIGBI both have consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), which gives us a voice on important discussion papers, and allows us to attend the Commission on the Status of Women in New York each March, and contribute to the “Agreed Conclusions”. This status would not be possible without the fantastic work being done by our Members.

Join Us and help us to Make That Difference to Women and Girls worldwide.

SIGBI Infographich 2014-2016

Our Work

Clubs choose projects to work on that tackle one of the five Programme Areas identified by Soroptimist International:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food Security and Healthcare
  • Violence and Conflict Resolution

All our work is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals whether it’s local, national or international. All projects work towards ending poverty, eradicating hunger, providing education for all and preserving the environment.


Club Members and Associate Members can support their projects by practical and/or financial support, or by Advocacy (lobbying governments and raising awareness of the issue).

Find out more about our projects in these areas

Soroptimist News is now online

We are delighted to announce that the first issue of the new online Soroptimist News is now available, both as a Page-Turner for PCs and an App for Mobile Devices.

The link to the Page-Turner is below. Some hints on using it are shown on the opening screen. If you roll the cursor over the icons in the top toolbar, the meaning of the symbols will be displayed. We recommend that you select “Single Page” plus “Fill Page” from these icons, for best viewing on screen. Use the arrows at either side to move to the next or previous page, and the arrow at the bottom to scroll downwards.

The links to download either the App for Apple or for Android phones are also below. Select the one that you need for your device (you need to be viewing this News Briefing on the device in question) and follow the instructions to install the App. You can also search for “Soroptimist News” in Google Play or iTunes.

Happy reading. If you do have any problems then please contact sally@sigbi.org.






Organisation-wide Projects



As well as supporting their own projects, Clubs and Members also support a number of SI and SIGBI charities and projects. Full details of all these, as well as the opportunity to donate to them, are given on the Our Charities page.