A donation of £50 was made by the club and together with donations from members, 120 men’s toiletry items were purchased. We continue to donate clothing and linens from our homes.
Desk top PCs, laptops and tablets, from members and friends of SI Widnes, ready for donation to Alpha Computers, Birchfield Rd, Widnes for wiping and regifting to local families and schools to support with home schooling. A big thank you to Michelle from Alpha for providing this service free of charge to support local children. #firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, starting 25th November to 10th December, Soroptimists everywhere were asked to #OrangetheWorld. Each of the 16 Days we celebrate marks a step towards women’s rights and a safe space for them. Soroptimist International believes that women’s rights are human rights and through our work in the communities we work with that objective. Beginning with the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November, Soroptimists follow UN Days to transform lives of women and girls. We rally against Child Marriages, Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Rape, Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, and Sexual Harassment at Workplace and in support of Human Rights Defenders . On 10th Dec the last day, we honour the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each day is a call for action and provides a focus for our projects. Commemorating
As the COVID-19 lockdown continues, members of SI Widnes have enjoyed meeting up ‘virtually’. Our Executive and Business Meetings have been held using Zoom and we have also enjoyed ‘Zoom Bingo’ and a ‘Zoom Quiz’ with more planned for August. Our latest offering is a ‘Zoom craft and coffee’ session starting on Friday 31st July at 10.30, when we will be making ‘Hearts for Heroes’. If you would like to join us for any of these events please see our Club Diary Dates page and contact us for the link.
COVID 19 has resulted in an increase in domestic violence and has also had a significant impact on homeless people. Members and friends of SI Widnes are continuing to support both Changing Lives, our local women’s refuge and NightStop, a charity which supports homeless people aged 16-35, by making regular donations of goods such as: nappies, wipes, children’s toys, toiletries and cleaning products for Changing Lives and toiletries, toilet rolls, cleaning products and kitchen utensils for NightStop, to help equip two houses they have recently acquired to house homeless COVID 19 victims. In addition to the donated goods, many members have donated the cost of our monthly meals to enable the purchasing of some of the above items. A huge ‘thank you’ from staff at Changing Lives and NightStop to everyone who has donated in one form or another and a big ‘thank you’ to
Over the years, we have supported our local women’s refuge, now renamed Changing Lives, by making donations of a range of items from toiletries and welcome packs to toys, gifts and Christmas cards. Last year, the staff asked if we could provide cleaning products to enable the residents to maintain the cleanliness of their living quarters, and which could be taken with them when they moved on to other accommodation. We provided 20 sets of cleaning products in plastic buckets over the year. This year we decided to make up 75 buckets containing cleaning products to commemorate the 75th anniversary of SI Widnes’ service to our local community. We received donations from Morrison’s Supermarket, Widnes and the Blackhorse Community Convenience store, Widnes as well as five other Soroptimist Clubs: SI Liverpool, Warrington, Ashton-under-Lyne, Southport and Bootle. 75 orange buckets were purchased to reflect the ‘#orangetheworld’
On 7th July 2019, Members, friends and distinguished guests, joined together at our Annual Charter Lunch to celebrate 75 years since Soroptimist International of Widnes was first chartered. The celebration was held at our usual meeting place, The Everglades Hotel, and the food, superb as usual, consisted of: Thai fish cakes or blue cheese salad followed by Salmon or beef served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables and to finish off there was a choice of a cheese board or strawberries and cream accompanied by tea or coffee. President Eleanor was joined at the top table by Regional President, Sue Underwood, and Mayor & Consort of Halton , Cllr Margaret Horabin & Mr Carl Horabin. The atmosphere was informal, relaxed and convivial as members of SI Widnes chatted and networked with Presidents and members from other Soroptimist Clubs from our Region, South Lancashire. The fantastic cake