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