Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International (SI) Winchester and District. Our club consists of a group of 24 friendly, lively and energetic women from all walks of life and of all ages who work together using our various skills and talents to make a difference to the lives of others. We do this through awareness-raising, lobbying, practical help and fund-raising.
Formed in 1962, we meet twice each month, once for a club meeting at the Holiday Inn Winchester and on the second occasion socially, either for a supper with a speaker at the same venue, a fund raising event or just a convivial get-together to which friends and partners are also invited.
Beyond our own club, members value the global network of Soroptimist clubs giving opportunities to travel, meet like-minded women and share ideas across the world.
In recent years we have raised significant sums of money in a variety of ways for worthwhile projects both locally (Winchester homeless charities, Winchester Young Carers, Hampshire Air Ambulance), nationally (Water Aid and many DEC appeals) and overseas (rebuilding a school in Kenya, £10,000 to improve maternal and infant care in the Gambia).
We organised Winchester schoolgirls and girl guides to make 136 pretty dresses to send out to girls in the Gambia. The dresses are simply made from pillowcases and are very popular. This was so successful we now plan to extend the project, now called Girls 4 Girls & Boys, to more local groups.
We work hard to improve the lot of women and girls worldwide and we always managed to fuel our efforts with fun, food and friendship.
Our interests range across:
- Economic and Social Development
- Human Rights and the Status of Women
- International Goodwill and Understanding
as well as many more lighthearted activities.
Do have a look at the rest of our site and if you are interested in what we do we would love to meet you.
Get in touch and come and meet us. You can be sure of a warm welcome.