Covid-19 Covid-19 is affecting absolutely everything in our lives at the moment. Work is ongoing to assess these effects in many areas – mental and physical health, poverty, education are just a few examples. We have learned about a new survey to look at a very specific aspect. Survey Dr Shona Minson is a researcher at the Oxford Law Faculty. She has explored the status of the children of prisoners in English law. She has also engaged directly with children and their carers to explore how their particular situation affects their development. It can be difficult for the children of female prisoners to see their parent. There are few prisons for women in the UK and travel can be long and costly. For more information about this, go to our page on Women in Prison. Dr Minson is now doing a survey on the effects
COVID-19 Experiences Flyer COVID-19 Healthwatch Surrey particularly want the users of health and care services to tell them about their experience in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus). You might want to tell Healthwatch Surrey about your experience of dealing with cancer, or mental health, or having a baby for example. Just go to the Healthwatch Surrey website and select ‘Your Views’. A page will open and you can tell your story (https://www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/your-views/share-your-experiences/), The Healthwatch Surrey website also has a wealth of other information. Discover more about what we’ve been up to lately in our Club News page. For more about our regular projects and activities, go to our Soroptimist Work pages.
Walk the Walk – helping breast cancer victims In November 2020, we helped local reast Cancer charity ‘ Walk the Walk’ to raise £6,000 by taking part in a virtual balloon race across the Serengeti. Look out for our ‘Soroptimist Woking’ balloons flying high over the Serengeti. Surrey Young Carers In May, Woking Lions told us that young carers desperately needed laptops to help them with schooling at home during the Covid-19 crisis, so we made a donation. We were delighted that the money helped two brave youngsters to keep up their schoolwork despite the extra burdens they now have. At the time, Natallie Hoare, Fundraising Manager of Action for Carers Surrey, told us “The laptops you helped us to provide have made doing school work at home easier – they also let them take part in some Zoom social events.” Update
Friendship brings results! Our Friendship Clubs in South Africa are very active. We, along with the other Soroptimist International Clubs in Southern England, have cooperated with them for many years. We have all gained a great deal from these links. First we supported a house for AIDS orphans in Mamelodi, SA. That project has now come to an end. Now, Southern England Region Soroptimists are working with SI Pretoria-Tshwane on the Volunteer Intern Project (VIP). Under the VIP, two young women volunteers from the local area are being funded to work in an educational environment in Atteridgeville. The young women are getting valuable experience and the school benefits too. SI Durban, our other Friendship Link in South Africa, won the National Federation’s ‘Photo of the Month’ competition in April with the wonderful image – the feature photo of this post and reproduced below. We