Soroptimist Club Of Ipswich & District

Credit: Alice Mollon

Like many clubs we have been meeting on Zoom. To commemorate the pleasure – or shock – of seeing each other, we have collected our ‘Lockdown Locks’, photos before and after that longed for haircut! We also had a lot of fun at a virtual pamper evening with Tropics Skin Care.

More seriously, we know that the pandemic has hit people in many different ways. In July, Chloe Lee, Communities Officer at East Suffolk Council, talked about Period Poverty and how it was affecting women and girls of low income during the lockdown. In October, a speaker from Lighthouse Women’s Aid will describe supporting women at risk in their homes.

We have continued to make syringe driver bags for Ipswich Hospital and recently delivered 100 for palliative care and end of life patients.

It is often effective to join forces with other Soroptimists. We have donated to a Soroptimist International Poole project to buy second-hand smartphones to help children in the shanty towns in the Philippines to continue their schooling online during lockdown. We have also paid our contribution to the costs of travelling to a distant school for a bright young South African girl sponsored by the clubs in our region.

Although the news is still all about Covid, we have kept an eye on other issues. We wrote to our MPs asking them to support the Domestic Violence Abuse Bill going through parliament and lobbied widely about the closure of Children’s Centres in Suffolk. We shared initial thoughts about unconscious racism and discussed Greta Thurnberg’s book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, at our September meeting.

So it’s business more or less as usual as we work to better the lives of women and girls.

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