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International Women's Day Breakfast March 2017

Welcome to the web site for
Soroptimist International of Lewes and District
Chartered on 8th July 2012

Soroptimist International is a vibrant organisation for  women

Would you like to:

  • Develop global friendships

  • Improve the lives of women and girls

  • Have fun

  • Network

  • Develop new skills

  • Belong to a family-friendly club

  • Help local, national and international communities?

Then consider becoming a member of the
LEWES & DISTRICT CLUB

Come along and say Hi and meet us at the International Women's Day event @ The Brighton Dome on Saturday 5th March. We will welcome you to our stall and give you information about what we Soroptimists do locally and internationally. For more info on the event go to:

https://brightoninternationalwomensday.org

We hope to see you there!

Art Classes for Foster Children in East Sussex

The Lewes club have continued their partnership with the East Sussex Foster Carers Association helping to support the foster parents and children with learning activities and therapies. Since the autumn a new member of our club who is an art teacher has been running Saturday morning art classes for foster children once a month. The classes give the parents a few hours off and the children a chance to explore their creative talents some of whom have proved to be especially gifted and keen. Each class has a theme, the February class was Dragons. Below are some of the wonderful art pieces produced.

Maureen donates her time and the Lewes club helps with the materials.
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Lewes and Eastbourne Soroptimists were delighted to be able to take part in the East Sussex Foster Children's Christmas party on Sunday 5th December for the eighth year following last years covid break. Despite wearing masks we had a great time with the children who wrote the cards and labels while club members wrapped the presents the children had chosen for their foster parents to take home and put under the tree. It was very lucky the party was early before the new variant made it impossible to have such a big gathering. We always love catching up with the children and meeting new ones and helping them choose the presents donated by club members or bought with funds raised. We hope to continue this rewarding relationship with the Foster Carers Association who do a wonderful job putting on so many activities for foster children in East Sussex.
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Lewes Soroptimists kicked off an appeal for football boots and trainers on behalf of the "Mother of Millions" project in Zambia at their May zoom meeting where Faith Kalungia founder of the project gave an inspirational talk.

"Mother of Millions"
was set up and is run by an inspirational woman called Faith. The project supports the children of women incarcerated in Zambia. These children are imprisoned alongside their mothers and are left without schooling or leisure activities. Faith started this project to teach and care for those children, some of whom have never seen life outside a prison. She also continues to support them when they leave the prison but their mothers are still inside.

One of the activities Faith runs for the children is football but suitable footwear is in short supply and the children are often playing in bare feet.

Can you help?

We are collecting football boots and trainers (new, nearly new or very good used condition) in children and young adult sizes. If you can collect boots and trainers from your community please get in touch with me via Email and to arrange collection. v.gajic@gmail.com

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Soroptimist Speaker in New Drama on Radio 4,
21st June 2pm
Song of Reed staring Mark Rylance and Sophie Okonedo

Ella Dorman-Gajic, poet, script writer, actor and daughter of a Lewes Club Soroptimist has been a regular speaker at the club's meetings. Most recently performing her poems and hosting the International Women's Day Zoom meeting on 8th March.
She has recently recorded the radio 4 drama with Sophie Okonedo and Mark Rylance about a nature reserve in Norfolk and its imminent demise. It fits with the environment theme of the region this year. It is in four parts on each equinox of the year. Do listen out for it. It will also be on catch up if you don't hear it live.

BBC Radio 4 - Drama, Song of the Reed: Swallowtail

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East Sussex Foster Care Association were privileged to receive a very generous donation of over 80 copies of “the Emotion Game”. These type Games are increasingly recognised as a fun but therapeutic way to support young people’s mental health and are going in popularity. Thanks to the generously discounted offer from Focus Games in Glasgow the Lewes and Eastbourne Soroptimist’s International managed to pull together and present East Sussex Foster Care Association trustees with the packs.

The Emotion Game is a simple card game designed to help children identify, manage and understand their emotions. It is designed to help children express how they feel; and think about ways to actively deal with any difficult feelings.

These games have been distributed throughout ESFCA foster families across East Sussex where they will help looked after children as they return to school, adjust to school transitions, as well as the struggle with lockdown conditions and social distancing.

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Lewes Soroptimists walking the Seven Sisters on International Women's Day

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