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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula

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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula will celebrate its seventh birthday in June 2016. We are a small group of dedicated women (of all ages and backgrounds) who take pride in team work and mutual respect. We undertake a combination of advocacy, 'hands on' service and fundraising to support our Club projects.You can read more about our current and past projects under the Projects tab. 

Our Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January) at 6.30pm in Mt Lawley. At the conclusion of each meeting we have time for supper and socialising! 

Please contact us for further details.

If you would like more information about Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula, you can contact us here - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Latest News From Maylands Peninsula

SI On the Terrace & SI Maylands Peninsula - Women in WA PrisonsPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Thursday, 14 April 2016

 The State of the Women’s Estate: Women in WA Prisons

Monday, 16th May

6.00pm – 8.00pm

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The number of women in prison is increasing. ABS statistics show that the number of women (per 100,000 female adult population) has risen from 35.3 in 2005 to 52.9 in 2015. The prisons are overcrowded and Aboriginal women are over-represented.  

Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula and On the Terrace invite you to a two hour seminar. The objectives of the seminar are:

·         To provide background information on a range of topics relevant to the current situation of women in prison in     Western Australia

·         To investigate possible directions for action to address key issues

·         To consider the contribution of community organisations in helping address these issues.

Keynote Speaker Neil Morgan, Inspector of Custodial Services, will be joined by other experts including Dr Mandy Wilson (WA Corrective Services Reference Group), Dr Dot Goulding (Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University), Carol Bahemia (Bandyup Action Group) and Paul McMullen (CEO Outcare).

Cost:            Free

Register:      Eventbrite: http://stateoftheestate.eventbrite.com.au 

Date:            Monday 16th May 2016 

Time:           5:30pm for a 6:00pm start

Venue:         Maylands Peninsula Sport and Recreation Club, 50 Clarkson Road, Maylands

Contact:       Penelope Wakefield 0420978002/ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other women’s organisations and organisations with an interest in justice issues have been invited to participate.

Come along and join the discussion.

 

SI Maylands Peninsula - Homeless HealthPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Thursday, 14 April 2016

On Tuesday SI Maylands Peninsula members Dixie, Jill and Carole attended the offices of the ‘Street Health’ nurses in Leederville to deliver the club's first collection of preventative care packs, toiletries, underwear and beanies. The donation was very gratefully received.

Our next drop-off is scheduled for June, and as well as care packs, we will be providing thick winter socks and blankets. Donations gratefully accepted ... especially clean, secondhand blankets.

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SI Maylands Peninsula - Street Health ProjectPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 10 April 2016

Last Sunday members of SI Maylands Peninsula met to celebrate, promote and raise funds for the club's Street Health project. 

There are many homeless people who live on the streets and do not visit Drop In Centres. These people tend to be doing it particularly rough and are even more detached from mainstream health services. Street Health nurses visit places where homeless people are known to congregate and try and gradually engage them in health care. SI Maylands Peninsula is supporting Homeless Healthcare's Street Health program by providing 'preventative care paocks' for women. 100 packs are now ready to be delivered, along with additional donations of socks, thongs and toiletries.

This is an ongoing project for our club, and we are already collecting items for a winter distribution. This includes beanies, gloves and thick socks.

Many thanks to Dixie for hosting this morning's breakfast, the project team for the fabulous breakfast, and Kmart Morley and Air Mauritius for their generous donations. 

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SI Maylands Peninsula - Alternatives to Violence WorkshopsPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Thursday, 09 July 2015
In 2015 SI Maylands Peninsula has partnered with the Alternatives to Violence Project WA to sponsor workshops aimed at reducing violence in the community. The workshops have a focus on creative conflict resolution and introduce participants to the ways of non-violent affirmation of self and others, the communication process and developing a sense of trust and community.

Over the years the club has supported local refuges and assisted women to return to education and the workforce after relationship breakdown. Members felt it was time however, to take a proactive approach to the high incidence of family violence.

The Alternatives to Violence Project began in 1975 in Green Haven Prison in New York. An inmate group began working with youth gangs and teenagers at risk, and this workshop was so successful that requests were received for more, leading to the birth of AVP. AVP is now an independent organisation that conducts hundreds of workshops each year in corrective institutions in Australia, including two prisons in Western Australia. Workshops are also held in the community and a modified version can be presented in schools.

AVP workshops are experiential in nature. They are usually held over two or three days and are led by a team of facilitators. SI Maylands Peninsula has to date sponsored three workshops, the most recent being a Training for Facilitators weekend in early July.  This saw twelve men and women learn and practice the skills required to continue the work of AVP as facilitators themselves. The group comprised Soroptimists, former prisoners, victims of violence, former refugees and interested community members.   

SI Maylands Peninsula was able to source a free venue for each of the workshops through Girl Guides WA and the Association of Independent Schools WA, and AVP now has stand-alone relationships with these organisations. Members also marketed the workshop to other community groups, schools and welfare organisations. In addition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catering was provided by the club.  Participants commented on how the sharing of a meal contributed to community building over the course of the workshops.

As an added bonus a Soroptimist International has almost certainly gained at least one new member, possibly two, from amongst the workshop participants.  

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SI Maylands Peninsula - Oxfam TrailwalkerPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Monday, 12 October 2015

Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula’s Oxfam Trailwalker team took to the Perth hills on the weekend and completed a 50 km trek to raise funds for Oxfam.

Dianne, Jeannine, Carole and Dixie set off at 8.00am on Saturday morning In Chidlow and almost 22 hours later hung up their boots at dawn on Sunday in Lesmurdie. An absolutely amazing effort, especially in temperatures of up to 33°C. Our trekkers have been in training since May, and in that time have garnered sponsorship totally $3175.00 – with more to come.

Oxfam Australia works with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. They promote education, access to clean water, skills to grow food and advocate for basic rights. The funds raised by our team will make a significant difference to people living in poverty around the world.

You can still donate here - https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/my/team/blogs/20580

Interested in participating in 2016 – get in touch!

And finally, many, many thanks to 'Soroptimister' Colin who dispensed, food, water, words of encouragement  - and I suspect bandaids along the way. Well done!

 

 

 

 

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