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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula celebrated its fifth birthday in June 2014. 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 Lacey Street, Perth. At the conclusion of each meeting we have time for supper and socialising! 

We do occasionally change our meeting date and venue, so please check before attending.

If you would like further 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 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 - 'Great Clothing Sort'PrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Members of SI Maylands Peninsula spent Saturday afternoon sorting clothes in the sunshine at our member Barbara's home. Family, friends and work colleagues donated hundreds of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories to the club over the last month. All items are being delivered this week to women's refuges, drop-in centres for the homeless and other organisations supporting those in need.

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SI Maylands Peninsula Opera in the Ballroom 2015PrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 08 March 2015

SI Maylands Peninsula is pleased to announce that our popular fundraiser

'Opera in the Ballroom'

is back for 2015.

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN!

Follow this link to the Opera website - http://operaintheballroom.webs.com/

or go straight to Trybooking to choose your seats - http://www.trybooking.com/48057

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SI Maylands Peninsula - Reconciliation Action Plan LaunchPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 26 October 2014

   Reconciliation Action Plan Launch 

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As a result of our October 2013 planning meeting SI Maylands Peninsula formed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to develop a RAP in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia. A RAP is a business plan that documents what we will do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. We were conscious of the lack of understanding and awareness about Aboriginal society and the large imbalances between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, especially women and girls in areas of health, education, incarceration, incidence of domestic violence and life expectancy. 

We felt that Soroptimist International could take a lead in addressing this lack of knowledge though an advocacy campaign which could also serve to make people aware of our mission and values while promoting reconciliation.

Our RAP outlines practical actions we will take to build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. We anticipate that by building positive relationships we will empower Aboriginal women, undertake projects alongside them (not for them), and in turn reduce racism and stereotypes. We also hope to gain Aboriginal membership as a result.

We look forward to other Soroptimist clubs and community groups considering developing Reconciliation Action Plans. Although our RAP was only endorsed and launched on 23 August, we have already experienced positive outcomes from the process. Groundwork at club level has engaged all members in debate about reconciliation and provided opportunities to meet and share with Aboriginal women. 

The launch involved all clubs in the Western Australian Region, and feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Soroptimists are now considering their own relationships with Aboriginal women and what they can do develop them.

In August 2015 we will report against our goals to Reconciliation Australia and implement the next stage of the project - an Innovate RAP - where we will jointly, with Aboriginal women trial programs and initiatives of mutual benefit.

Highlights of the launch were a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country by a local Noongar Elder, Associate Professor Simon Forrest, and young women from Lockridge Senior High School’s Follow the Dream both performing and sharing their hopes and aspirations with us.

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Photos courtesy of Denise Smithson - thank you!

 

 

SI Maylands Peninsula - Reconciliation Action PlanPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Saturday, 17 May 2014

We were privileged to have special guests at our last meeting - Roni Forrest (Coordinator of Future Footprints, Association of Indepdendent Schools WA), Associate Professor Simon Forrest (Elder in Residence at Curtin University) and Tamika Townsend (Reconciliation Australia). Roni, Simon and Tamika generously shared their knowledge and experience with us, and it looks like we will be on track to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan in a few months. The evening finished with a bush tucker inspired supper and lots of yarning!

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 Follow this link for further information about Reconcilation Action Plans -

 http://www.reconciliation.org.au/

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