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                              Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula

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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula celebrated 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.

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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula acknowledges that they meet on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people, and pay their respect to elders both past and present. 

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 They also acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education and empowerment of women and girls in this country we all live in and share together. 

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Latest News From Maylands Peninsula

SI Maylands Peninsula & SI On the Terrace - Not Just a CanvasPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Monday, 21 November 2016
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The SI Maylands Peninsula and SI On the Terrace Women in Prison Project team met recently with Carolyn Lewis, Chair of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA (DICWC WA). Carolyn told us about Not Just a Canvas.

Not Just a Canvas is a healing arts project that acknowledges the deaths in custody of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago. Phase 1 of the project focuses on the more than 100 Aboriginal deaths in custody in Western Australia since the Royal Commission finished its hearings, with the intention that other states will follow should this pilot project get up and running.

The project aims to 'bring life back' and support families who have experienced severe loss and grief through the unexplained deaths of family members.

Each family member will be given the opportunity to design their own personal canvas that reflects their loved one. The DICWC WA - Not Just a Canvas project will be a collective piece of living history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody. This collection will be displayed at appropriate times and at the request of families.

Please contact Carolyn Lewis from DICWC WA on 0418 905 784 should you wish to support this project in any way.

More information about the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee can be found here - www.deathsincustody.org.au

 

SI Maylands Peninsula - 2017 Project PlanningPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 20 November 2016

SI Maylands Peninsula members enjoyed a very successful planning meeting in October. As well as continuing existing projects, we plan to support the following organisations in 2017 -

Madjitil Moorna Choir
Tina's Kindy (Kenya)
100 Women
Mbwadzulu Primary School (Malawi)

We have also planned 'Days of Service' where we undertake a whole group 'hands-on' project. Our first day will have a local environmental focus.

Stay tuned for more information, as well as some innovative fundraisers. 

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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 - 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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