Welcome to Soroptimist International Plymouth and District

Welcome to our home page.  Soroptimist International Plymouth & District  was founded in 1930 by Dr Mabel Ramsay and one of the 34 founder members was Nancy Lady Astor.

Our group are from all walks of life, determined to make a difference.  We are a force to be reckoned with as we enthusiastically and tirelessly work to support and inspire women and girls.

We are a very friendly group of women of all ages and all backgrounds view our gallery and being a Soroptimist is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.  As well as fund raising, lobbying Parliament and raising awareness of various issues, Soroptimist International are the world’s leading international women’s organisation having two representatives on the U.N council.

But it’s not all work and no play as our group also have plenty of informal social gatherings throughout the year such as a visit to Thorntons Chocolates, walks on Dartmoor and cream teas. Every month we have a supper meeting with wide ranging guest speakers .

Local projects supported by the Plymouth members include the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Trevi House (a drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit) and the Plymouth Women’s Refuge. More information about our current and past projects can be found from this link.

To find out more about SI Plymouth & District,  come and talk to us at one of our events or ring us on 01752 774401 for an informal chat.  You would also be very welcome to come along to some of meetings which are held at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month with no obligation to join.

What does Soroptimist mean?

The name Soroptimist comes from the Latin ‘soro’ meaning sister and ‘optima’ meaning best – the best for women.  Which is our aim by Enabling, Empowering and Educating women and girls all over the world.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation working to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 80,000 members in 124 countries.

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 8000 members in 350 Clubs in 28 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta.  These clubs work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

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Who we are

  Formed in 1930, we are a worldwide voluntary organisation of women working through projects to advance human rights and status for women. There are more than 3,000 Soroptimist clubs in over 124 countries. We are improving the lives of

What we do

At a local level, we have many fund raising events through the year for our various projects which we call Programme Action.  The money raised from these events goes into our local project account so we ensure that every penny

When and where

We meet first and third Wednesday of the month at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth.  See our full Diary here.

Are you interested in joining us?

We are always looking for new members.

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