South Perth Inc (32 members)
Chartered: 23 Oct 1998
About South Perth Inc
Soroptimist International of South Perth is active in the local, national and international communities. We welcome new members, guests and volunteers who would like to join us in helping transform the lives of women and girls.
Family Foundations Service
SISP has supported the Family Foundations Service, which assists families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, since its inception. The program provides meals, material assistance, psychological and emotional support, referral and education assistance. We assist with practical items such as underwear and socks, raincoats and warm clothing for winter, school items, food vouchers and multiriders. Our members hold 'story time' for the children providing books and a computer for older children to play games or do their homework. Leading up to holidays we donate Easter eggs and Christmas gifts for the children, Christmas hampers for the families and also volunteer at the family Christmas Party in mid-December. While much of the food for the event is donated, our role is to help with food preparation in the kitchen, decorate the dining room and tables, serve the meals and distribute presents to the children. The event is always very much appreciated by the recipients and is equally as enjoyable for our members.
SISP supports the work of Starick through a major fundraising breakfast and provision of personal items throughout the year, as well as essential food hampers at Christmas time. We have a member on the Starick Board which works alongside women and children to support their recovery from the impact of family and domestic violence, rebuild their lives, establish long-term housing and independence and to link in to their communities. Starick also provides education and raises awareness of prevention in the wider community.
Girls for Girls
This project is being run by our newest SISP member in conjunction with young women in the South Perth area. The project is focused on
- Bringing together young women in the community: create an open, supportive environment for girls to make new friends.
- Networking and mentoring: give girls the opportunity to learn from other young women, and have a network of people within SISP and their network they can turn to for advice.
- Learn new skills: develop important life skills that are important for all young women to learn through themed informational sessions at each group gathering.
- Support women in need through charity donations: create a mindset of giving and supporting those in need through organising fundraising events and volunteering in the community.
Overall, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to this project from young women in the area. Moving forward they will continue promotion to local high schools and start running monthly Sunday gatherings. Mentors are being sourced from within SISP, a wonderful way to engage with young Soroptimists and support them at the beginning of their careers. If you are interested in being part of this group please contact us. https://www.facebook.com/GirlsForGirlsGroup/
Working with the community and Curtin FM, SISP collected donations of stationery items to fill 300 school packs to assist grandparents who are currently caring for their grandchildren. Many of the grandcarers are vulnerable members of the community who have experienced family conflict, trauma and extreme hardship. Most grandcarers are women and 42% of grandmothers who are carers are single, living on the aged pension and trying to care for one or more grandchildren.
Our goal is to run this program as an annual event to connect with some of the Curtin FM listeners who donated this year and other members of the community. To this end, a Facebook page has been set up 'School Packs Project'. https://www.facebook.com/School-Packs-Project-146052589364563/. Click on and support this page by like/follow/share the page to maximise exposure.
Beanies for the Homeless
During the year our members knit and collect beanies, scarves and blankets to distribute to the homeless of Perth through a wide network of agencies that directly serve the needs of the homeless. Many SI Clubs, community craft groups and organisations contribute items for this project. This year we distributed over 1,000 beanies and each year this number grows.
Education and Extra-Curricula Scholarships
SISP provides local assistance in various ways to young people needing funds for choir scholarships, school camps, sporting camps, and schooling needs. Internationally we support schools in Bali and Malawi. Local secondary school students are sponsored to attend the International Women's Day Breakfast each year.
SISP is active in the local community with Board members on Southcare and South Perth Senior Citizens Centre. Through these groups we provide Mothers Day flowers, assistance at Christmas time and wreaths for ANZAC Day. Additonally, each year our members volunteer their services to the South Perth City Council for the Australia Day Celebration Zone.