Maylands Peninsula Inc (17 members)
Chartered: 06 Jun 2009
About Maylands Peninsula Inc
Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula acknowledges that they meet on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people, and pay their respect to elders past, present and emerging. We 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.
Women in Prison
This is a joint initiative with SI on the Terrace and Si South Perth and originated from concern about the deplorable condition of women’s incarceration in Western Australia. The overarching aims of the project are:
• To improve the conditions for women in Western Australian prisons, and
• To reduce the number of women incarcerated
Following a successful forum in 2016, the Women in Prison group held a one day conference on 27th September 2017 at the University of Western Australia. Speakers were carefully selected to help participants better understand:
• The lived experiences of women in prison
• The drivers of incarceration of women (especially for Aboriginal women – whose situation has been described as a ‘national crisis’)
• How we might more effectively bring about change.
The Conference was fortunate to draw three internationally recognised Keynote speakers (Dr Hannah McGlade, Emeritus Professor Patricia Eastel and Dr Hilde Tubex), as well as speakers with experience of living and working within the prison system.
There are many homeless people who live on the streets of Perth 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 packs' for women. Each pack contains socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, combs and other personal hygiene items. We also provide thongs, sunscreen and insect repellent in the summer months and blankets and beanies during Winter.
SOS (Starting Over Support)
Starting Over Support (SOS) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides free furniture and household goods to people who are moving from crisis care into their own home. People are referred to SOS by crisis refuges, government and non-government agencies. SOS is run entirely by volunteers and funding is via donations, sponsorship and grants. Our members help by sorting goods that arrive at the SOS warehouse, volunteering at garage sales and providing items that are in high demand with SOS clients.
One of the projects that SI Maylands Peninsula has been involved in for several years is Kiva. Kiva crowdfunds loans for borrowers in more than 80 countries who are often financially excluded and can’t access other fair and affordable sources of credit. Kiva borrowers work in many industries. They may be farmers, artisans, students, shopkeepers, builders or restaurant owners. Many Kiva borrowers work multiple jobs to generate enough income to support their families. Kiva is a non-profit organization that’s earned a 4 out of 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. They cover two-thirds of their operating costs through voluntary donations made by Kiva lenders. The remainder of their costs is covered through grants and donations from foundations and supporters.
In 2018 we have also supported a number of organisations including 100 Women and Mbwadzulu Primary School (Malawi). We are also be reviewing and renewing our Reconciliation Action Plan.