Soroptimist International of Ilkley

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Soroptimist International is a global organisation making a difference to the lives of Women and Girls across the world .We work globally, nationally and locally. Soroptimist International is committed to a world where Women and Girls achieve their collective potential, realise aspirations ,and have an equal voice in creating, strong, peaceful communities worldwide Locally we provide ongoing support over many years for community such as :the local talking newspaper, Insight which supports those visually impaired and Bradford Women’s Refuges. Some examples of our recent projects both worldwide and more local are: Supporting, through fundraising our Soroptimist Club in Kathmandu to rebuild schools and provide a safe environment after the Nepal earthquake Raising funds annually for Breast Cancer Now Working with the Bradford Together Women Project ,( for women trying to rebuild their lives) through Fundraising and holding Knit and Natter Sessions and provisions of Welcome packs of essential supplies for those who need the basics on arrival International Women’s Day event at Ilkley bandstand in partnership with Fairtrade Ilkley to support women coffee growers. Every Voice Counts : a life writing/story telling project . website .We are involved in the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe and in October 15 held an event Sharing Stories /Changing lives Our Future Footprint: a climate change project Blog Activism against violence against women : a continuous project to raise awareness on abuse, trafficking , grooming and other forms of abuse

1.  How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We have already had a very good number of our members undergo a Dementia Friends Awareness Session.  We ensure that members are aware of future sessions and ask them to pass information to family and friends. We are involved in Dementia Friendly Week and support Dementia Friendly Action Ilkley  both at their start up meetings and events at Information Events  around Ilkley. We have also provided a small sum from our club fundraising sum to help with publicity. We include our work on Dementia Awareness in our club reports to our Yorkshire Region as well as our Project Reports to our International Federation. We meet at the Clarke Foley a Dementia Friendly building. We have had The Alzhiemers Society as our Charity for the Year 2015/16 and raised almost £1000. We have had speakers from the Alzheimers Society to our Club Meetings to further raise our awareness. We have invited visitors to these to help widen awareness. We have a good profile in our Community and can help to promote DFIA.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We will strive to ensure that our meetings can cater for any member or guest living with Dementia to feel comfortable at our meetings. This is not so much a problem as a challenge.

We should continue to raise our own awareness and keep up to date with