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Projects

Gardening at Leamington station 2013-2016

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For 14 years club member Jacky Graham and her team of helpers looked after the planters at Leamington station. They replaced the bedding in Spring and Autumn and manured, weeded and watered as necessary. As they worked they often received words of appreciation from passengers on the platforms.

Leamington & Warwick Foodbank

For some years the club has collected at each meeting food for the Leamington Christian Mission. Now that organisation has closed we have transferred our gifts to the Warwick & Leamington Food Bank which collects and distributes food through various centres in both towns. www.warwickandleamington.foodbank.org.uk

Womens Refuge

The club supports this organisation with practical gifts of cleaning materials & toiletries and in any other way required www.refuge.org.uk

Reading at Shrublands School

Club members regularly visit Shrublands Primary School in Leamington to help children with their reading. One to one help really encourages the children and introduces them the amazing world of books.

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English Classes for Elderly Asian Ladies
Monday mornings see President Santosh and a small group of members at the Age UK offices in Leamington working with a group of elderly Asian Woman . Most of them have very limited English. We help them with basic language to assist them in shopping, visiting the doctor etc. We also tell them stories about British Culture eg. The story behind “Bonfire Night”. In December we celebrated Christmas with the Nativity Story (translated by President Santosh into Punjabi) mince pies and Christmas Carols. In March we told the Easter story and ate mini-Easter eggs
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Warwickshire Vision Support
The charity provides statutory rehabilitation services within Warwickshire and voluntary support services within Warwickshire and Coventry. Its mission is to help blind and partially sighted people maintain their independence, keep control over their lives and reduce their level of isolation.
The charity’s headquarters are at 5, Charles Court, Budbrooke Road, Warwick CV34 5LZ (prior 2014 it was known as Warwickshire Association for the Blind)
It employs a small team of professional staff who run the statutory rehabilitation services and co-ordinate the work of volunteers . Among its activities are:- 7 Vision Support Centres, 13 social clubs, a Home Visitor Service and most recently it has inaugurated a “Shoppa Hoppa” service to assist with visits to the supermarket. It has an excellent web site www. Warwickshire.Vision.

Leamington Night Shelter

On Saturday evenings a group of members can be found cooking and serving meals to the homeless. The ingredients donated change week by week so there is always a challenge on arrival in deciding the menu and cooking it! Members welcome the opportunity to talk to those visiting the Centre. It is a sobering experience to listen to their experiences

Raising awareness of women’s issues and the profile of Soroptimism

Members have set up stalls in Warwick and Leamington displaying and distributing information on women’s issues and raising the profile of Soroptimism. Members have also helped Kenilworth Soroptimists on their stand at the annual Leamington Peace Festival: this includes publicising the work of the Purple Tear Drop Campaign . This charity works to prevent trafficking of women and girls and to assist those who have been. www.purpleteardrop.org.uk

Warwick Poppies

Members are busy knitting poppies for the display to be mounted at St. Mary’s Church, Warwick in the Autumn. This will commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War. www.warwickpoppies.org.uk

Coffee Mornings

Members annually hold coffee mornings to support Water Aid (March or April) and Macmillan Nurses (September)

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