Gardening at Leamington station 2013-2016
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
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
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
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
Members annually hold coffee mornings to support Water Aid (March or April) and Macmillan Nurses (September)