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About S.I. Leigh

The Leigh club is a friendly welcoming group of women from a diverse range of occupations. We have a common interest in making a difference in our community and in the wider world, through Service and Fund Raising activities. We also have a social aspect to the club which creates Fun and Friendship within the club. Each member is on one of the club committees and is encouraged to attend Soroptimist Regional Meetings, which offer the spread of information and exchange of ideas. The Regional Programme Action meetings are also held on the same day, so members can attend either or both. As these meetings are currently held in Leigh at the Sports Village Complex this is very convenient for us!

  • Programme Action
  • Fun and Friendship
  • FUNd Raising
  • Membership
  • Finance

As a member of Soroptimist International you have the opportunity to form FRIENDSHIPS with other members in your club, in your country and throughout the world. Soroptimist International has around 80,000 members and clubs in at least 120 countries. Projects often link countries and clubs through friendship and giving service. Soroptimist membership connects women - to each other, to their local communities, nationally and globally.

Our Work

Clubs choose projects to work on that tackle one of the five Programme Areas identified by Soroptimist International:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food Security and Healthcare
  • Violence and Conflict Resolution


Conferences: As part of the Great Britain and Ireland Federation there is a 3 day conference each year where keynote speakers are invited to address delegates. As there are 30 countries in our Federation this can mean they have an international flavour.

Annual Joint Region Conference

South Lancashire region joins with Northern England and Isle of Man for an annual Joint Regional Conference, which is a weekend with speakers on a particular theme or project work, with time for some Fun and Friendship between members. This conference is hosted alternate years by each region.



Some of the outside organisations we are involved with:

Green Grass Project in Atherton


Working with Green Grass in Atherton S.I. Leigh member Josie Carter is a volunteer and is involved with the funding process.



The Breast Cancer Now West Lancashire (Leigh) group of voluntary fundraisers was started in August 2003.  Two club members are on the committee. The group has raised a large amount of money with fund-raising events and S.I. Leigh has made a substantial contribution through our club fundraising events.  The proceeds of our Bra Collection campaign have gone to this very worthwhile cause. We have recycled 28,000 bras with the proceeds going to the charity. 


Heritage Group

formerly E.T.N.A. a local community network, alongside other local groups. Topics and other information have included the development of the Leigh Sports Village, Bickershaw regeneration and the Greenheart Project.