Rotary Dinner – 28 November 2022

President Deborah welcomed 8 guests together with our 2 speakers, Sue McKenna, CEO of Trinity Winchester and Hannah Scott, Operations Director of Trinity Winchester.

Rotarian Anne Smith, transferring from Sarum Rotary, joined us as a full member of Winchester Rotary. A warm welcome to Anne. Other attended dinner to find out who we are and what we do as a club.

Before the formalities of the SGM we heard from Tony Catesby, on behalf of Colin Cook, that 561 shoeboxes had been donated locally, (up by 31% on last year) and that in our Rotary District 18,224 had been donated. Sadly, Albania, through a ridiculous amount of export documentation, has made it impossible for the UK to send gifts to the children of Albania. Happily, they are going to the Rotary Club of Lublin, Poland, which will facilitate the onward delivery to children in Ukraine.

Les Haswell reported that during the afternoon he went to the Winchester Hospice to donate a cheque approaching the value of £13,500. This was made possible due to the hard fundraising work of several Winchester-based scout groups. They were given a unique badge which is highly prized, in return for raising a minimum of £30 each. Many exceeded this sum to create such a large amount for the hospice. One of our guests, Richard Mendelsohn, was present to represent the scout groups.

During the formalities of the SGM, Rotarian Les Haswell was nominated President-Elect, following the vacation of the post by Rotarian Clive Cook.

Sue McKenna and Hannah Scott then gave us a very sobering insight into the work of Trinity Winchester’s Women’s Service – Women Empowering Women. The statistics relating to the domestic abuse of women are shocking – here are just a few: 

112 women are killed every year as a result of domestic violence.  Women on average, experience 35 incidents of domestic abuse before seeking help.

Women are 3 times more likely to be injured when pregnant.

Every 6 seconds 9 women are assaulted in their home.

Men in much smaller numbers are victims of domestic abuse. There is also same-sex violence and child-to-parent violence.

Trinity’s Bespoke Women’s Service provides support for women who need help to break free from the traumatic experiences of abusive relationships. Support is delivered by a team of skilled, qualified and specialist support staff – free of charge. In the last year, 115 women accessed these services which include:  One to One counselling, the Support Cafe, the Freedom Programme, Equine Therapy, Self-help Confidence Group, One to One Support and Guidance. Here, women are offered the opportunity to build friendships and a network of support within a safe, non-judgmental environment. Trinity’s new, additional accommodation at Bradbury View provides security and safety for those experiencing homelessness. The house has won three regional and one national award for its overall concept and construction.

Trinity’s vision is ‘Working together for better lives in our community’ In Rotary we also share these values. Let us all support Trinity’s Women’s Service, one of President Deborah’s chosen charities.

Diana Brooks

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