SI BAROSSA VALLEY INC
The Barossa is one of Australia's prime tourism destinations. World famous for its amazing wine culture and rich passion for food merged with a thriving arts scene and innovative regional development.
We are a Club of 38 active and enthusiastic women who want to make a difference to the lives of women and girls in our own community and across the world. Members come from a wide area, Kapunda to Gawler, and with a diverse range of backgrounds but we all enjoy the close friendships and the challenges of achieving our goals together.
Many of our club projects have received recognition including several awards from the Premier's Association of Community Service Awards.
We meet twice a month. We meet at the Vine Inn in Nuriootpa on the second Monday of the month for our main business meeting and then again on the fourth Monday of the month for a more social get together, dinner and often a guest speaker. We often organise social 'get togethers' throughout the year.
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SI Barossa Valley Club Projects and Activities
SIBV Support Education as the key to advancing the status of women and girls.
- SIBV support The Barossa Young Carer's Programme by providing Scholarships to help these young carers financially enabling them to continue their schooling.
- Contribute to two award prizes to University students; studying Bio-technology (Plant technology), studying Gender Studies.
- Award two prizes to a local high school student and a local primary school student to help towards the cost of their studies.
- Support the local High Schools "Business Week" activities annually with involvement in judging, support the annual "Children's Week"activities, and recently provided funds for a local play group coordinator to attend a training course.
- SIBV Sponsored two children at the Sunrise Children's Village in Cambodia for many years.
SIBV raising awareness of Domestic Violence.
In partnership with NADVS, SIBV has also hosted a Domestic Violence Forum in the Barossa with funding from SPOKE Barossa Valley, Barossa Domestic Violence Advisory Group (DVAG) and SA Police (SAPOL) and run a public awareness campaign, stickers on ‘Dunny Doors’.
Domestic Violence Seminar
SIBV in partnership with the Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service held a half day seminar with guest speaker Sara Wendt. Sara presented her research on Domestic Violence with a focus on rural areas and the NDVS team provided participants with practical information on responding to DV. The seminar was held at the Yalumba Winery conference rooms and was a great success. Keynote Speaker Sarah Wendt along with Elaine and Mel from NDVS provided an insight into the prevalence of domestic violence particularly in rural areas. SIBV Members thank the Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service for their partnership and support in putting on this event and SIBV continue to work with NADVS in raising awareness of DV and in providing services and support.
Mental Health Awareness
Doctors on Campus
SIBV supported the Nuriootpa High School "Docs On Campus" Programme. DOC is an early intervention community partnership of health and education to improve the mental health and wellbeing of school students.
Students are seen at school by a local doctor who makes an assessment, prepares a mental health care plan and refers the young person to a mental health clinician if needed who consults at school.
DOC is free, confidential and addresses the needs of young people and their families, creating a healthy school community. 1 in 5 people will experience mental health issues at some stage. DOC is an early intervention model to help to bring the issues of mental health to the open.
"Beating the Winter Blues"
A mental health and wellbeing forum, "Beating the Winter Blues" was a highly successful event. Organised by SIBV in partnership with other local community services. It was designed for anyone to come along who interested in maintaining good mental health or to learn about living with and caring for someone with a mental illness.
Emotional Well Being Forum
The forum was a great success covering topics of Problem Gambling, Financial Counselling, Anger Management for young adults, adolescents and children, Drug and alcohol abuse, Mental Health GP, Suicide Prevention strategies. Soroptimist International was the lead agency in partnership with Gawler Lions, Gawler Council, Light regional Council, Gawler and Light Rotary, Inner North Country Health, Relationships Australia, and Adelaide Rd. Medical Centre Gawler.
The Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen is a community project supported by SIBV and the Uniting Church Nuriootpa. It is held at the House of Hope every Thursday from 5pm till 7pm. There is great support from the wider community and an amazing band of volunteers including SIBV members, Uniting Church Nuriootpa members and community members volunteer to make and serve meals and The Barossa Kind Hearted Kitchen have been a huge support.
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Through our International Women's Day breakfast SIBV has been able to provide funds to Catherine House for their programmes to "Educate Women Out Of Homelessness". Support has also been given to Louise Place a 24-hour Supported Accommodation Service that supports young parents, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, during their pregnancy and in the early months of parenting.
The IWD Breakfast has raised awareness of, and has supported the UN Women's Programmes, the Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service and other community projects.
International Women's Day
SIBV celebrate International Women's Day each year with a 'Breakfast in the Barossa'. Our guest speakers at the breakfast have included Kelly Sloane, Poh Ling Yeow, Leigh McLusky, Rebecca Graham, renown author Fiona Mcintosh and Kate Taylor from the 2h Project.
Our latest speaker Jess Greatwich (pictured) spoke to a sell out crowd with the theme “tangible solidarity”.
“There’s the opportunity for women to be more visible in society and in business, that can be a catalyst for making changes,” said Jess.
Keep an eye on the SI BarossaValley Facebook Page for announcement of this annual event and ticket sales. Funds raised from this annual event support our projects both local and international.
Women's Business Forum
This initiative by SI Barossa Valley aimed at giving rural women the opportunity to attend a seminar a little closer to home, to build on their professional skills, listen and learn from inspirational guest speakers sharing their own experiences and make contact with other like minded women. The successful half day seminar included a workshop, keynote speakers, morning tea and lunch and we're looking forward to planning similar forums in future.
Essential Care Packs
Items including soap, shampoo, a tooth brush and shaving kits are out together into an "Essential Care Pack" and delivered to the Angaston and Tanunda Hospitals.
The packs are given to people who find themselves admitted to hospital unexpectantly without basic hygiene items and to those without family or other support networks.
Optima Oil Production
A fun day picking local olives kindly donated to our club. The olives are processed into oil and members spend another day bottling the oil. Our own locally designed label is put on the oil which is then sold as a fund raiser to support our Soroptimist local and international Projects.
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
SIBV had held a fabulous Melbourne Cup Luncheon for many years as a fundraiser to help support Soroptimist local and international Projects.
It's always a sell out and always loads of fun. Contact details and ticket sales are announced through our facebook page around September each year.
Quiz Nights and film nights
Always a fun time! We hold these events at various times to support our Soroptimist local and international Projects.
Days for girls
Days for Girls International is a not-for-profit organisation who aim to create a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene.
SIBV support the Kapunda Sewing Group who sew feminine hygeine kits for Days for Girls, to be sent to girls in Africa (Uganda) so that they can have access to both education and dignity.
Other Hands On Activities
Members continue to volunteer time to support KESAB, the Barossa Bush Gardens and the Driver Reviver initiatives. We also regularly collect items of non perishables to donate to Barossa Community Care.
SI Barossa Valley News
SIBV AND NADVS WALK THE TALK
SIBV partner with the Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service during the UN's 16 Days of Activism in Nov each year. A stall is held at the Barossa Farmers Market with information brochures on services available in the area. Generous donations to the NADVS donation box go towards programmes and services for victims of DV. The event promotes awareness of Soroptimist International and NADVS as strong advocates for the campaign against Domestic Violence.
Guest speakers at our recent club meeting
Michelle Stott from Habitat for Humanity South Australia and Sam Jones sharing her story as a volunteer and a home partner.
ACSO Award for SIBv young carers scholarships programme
SIBV were thrilled to receive the award for their Barossa Young Carer's Scholarship Programme. Initiated in 2014 the programme helps Young Carers in the Barossa Area, the majority still attending school and caring for a sibling, parent or grandparent to continue their education.
Service Club Week Celebrated
Service Club week was celebrated with the official launching of a Service Club directory at the Gawler Country Women’s Association Hall by the Chair of the Association of Community Service Organisations and member of SIBV, Ms Kath Gribble (pictured centre). The directory, which promotes the work undertaken by service clubs in the Light electorate area, has been prepared by local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo.
Walking The City-Bay in support of the Zahra Foundation
Soroptimists walked the City-Bay in support of the Zahra Foundation. The Zahra Foundation Australia was initiated by Zahra’s children and Central Domestic Violence Service to support women and their children to live a life free of violence and attain economic independence.
wonderful support for white ribbon in the barossa valley
SIBV supporting the Masters Football match between Barossa and Gawler & Districts. The fellows looked great in their black socks – both teams with the White Ribbon logo! Spreading the message of no tolerance of violence against women. In 2018 the Gawler Districts AFL Masters footy club will stage their 3rd annual White Ribbon Round where players on both teams wear “I Swear” socks for the game as a sign of unity against mens violence towards women. The teams also swear the White Ribbon Oath. Community projects such as this are so important in the process of change. Acknowledgement goes to The Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Foundation and their grants committee who supported our project and of course the the wonderful Gawler Districts AFL Masters footy club.
SIBV Wins Premier's Community Education Award.
Our Responding to Domestic Violence project has won the ACSO Premier's Award in the category of Community Education. The purpose of this project was to raise awareness of domestic violence and to educate government and non-government workers how to respond appropriately to victims of domestic violence. SIBV Members thank the Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service for their partnership and support in putting on this event. SIBV continues to work with NADVS in raising awareness of DV and in providing services and support.
Adelaide Girls Choir performs in Tanunda.
Hosted by Barossa Valley Soroptimists, a fabulous event of beautiful singing, vibrant staging and choreographed routines. The girls were billeted by Soroptimist and community members. Funds raised will support the Barossa Valley Soroptimist Young Carers Scholarships.
SIBV Optima Oil
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SI Barossa Valley Events