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A report about the International Year of Disabled People Committee presented by County of South Glamorgan and South Glamorgan Intervol. The report gives an account of volunteering opportunities initiated by the three sub-committees, formed in 1980, of South Glamorgan Intervol.

The first extract shows the Sports and Culture Sub-Group chairman Mr M G Davies reporting on page 8 about the work of volunteers from Ely Hospital, who participated in various voluntary initiatives such as coffee mornings and a Christmas Fayre to raise funds for a refurbishment of the Ely swimming pool, or taking up photography as a hobby. The pages 10-11 list major events held during the International Year of Disabled People, the pages 16-17 feature a list of allocated funds to voluntary organisations, and the pages 18-19 list names of groups and people presented with medallions, amongst them is the Grangetown PHAB Club.

South Glamorgan Intervol was part of International Soroptimist Federation, and was active since 1980s. It then became registered as a Limited Company without share in 1991, working at Shand House, Fitzalan Place until it dissolved in December 1998.

Soroptimist International is the largest worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions, with more than 3000 clubs in over 120 countries. Soroptimists work on projects to advance human rights and the status of women. The organisation's main ideals are: the advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards, human rights for all, equality, development and peace through international goodwill, understanding and friendship.

The Cardiff branch of the Soroptimists was established in 1950, as the Soroptimist Club of Cardiff and District. The founder President, Miss B G Sneyd, was presented with the group's charter at a dinner at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, in the December of that year. The group's insignia of a chain and badge were presented by a member of the mother club at Swansea. Initially, the group comprised 29 members drawn mainly from the world of education. By 1982, this had increased to 48. The Cardiff club has been represented at almost every International Convention since 1950, and delegates have also attended Conferences of the Soroptimists Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. Four members have held office on the Federation, and five have held regional office in South Wales. Soroptimists International Cardiff and District contribute a great deal to fundraising and community service within Cardiff. A notable example is the Cardiff Soroptimists Housing Association. Established in 1954, the Association's aim was to provide flats and apartments to retired women of limited means. The group continued to work through the Association until 1996, when it was merged with the Cadwyn Housing Association.

Glamorgan Archives, D220/9
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Ref: Glamorgan Archives, D220/9

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