The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK and provides women with educational opportunities, the chance to build new skills and friendships and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The WI is a democratic, social and education charity based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. Members include women of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
The Worcester Federation of WIs (WFWI)
The WFWI consists of over 120 individual WIs in towns and villages across the county each meeting monthly with a wide programme of events. Many WIs have additional groups e.g. craft clubs, reading groups or walking groups for members with similar interests.
Resources for WI members
Members can access My WI for support and resources to organise and run their WI. They will also find information of current and historical WI campaigns; communication tools; projects, skills and inspiration in crafts, cookery, floral art, culture and science, sport and wellbeing.
Members also have access to on-line training resources and courses that include digital resources, food safety, information for climate ambassadors and training in a variety of skills to support WIs.
Denman is the WI’s residential centre of learning in Oxfordshire. It offers a wide variety of workshops, events, summer schools and over 650 cookery, craft and lifestyle residential and day courses providing a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills. All its events and courses are open to both members and non-members
Lucy Hingley Memorial Lecture
Miss Lucy Hingley was the WFWI Chair from 1920 to 1931. After her death a memorial fund was set up which endowed a bed at Worcester Royal Infirmary and enabled an Annual Memorial Lecture on women’s health and science which continues to this day.
Keep an eye on our What’s On page for details of the event that usually runs in spring/summer.
The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)
The ACWW is an international charity that champions rural women and their families through education, training, and community development programmes, as well as mutual support, friendship and practical help. The NFWI has been affiliated to the ACWW since its formation in 1933.
The ACWW funds group projects on literacy, health education, nutrition, home economics, agriculture, income generation, water and sanitation, leadership and entrepreneurship. It also funds individual scholarships in social and community welfare. The organisation has a membership of nine million in 75 counties worldwide.
Celebrating the WI in Worcestershire for 100 years
Pershore WI is the oldest ongoing WI in Worcestershire, celebrating its centenary in 2016.