The WI has an over 100 year history of campaigning on a wide range of issues from the first resolution in October 1918 that called for WI members to support the Government’s scheme for state-aided housing, to our current campaigns and initiatives. WI campaigns bring WI members together to take action and achieve real change in policy and practice on the issues that we care about.
Follow the links to some of our recent current campaigns and download resources that you can use:
The WI have launched a series of short educational vidoes to start off and facilitate conversations about mental health, as well as guides and external support.
Make Time for Mental Health
The WI’s Make Time for Mental Health campaign aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental ill health and asks for better support for those who need it. It calls on WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental and physical health and to take action to make it is as acceptable to talk about mental health as it is about physical health.
Our Wash and Wear Well checklist outlines small ways you can make a difference in your own life.
End Plastic Soup
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic in our waterways and oceans. Due to their small size the fibres can be ingested by aquatic life and are entering the food chain, the long-term effects of which are unknown.
The WI report, ‘In a Spin‘, explores the contribution of our laundry habits to plastic pollution in the oceans and wider environment.
This campaign aims to ensure that people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness, are identified and have access to the support and assistance they need. The campaign seeks to inspire WI members to take action and raise the profile with local health services.
In 2016 the WI resolved to avoid food waste and address food poverty. As part of this a WI report, ‘Wasted Opportunities‘, detailed ways in which supermarkets can adjust their practices to help consumers reduce food waste in the home.
In the second phase, the WI developed a toolkit with information about food poverty in the UK and possible ways we can work to address the issue.
The WI report, ‘Dementia care in hospital: from the perspective of carers‘ set out actions to adress inadequacies in demential care and support for carers.
Our Carers Welcome campaign calls on all acute and mental health hospitals to take steps to allow families greater access to their loved one while they are on the ward. Whether that’s by extending visiting hours or allowing them to stay overnight, the aim is the same: carer’s are welcome.
In partnership with the Care Quality Commission the WI produced an information leafet about the rights of family carers.
The WI produced a final compaign legacy pack.
During February we show the love and ask members to start new climate conversations, make and share green hearts, and add your voice to the growing number of people who believe the time is now to protect what we love from climate change.
The WI is a founding member of The Climate Coalition, a group of 130 organisations including The National Trust, WWF and Christian Aid, who work to protect what we love from climate change and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling climate change.
The WI train climate change ambassadors to lead converstiaons and actions in their areas.
For practical examples of things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment have a look the SPArkles WI website environment pages.
SOS for Honeybees
The decline of honey bees represents a major loss in biodiversity as honey bees are not only responsible for producing honey, but play a vital role in pollinating plants. Approximately a third of our human diet is directly dependent on bees, making them central to our existence.
Practical things you can do:
- Create a bee haven
- Provide bee nesting sites
- Provide a water source
The WI have hosted Bee Summitts with Friends of the Earth to assess progress on the National Pollinator Strategy as well as develop examples of good practice.
Look at the WI bee leaftet for more ideas.