The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. It is a non-sectarian, a non party-political organisation and is open to all women.

Each individual WI meets a minimum of eleven times a year and is responsible for arranging its own programme of speakers, demonstrations, outings and activities to suit all members. A WI is run by the members for the members. If you would like to join, contact WI House and we will help find a WI for you or help you to start up a new one.

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