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 WFWI consists of over 108 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.
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 at home on-line courses offers a wide variety of informative, entertaining shared virtual experiences. From cookery and craft courses, history talks, exercise classes to activities for all the family. All its events and courses are open to both members and non-members.
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.
Pershore WI is the oldest ongoing WI in Worcestershire, celebrating its centenary in 2016.