WI Values
The Women’s Institute organisation is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. Originally operating in rural and agricultural communities, WI has evolved to embrace the interests of women in all walks of life.
All women who are interested in the values and purposes of the Women’s Institute organisation may join, no matter what their views on religion or politics may be.

The organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WI's are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status.

WI Campaigns
Formed in 1915, the WI has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of issues.
WI campaigns are about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members.
Members are at the heart of the WI and play a central role in bringing issues onto the WI's national agenda through our public affairs and campaigning.
From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn't shy away from tricky issues.

WI Membership
As a WI member, you'll enjoy a varied programme of activites, speakers and events. All members contribute
towards the annual schedule, so the options are only limited by your imagination!  Each WI holds 11 meetings every year and there's various regional and national level events to get involved in.

Membership for 2019 will be £42 for the year. This amount decreases each quarter.

Guests are welcome to come along to "try before you buy" for up to 3 visits at £5 each.

See our full 2019 programme

Mental Health Matters (2018)

Mental health matters as much as physical health.

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Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans (2017)

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans.

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Alleviating loneliness (2017)

This resolution calls on every WI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness.

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Avoid food waste, address food poverty (2016)

The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities.

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Increasing organ donation (2014)

This resolution called on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known.

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Decline of our high streets and town centres (2013)

This resolution focuses on the concerns around the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities.

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A really friendly group. Very happy to be a member of Wandsworth Common WI.Anon,
Wine tasting with Carla is always a fun evening and very informative.Anon,
The talk on English cheeses was very interesting and light-hearted. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.AmandaPresident, WCWI