Wandsworth Common WI was formed in October 2016 and became an official branch of WI on 9th February 2017.

Our existing President Amanda Johnson was an instrumental figure in the formation of Wandsworth Common WI.
Formally a member of Balham WI, Amanda recognised the requirement for a dedicated branch situated in Wandsworth common. Having discussed the proposal with several key players within the community, there appeared to be significant interest in the idea.
With the federations blessing, Amanda set the wheels in motion and the branch was officially recognised on the 9th of February 2017.

We are still a small group with members ranging in age from the mid-20s to 80s. There is something for everyone. We all have various skills and interests, but come together once a month to enjoy a wide range of talks and activities. Our members enjoy meeting new people and contributing to the local community.

We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month from 7pm at The Vestry Hall, 10a Wiseton Rd, London, SW17 7EE.

If you require further information about Wandsworth Common WI, please don’t hesitate to message us through our contact page.

More nationalised information on the Women’s Institute in general can be found here

A Brief History of the WI

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 celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs, making it the largest voluntary organisation for women 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.

Recent campaigns include:

  • No More Violence Against Women
  • Women Reaching Women
  • Women and Climate Change
  • Fast Fashion
  • Mission Milk
  • Excess Baggage
  • Fair Deal for Diary Farmers

Recent Mandates/Resolutions

Mental Health Matters (2018)

“Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.”

Plastic soup: 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. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans

Alleviating loneliness (2017)

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance

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 thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK

Increasing organ donation (2014)

“The NFWI notes that 3 people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise”.

Decline of our high streets and town centres (2013)

“The NFWI notes with concern the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities. We call on every member of the WI to support their local shops and make the high street their destination of choice for goods and services. We call on decision-makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure that high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities”.

Employment of more midwives (2012)

“There are chronic shortages of midwives. The NFWI calls on the Government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care”.

The closure of local libraries (2011)

“This meeting urges H.M. Government to maintain support for local libraries, as an essential local educational and information resource”.

COOL (2010)

“This meeting urges HM Government to introduce clear and mandatory country of origin labelling on all meat, poultry and fish products sold in this country”.

SOS for Honey Bees (2009)

“Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health”.

Inappropriate imprisonment of the severely mentally ill(2008)

“In view of the adverse effect on families of the imprisonment of people with sever mental health problems, this meeting urges HM Government to provide treatment and therapy in a more appropriate and secure residential environment”.

Community Hospitals (2007)

“This meeting urges HM Government to stop the closure of Community Hospitals, which provide essential services to local people”.

Renewable Energy (2006)

“This meeting urges all levels of government to put in place legislation and policy requiring the use of renewable energy technologies in all new buildings, re-building and renovation”.

Sport for a Healthy Population (2006)

“This meeting urges HM Government to: recognise that participation in sport is an essential factor in the creation of a healthy population; ensure the re-establishment of competitive (mainstream) sport in the curricula of all schools; and take such steps as are necessary to reverse the decline in the availability of sporting facilities for all citizens, particularly in light of the 2012 Olympics being awarded to the city of London”.

Care of our Environment (2005)

“This meeting calls on WI members to take further action to reduce waste and conserve resources in their own homes and communities; to lobby manufacturers, retailers and decision makers to reduce waste in the production, packaging and transportation of public and consumer goods”.

Farmgate Milk Prices (2005)

“This meeting urges WI members to do all in their power to raise public awareness of the unfair difference between the retail prices of milk and the price paid to the farmer”.

GM Foods (2004)

“In the light of growing evidence that the current generation of GM crops are beneficial for neither people nor planet, this meeting strongly opposes the growing of GM crops in the UK and calls on HM Government to prohibit their cultivation”.

Trafficking (2004)

“In view of the constantly increasing trafficking of human beings, particularly women and children, for sexual exploitation and forced labour, this meeting urges HM Government to put into place legislation to combat trafficking and support victims, and urges all WI members to raise public awareness of this issue”.

Children’s Diet Exercise and Health (2003)

“This meeting views with concern the increase in obesity and diet-related health problems in children, and the associated risk of chronic disease in later life, and urges HM Government to regulate the promotion to children of foods that contribute to an unhealthy diet and to ensure increased opportunities for exercise and practical food education in schools”.