Formed in 1915, the Women’s Institute was originally brought to life 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 National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) is responsible for running the organisation as a whole. Its headquarters are located in Parsons Green, London and there is also an office in Cardiff for NFWI-Wales. The NFWI employs around 90 staff, headed by a General Secretary.
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.
The WI is here to inspire you – We inspire women through experiences, knowledge and skills. These are passed down through generations and continually updated to reflect the lives of women today.
The WI is everything you want it to be – Whatever your reason for joining, we offer all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of women. For some, it’s a chance to meet people and catch up with friends. For others, it’s a way to learn valuable life skills and make a difference in their communities through WI campaigns.
The WI is what you make of it – WIs come in all shapes and sizes and our members can be involved in the way that suits them.
Find out more about the history of the WI and the current activities of the NFWI on their website https://www.thewi.org.uk/