Welcome to the Scottish Women’s Institutes. Scotland’s leading member based organisation created by women in 1917, designed to bring women together, with a vision to welcome every woman in Scotland to join us.

We are here to educate, to share, to campaign, to learn, to socialise, to build a community and of course, to have fun.

From life skills and arts and crafts to raising awareness of current affairs affecting women and helping inform government issues, the SWI is proud of its heritage and our future vision.

Be part of the SWI. Join us to learn how to make that perfect scone… and a bit more too!

Womankind By SWI sessions - What's on in June

Womankind by SWI sessions are free and open to all. These skill share sessions, expert talks, information Sessions and Activity Sessions all help keep us connected and learning through these difficult times.   Information on the June sessions can be seen on the photo on the right.   Events marked 'A' are at 2pm and 'E' are at 7pm. 

June's Womankind by SWI events will include a month-long guide to crochet by Sandhead Institute's Annette Torbet - join us each Tuesday throughout June to learn new stiches, tips and techniques – suitable for everyone no matter your experience!

There will also be expert talks by ex-National President Linda, Retson, who will tell us all about her time at the helm of the SWI, and Hazel from Expert Touch will wow us with refinishing furniture and creating gorgeous interiors. More Expert Talks will be added and updated on the website and Facebook page.

We will be holding an afternoon tea with Breast Cancer Now - come along with a tea and cake to hear how you can help the charity – and there will also be our regular Craft & Chat and Activity Sessions.

Information is also available on the SWI by Womankind Facebook page Womankind by SWI Facebook

All sessions are available on Zoom at:


Meeting ID: 875 8883 8838

Pascode: Friendship

If you would like to join but dont feel confident using Zoom, Maz Thorn of Powmill Institute, can help as she has set up SWI Zoom School.  Email hello@theswi.org.uk and we will pass on your details to Maz. 

See past Skill Share Sessions and Expert Talks at:

Youtube - Scottish Womens Institutes TV


Welcome to the new-look Women Together magazine It's full of insider news, great features and useful tips - the June issue is now available. 

 It's a jam-packed issue with full coverage of the virtual AGM and great features by members, including:
-   Lockdown makes – with Annette Torbet of Sandhead SWI's gorgeous crewel embroidery on the cover
-   Lambing tales, by Christine Kyle of Renfrewshire Federation SWI and Hazel Kirk of Glasserton SWI
-   Historical pictures of SWI in the 40s, thanks to Arlene Mckay of Renfrewshire Federation
-   Recipes by Linda Riddell of Berwickshire Federation
-   Plus all the news and VisitScotland's guide to Scottish coastal myths and legends...
If you haven't seen the magazine for a while have a look because it's changed a lot!
If you don't currently receive the magazine but would like to order your copy for £2 plus P&P or subscribe to keep up to date with SWI news and enjoy reading a variety of features please email: subscriptions@theswi.org.uk for further information.
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We welcome all members to contribute with their own images, articles and news. Simply email magazine@theswi.org.uk.

We are also able to provide a talking version of the magazine, if you are interested in receiving this, please email:  hello@theswi.org.uk



Woman Together - June Edition

Woman Together - June Edition

SWI 30th National Conference - Saturday 4th September 2021


Theme: "Getting Back, Standing Strong Together”

The SWI 30th Triennial National Conference will be held in Perth Concert Hall, Perth, from 10.30am to approximately 4.45pm on Saturday 4th September 2021. It is hoped that all Institutes will be represented.   The National Conference is SWI's largest gathering and will have an interesting programme, with guest speakers and lively discussion.   Motions, and other matters of concern, will be debated by Voting Delegates on behalf of their institutes.  Further information has been sent to Federation Secretaries.   Additional information on the programme will available in due course. 

All registration forms should be sent to Headquarters no later than Friday 6th August 2021 with the registration fee of £25.  The registration and motions  forms can be downloaded below:

 Visiting Members Registration Form

Voting Delegates Registration Form




BARGAIN OF THE WEEK 50% Discount! SWI Cookbook

We're offering a great deal for this week only with 50% off the SWI Cookbook, which features celebrity chef recipes.  

From simple starters and scrumptious soups through to mouth-watering main courses and delightful deserts, the cookbook has been created by members, professional chefs and celebrity chefs.  The SWI Cookbook can be found in our online shop:

 SWI Cookbook

We also have other offers which will change regularly and a range of SWI products in our online shop SWI Online Shop


We are all aware that since Lockdown began in mid March, members have been unable to attend meetings face to face, which is after all the main reason for being an SWI member.

The new Board “met” online and have agreed:

  1. To reduce the proposed levy for the coming year by 50% to £12.50 - this to be collected in by Institutes for the 2020/21 session and due by Federations to Headquarters by 1st November 2021.
  2. The 2021/22 levy will be reviewed at a later date. 



SWI has produced guidance in relation to Covid-19 for Federations and Institutes. Please note, this guidance changes as Scottish Government advice changes and is appropriate at this current time.  

Coronovirus - Meeting Guidelines

Cleaning and Disinfection

 The link to the Scottish Government Guidance and the lastest information on the lifting of restrictions can be found below (added 10 May 2021).


Covid - Easing of Restrictions