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!
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:
For members that are interested in making their own face masks, the NFWI have shared their guides and patterns with us for our members to use. The patterns can be downloaded below:
The NFWI have updated their patterns to include a three layer mask.
Original Face Coverings
It is with regret that the Office Bearers have taken the decision to cancel the following National Competitions and events:
It was decided to err on the side of caution, as the continued health and well being of our members is paramount. The Office Bearers do not want to put anyone into a situation where they may be exposed and possibly contract the Coronavirus, as our events can have a large number of participants and spectators.
In addition, Gardening Scotland and the Royal Highland Show have been cancelled. Gardening Scotland competitions have been deferred to 2021.
The Scottish Women’s Institute were given the privilege of hosting the next Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) European Conference in Scotland in October 2020. However, the decision was taken to postpone the Conference to 10th - 14th May 2021. The Conference will still take place at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, Glasgow. All those who have already registered have been contacted. Please note that you can still register at this time by completing and returning the form below. For further information, please email email@example.com
The Scottish Women's Institutes will be supporting Mercy Ships UK as our international charity from 1st December 2019. Any donations for the current charity, Feed the Minds, should be sent to Headquarters as soon as possible.
Mercy Ships operate the world’s largest charity hospital ship delivering free health care to some of the world's poorest people. Further information can be found on their website:
Scottish Women’s Institutes and Netball Scotland have teamed up to take Walking Netball to women across Scotland in a new initiative designed to expand pathways to sport.
The partnership will see more than 14,000 women encouraged to participate in the sport, which is set to be played in village halls and school gyms up and down the country.
Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.
A number of SWI members have been trained by Netball Scotland’s facilitators and can now pass on their skills and enthusiasm in their local Institutes to encourage participation and activity. The collaboration will now see members in 663 institutes across Scotland given the opportunity to participate in the gentle activity no matter their experience.
Scottish Women’s Institutes President, Linda Retson, said: “This is an exciting collaboration for us. The Walking Netball programme will join golf, bowls and curling as a key sport for Scottish Women’s Institutes and we are delighted to be working with Netball Scotland and give members a fun, friendly, sociable, safe and very exciting new activity. Getting together to have fun and exercise our bodies and minds fits perfectly with Scottish Women’s Institutes’ outlook and we believe Walking Netball will be a huge hit.”
Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development, Netball Scotland said, “The partnership between Netball Scotland and the SWI celebrates a joint vision to empower women across Scotland. Through the platform of walking netball, we will collaboratively enable women to build vibrant communities across the country where they can learn new skills, share experiences, build friendships and support networks and most importantly have fun.
As a Governing body, Netball Scotland is leading the way in Scotland in the Changing Lives Agenda. This partnership showcases our commitment to extending our reach out with the sporting sector, building networks of expert resource and knowledge which contribute to achieving Active Scotland Outcomes. Together with our partners at Age Scotland and Breathing Space we very much welcome the opportunity to expand our walking netball programme through the SWI membership.”
If members would like to participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, marking enquiries 'NETBALL'.
Since the President launched Junior Dippers in Perth, several other Institutes have launched, or are in the process of launching, their own Junior Dippers Groups. Activities include baking, knitting, crafting, crochet, art and floristry.
Junior Dippers aim to:
There are currently groups in the following areas. If there are no Junior Dippers Groups in your area and you would be interested in starting one, please contact the President.
Perth & Kinross Junior Dippers
Perth & Kinross Junior Dippers meet at the 10th Perthshire Scout Hall, Murray Place, Perth 10.30am-3.00pm and is for girls Primary 4-7 and Secondary 1-3. Dates and further information can be found on the Perth & Kinross Federation website.
Kinross Junior Dippers
Kinross Junior Dippers meeting every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 1.00-2.30pm in the ICT Room of Kinross Library within Kinross Community Campus. For information contact email@example.com
Esslemont Young Dippers, Aberdeenshire
Esslemont Young Dippers first meeting is on Saturday 28th September from 9.30am-12.30pm at the Kirk Centre, Ellon and is for ages 8-16 (P4-S4). They will also meet on 26th October, 23rd November and 21st December. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
West Lothian Dippers
West Lothian Dippers is for young people aged 8-16 years. They meet on the last Saturday of each month during school term time, except December, from 10.30am-3.00pm in the North Barn of Carmondean Community Centre, Livingston. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0788 5411178, There is a £10 annual fee plus £3 per session. Parents are required to complete a registration form.
Fife Junior Dippers
Details to follow.
I chatted with Linda Retson, who pitched the idea to the local federation, and is also the SWI national chairman, and she’s keen to see it succeed;
“The pilot scheme in Perth is one of the first of it’s kind, with a similar idea in Caithness having already taken off. We had 15 girls take part in our first session, and are keen to hear from many others who’d like to come along or register their interest. The idea behind ‘Junior Dippers’ is to give younger girls the opportunity to dip in and out of different crafts and skills, and give members a chance to pass on their expertise and share their passions.”
At the moment the group takes place at The Hub, on King Street in Perth, although an alternative venue may be sought if numbers increase, and they hope to introduce sport and outings later in the year. The next planned dates in 2018 are 26th May, 25th Aug, 24th Nov (which will be a special Christmas crafts theme with a show and tell to SWI members!), and depending on interest more dates may be added.
If you know a young girl who’d love to learn some new skills then get in touch or register your interest by contacting Heather on email@example.com
(An extract from Small City Big Personality, Perthshire’s online magazine. By Rhona Maxwell)
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Every week, every month and every year, we have a wide range of exciting events and activites that take place throughout Scotland.
These can be arranged at National level, Federation level or locally at Institute level.
View our Events Diary for a list of our forthcoming events >
We would love to welcome new members to any of our institutes so you can come along, enjoy the atmosphere, discover more about what we do, then select the institute that suits you best. You can join an institute for a small fee (approx £20-£35) per year and enjoy all the benefits of being a member.