We are women supporting women to live their best lives by experiencing lifelong learning, fun and lasting friendships.
All women in Scotland are welcome to join the SWI, an internationally recognised and well-respected membership organisation which was created by women, for women.
With a rich history in each of Scotland’s communities, the SWI continues to promote education and connects women locally and nationally to improve their quality of life through friendship, education, sharing skills and experiences and having fun. Now, with 500 groups around the country, we are proud to bring together more than 10,000 women across the length and breadth of Scotland.
We celebrate our traditional Scottish heritage and crafting techniques and embrace new adventures, offering everything from knitting and baking to walking weekends and wild swims… with a bit of gin tasting and belly dancing in the mix too! While lifelong learning is at the heart of everything we do, lasting friendships and improved confidence are often wonderful results!
We are women supporting women to live their best lives, so dive in and see what you can do…
The SWI is stitched across the whole of the rich fabric of Scotland's modern history. Members have played their part supporting communities in the aftermath of two world wars, and continue to do so in the light of conflicts in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis. Now, more than ever, it is important that we share our skills and knowledge of thrifty living, reusing and recycling to best effect and continue to be a beacon of friendship in our communities.
We also have many nationally important and precious items in our care, so it is vital that these are preserved for future generations. These items are being carefully curated – with members' help – and plans to display them are being developed.
Many members also retain crafting skills – the likes of lace making, Ayrshire embroidery, Gansey knitting and Sanquhar gloves – which may be lost to future generations, To ensure that these are not lost the organisation has an ambitious vision for the future: a Visitor Learning Centre for all women and girls in Scotland will provide a place for learning, sharing skills and celebrating Scotland's rich heritage.
A Board of trustees makes decisions on their fellow members' behalf. All are volunteers and act in the best interest of the organisation to ensure it is sustainable for future generations to enjoy and benefit from. The Board are:
Chief Executive Officer
Head of Communications and Engagement
Head of Finance and Operations
For any media or press inquiries, please contact us on 0131 225 1724 or firstname.lastname@example.org