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!

Virtual Christmas Quiz

Following on from success of the ‘Just for Fun’ Quiz, it has been decided to hold another Quiz on Saturday 12th December at 2.30pm.

We would love it if you and anyone else in your household would join us and join in the Festivities, there will be prizes for the winner of the quiz and also a prize for the most festive jumper/outfit.

The Zoom link to join the competition is below:

 Join Zoom Meeting


 Meeting ID: 868 1081 8444

Passcode: 451723

We would appreciate it if you could forward this on to your Institutes etc.  We look forward to seeing you all on the 12th December.

Calling all members… a month of activities awaits…

As life in Covid-19 times gets tougher and the nights get longer, we all need something to look forward to, don’t we?! So why not join talented SWI members for a month of skill sharing sessions, demonstrations, talks and fun activities…

 All sessions will be available on Zoom. Just choose which event you would like to join in with, click on the link below and add the password if prompted:


Note: We are using the same link for each event.

Password: Friendship.

 New to Zoom?

We are running an SWI members’ Zoom School with Maz Thorn, of Perth & Kinross Federation, aimed at absolute beginners and novices. Email info@theswi.org.uk for details.

 +++Christmas classes+++

Crocheted Christmas Trees

Annette Torbett, of Wigtownshire Federation, leads a class for beginners and competent crocheters, to turn ‘granny squares’ into Christmas trees.

2pm Monday November 9

If you want to craft along with Annette, you will need:

  1. One ball of green double knit wool.
  2. A crochet hook, size 4.

 Speaker of the month

Ann Redpath, of Roxburghshire Federation, shares recipes and memories from her charity book Lockdown In Lambing.

7pm on Wednesday November 11th

 Craft & Chat

For this friendly and relaxed session, just bring whatever you’re working on (not essential!), plus a cuppa and enjoy a blether with members across the country.

2pm on Friday November 13th

 +++Christmas classes+++

Papercrafting for Christmas

In the first of our Christmas classes, you’ll learn how to make cards with Joan Murfitt, Maz Thorn and Janet Wallace, and Christmas trees with Avice McQueen.

7pm on Tuesday November 17th

 Get active with Arlene

Renfrewshire Federation’s Arlene McKay offers a fun and gentle session to get us laughing and moving.

2pm on Thursday November 19th

 Memory Cafe

Topic: Best childhood memory

Bring your own tales or listen to others’ experiences in this friendly session of stories and sharing.

7pm on Monday November 23rd

 Craft & Chat

For this friendly and relaxed session, just bring whatever you’re working on (this is not essential!), plus a cuppa and enjoy a blether with members across the country.

2pm on Friday November 27th


Zoom Sessions

Zoom Sessions

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

Motions Form




Keeping in touch is so important right now, especially as the global pandemic is having such an impact on the way members are accessing Scottish Women's Institutes. We would like your views on the way we communicate with members, this will help shape our future plans.
We would be grateful if members could complete the survey at the link below:


The ACWW European Conference 2020 which is being hosted in Scotland by the Scottish Women's Institutes (SWI) was due to take place in May 2021 (having originally moved from October 2020).
The ACWW European Area President, Afrodita Roman, and the Office Bearers of the SWI have taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Conference until 10th-15th October, 2021. The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Glasgow, will remain the venue. The previous costings advised will also remain the same.
The safety and good health of our ACWW and SWI Members remains our main concern and due to the increase in cases of the Covid 19 Virus, it was felt that postponing the Conference until October 2021 would guarantee the likelyhood that the Conference will go ahead.
If you have already booked to go to the Conference and wish to keep your place, all your information will be transferred over to the new dates.
If you have already booked and no longer wish to attend the conference, we can issue a refund.
We would appreciate if you could contact Carrie on educ.int@theswi.org.uk to advise if you wish to keep your space or if you would like a refund (please note we will need your bank details to do this as we cannot issue cheques at the moment)
We hope that you will still be able to attend and we look forward to welcoming you to Scotland



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

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.

  • Keep up to date with all latest SWI news from around the country
  • Never miss an issue!

We welcome all members to contribute with their own images, articles and news. Simply email magazine@theswi.org.uk.



Women Together Wants Your Features!

We welcome contributions from external writers.

We’re looking for features on a wide range of subjects including crafts, food and drink, women’s issues, travel, health, lifestyle and general interest. If you can supply high resolution, good quality photographs as well that would be a bonus! Length should be between 600 and 1200 words – and currently we’re particularly looking for longer articles. Fee negotiable.

Please send all copy to The Editor, magazine@theswi.org.uk, or SWI, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES. Copy deadlines are the 26th of each month, eg 26 January for the March issue (out end of February).


Material submitted should be original. Although great care is taken with everything submitted, Women Together is not responsible for any loss or damage which may occur.


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. Discussions are taking place about the timing of levy collection and members will have the opportunity to comment.


Creative Crafts Show – SECC 4th – 7th March 2021

The Creative Craft Show is scheduled to take place at the SECC Centre in Glasgow from the 4th – 7th March 2021.   
It would be greatly appreciated if you could volunteer to steward at this event.   Please download the form below for details.


The SWI 2021 Diary and Calendar can now be purchased for £5 each plus postage via the  SWI Online Shop or by emailing financeadmin@theswi.org.uk 


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.

Meeting Guidance

Cleaning and Disinfection



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.

Face Covering September

Fitted Facemask

Fitted Mask 2

Face Mask Filter

Original Face Coverings

NFWI Simple Face Covering

NFWI Fitted Mask

NFWI Fitted Mask Pattern

NFWI Button Band for DIY Face Coverings






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:

Mercy Ships



The SWI member area is where members can find information from committees, including minutes from meetings, event and competition information and booking forms, member offers, Federation news etc.

If you are already a member and registered to the website, simply login using your unique username and password. Or if you are a SWI member, but not registered to the website as yet, you can do that just now, it only takes a few minutes. Register here >

The Members Area is here to add content to and we encourage our members to contribute. Simply submit to hello@theswi.org.uk 

SWI Policy Statements

The SWI has produced the following policy statements:

Portion Food Sizes

Reduction in Sugar Content

Use of Plastics

Feed the Mind



Find Your Local Institute

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.