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 build an inclusive community, to have fun and form friendships, to campaign, to learn, to share and to socialise.
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.
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We are delighted to report a successful outcome for SWI applying to Connecting Scotland for a limited number of chromebook laptops/iPads (at least 170 most of which are chromebooks) for SWI members who are digitally excluded.
This is the first round of SWI applying to Connecting Scotland and we aim to continue to apply for future rounds in 2022 ensuring we are able to access equipment and connectivity to as many digitally excluded members as possible.
We want to manage expectations and have a fair distribution process in place, therefore we have included an application form to apply for a chromebook/iPad aimed at members who are digitally excluded, and opening up the opportunity for a waiting list for future rounds. Digitally-excluded members may lack skills, confidence and motivation, along with having limited or no access to equipment and connectivity.
If you are an Institute and know of a member who is digitally excluded and would benefit from a chromebook laptop/iPad, please complete the form with all the relevant details. SWI need to know who is in receipt of the devices and this information is for the SWI only and it will not be shared with Connecting Scotland or any other organisation(s).
Please note: We cannot accept incomplete applications.
We are also looking for members who would like to train as Digital Champions – an online course for 45mins provided by Connect Scotland. We would like a bank of digital champions across Scotland along with SWI staff to help support members who are digitally excluded or feel digitally challenged to get online.
Please note: For this training, Connecting Scotland will need minimal personal information. Connecting Scotland has a privacy notice which can be seen here https://connecting.scot/privacy
If you wish to join the Scottish Women’s Institutes team of Digital Champions, please complete the application form.
Openness and Transparency
We will inform members of the geographical distribution once the process has taken place. And we hope to get some positive case studies generating from this initiative.
The SWI are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the data protection principles.
Scotland’s national membership organisation for women and girls has appointed a new chief executive.
Diane Cooper will lead the Scottish Women's Institutes (SWI) from early December 2021 after the charity’s current chief executive Raymond Pratt retires.
Diane joins SWI from The Open University (OU), where she had a successful term as Partnerships Manager in Scotland.
Prior to working at the OU, Diane held senior leadership positions in membership organisations at Associations of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).
Diane Cooper said:
“I am delighted to take up the CEO role for this national membership organisation later this year.
“SWI is the largest individual women membership body in Scotland. It represents and captures the power of women together and will play a vital role as we start to recover from the pandemic. I am proud to be joining the SWI at this pivotal time, as we look to grow, innovate and develop the organisation for existing members and future generations.”
SWI President Anne Kerr added:
“We are delighted to announce Diane Cooper as the new chief executive. The appointment has been made following a robust recruitment process carried out by the board and an external advisor.
“Diane has demonstrated the leadership vision that’s needed to drive forward a strong sustainable organisation which embraces equality, diversity and inclusion for all women and girls in Scotland. I look forward to working closely with her in the months and years ahead.”
Welcome to the new-look Women Together magazine It's full of insider news, great features and useful tips - the September issue is now available.
We welcome all members to contribute with their own images, articles and news. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also able to provide a talking version of the magazine, if you are interested in receiving this, please email: email@example.com.
The Magazine changed from monthly to eight issues per year from September 2021. The new distribution schedule can be seen by scrolling right.
New to the SWI shop is the fantastic SWI branded torch keyring, perfect for carrying with you on those dark evenings. It features a carabiner clip which makes it easy to clip to your belt, handbag or dog lead. SWI branded in blue and gold. It can be purchased by clicking on the link below.
We also have other great SWI merchandise and regular offers, including our bargain of the week deals which change regularly in our 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:
The levy due in November 2022 and November 2023 will be £25.
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.
Beyond Level Zero Guidance (Updated August 2021)
The link to the Scottish Government Guidance and the lastest information on the lifting of restrictions can be found below.