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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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New Chief Executive for Scottish Women’s Institutes

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 equalitydiversity 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.  

If you haven't seen the magazine for a while have a look because it's changed a lot!  
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The Magazine changed from monthly to eight issues per year from September 2021.  The new distribution schedule can be seen by scrolling right.



Woman Together - Delivery Schedule from September 2021

  • 15th September
  • 1st November
  • 15th December
  • 1st February
  • 15th March
  • 1st May
  • 15th June
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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.

SWI Torch Keyring

We also have other great SWI merchandise and regular offers, including our bargain of the week deals which change regularly 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 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)

Cleaning and Disinfection

The link to the Scottish Government Guidance and the lastest information on the lifting of restrictions can be found below.