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.

Be part of the SWI. Join us to learn how to make that perfect scone… and a bit more too!


Headquarters staff will be on holiday on Monday 2nd August, which is a public holiday, and will respond to any emails on Tuesday 3rd August.


We’re ready to welcome you back! We’ve all experienced a year like no other, in all sorts of way and missed each other’s company at our regular meetings, workshop sessions and fun get-togethers. We know some of us have been able to stay connected through our screens with competitions, virtual shows and online events, but, it’s just not the same, is it? But, it’s now time to start looking forward to Autumn, when we can hopefully re-open our institute and welcome you back again - without cameras and screens - to share, inspire and learn from each other. It’s what we all love doing most! And enjoying a good natter of course!

We’re creating a National event where everyone can take part locally to have a good ‘Blether Together’ to share companionship and friendship.


Monday 6th September “Back together blether” – institutes meet up inside (if allowed) or outside.

Tuesday 7th September Talk by Author and former member Denise Mina at 7pm

Wednesday 8th September - Talks by Ramsay McGhee on Mountain View School for the Deaf in Malawi at 2pm and George Anderson of Beechgrove Garden at 7pm

Thursday 9th September Talks by Sheena Norquay on Quilting at 2pm and Gary MacLean, winner of Masterchef the Professionals

Friday 10th September An Institute Rural ramble, wearing blue and gold and a distance to suit members

 The leaftet below can be downloaded for further information

Back Together Leaflet


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

If you haven't seen the magazine for a while have a look because it's changed a lot!
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.
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We welcome all members to contribute with their own images, articles and news. Simply email magazine@theswi.org.uk.

We are also able to provide a talking version of the magazine, if you are interested in receiving this, please email:  hello@theswi.org.uk.

The Magazine will change 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
  • 1st August


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, pending review, dependant on the pandemic.



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.  

Covid Guidance (Updated July 2021)

Cleaning and Disinfection

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