What's on

The SWI is passionate about lifelong learning and helping women live their best lives. With a range of online and in-person events such as Skill Share Sessions, Expert Talks, National Events and Competitions and Celebrity Showcases, there's something for everyone!

National Summer School 2024 - Fully Booked

15-19 August 2024 | Strathallan School, Perthshire

We're delighted to announce a new-look SWI Summer School for 2024. Come for a long weekend of learning and having fun with like-minded women in a beautiful environment. There are residential and non-residential spaces for both members and non-members.

A variety of expert tutors have been hand picked to offer the best classes across a range of handcrafts and activities. Each subject will be taught in a 3-day workshop, so you can choose one course to take for the duration of the school. You can choose from heritage crafts such as Willow Basketry and Shetland Lace Knitting, or needlecraft courses such as Quilting, Sashiko and Crochet, or indulge your artistic side with 3D Decoupage, Painting, Floral Art, and Beadwork.

See all courses here


Outstanding Member Award 2024

The award is named after Margaret Whiteford, who was a member of Ratho SWI. She was passionate about the SWI and enjoyed attending events like the SWI Summer School and Study Tour. 

This unique award celebrates members who are great ambassadors for everything we hold dear – friendship, lifelong learning, and sharing skills – and who get the most out of volunteering for the charity. Take your time to think about who goes that extra mile for you/your institute/your Federation?

It is as simple as filling out this form HERE and sending it to charlotte.hughes@theswi.org.uk before the deadline of Friday 26th of July 2024.All nominations are confidential. Both individual and group nominations will be accepted!


SWI Heritage Project Group Monthly Meeting

Online event | July 25th | 6pm-7pm

The Heritage group meet on a monthly basis to drive forward progress for the SWI Heritage project, with an objective on preparing a ready to go collection for the planned Visitor Learning Centre.

Any member is welcomed to join this group, whether you have a specific story to share or simply want to stay informed, to join us for an informal online evening session.

Join the meeting here.


SWI National Outdoor Bowling Competition

National competition | In Person | Helensburgh Bowling Club | August 26th

Federations are invited to send one or two teams to this year’s National Outdoor Bowling competition which will be hosted by Dunbartonshire Federation at Helensburgh Bowling Club, on 26th August 2024.

Enter teams for this event here.

Please contact charlotte.hughes@theswi.org.uk for further info if required, forms can be emailed on request.


SWI Federation & Institutes Office Bearers' Gathering

Office Bearer's Social Gathering | September 23rd 2024 | 11am - 3pm

An invitation to in-person member event: Preventing Institute Closures

The board would like to invite you to an in-person event to collectively shape ideas and take plans forward. Spaces are limited to 100 members so book your space whilst you can!

If you are unable to attend in-person, we welcome Office Bearers to join in online. Please email hello@theswi.org.uk for the online meeting link.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday 23rd September 2024
  • Time: 11:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Ps & Gs (St Paul's & St George's) Church, Edinburgh
  • Refreshments: A light lunch will be provided

We believe that through collaboration, we can make a significant difference and help secure sustained membership for the future. Click to book your spot here.

 


National Ruralympics Competition

Competition | Saturday, October 5th | 10 am | Webster's Sports Centre

SWI would like to invite entries to this year’s Ruralympics competition which will be hosted by Angus Federation on Saturday 5th of October 2024 at Webster's Sports Centre, Prosen Road, Kirriemuir DD8 5AT.

To save time and money, we ask members to book through Eventbrite, the most efficient way to book events and get confirmation quickly.  Please register here


National Writing Competition 2024

National Competition | Deadline September 30th 2024 | Open for entries

Theme - If you know a good thing, pass it on

Unlock the power of your pen in this year's writing competition. We invite participants to explore the theme of 'If you know a good thing, pass it on' by submitting your captivating written pieces in the form of an inspirational letter.

The competition prizes are:
1st place - £25 voucher for SWI's online shop
2nd place - £15 voucher for SWI's online shop
3rd place - £10 voucher for SWI's online shop

Please email your inspirational letter on a Word document to hello@theswi.org.uk before the deadline of Monday the 30th of September, 2024. Entries will be judged after the deadline and the winners will be announced by the end of October 2024.

Click here to register and pay on Beacon - if you need a form emailed to you seperately, please contact us to request one. Have fun and good luck!


National Photography Competition 2024

National Competition | Deadline November 4th 2024 | Open for entries

Theme - Our Fragile World

Harness the potential of your camera in this year's photography competition. We encourage members to delve into the theme of 'Our Fragile World' by entering your compelling photos.

The competition prizes are:
1st place - £25 voucher for SWI's online shop
2nd place - £15 voucher for SWI's online shop
3rd place - £10 voucher for SWI's online shop

Please email your photographs as Jpegs to hello@theswi.org.uk before the deadline of Monday the 4th of November 2024. Entries will be judged after the deadline and the winners will be announced by the end of November 2024.

Click here to register and pay on Beacon - if you need a form emailed to you seperately, please contact us to request one. Have fun and good luck!