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 competitions and celebrity showcases, there's something for everyone!

 

SWI Summer School 2024

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

 


Margaret Whiteford - Outstanding Member of the Year 2024

Dont miss your chance to nominate that member that goes above and beyond for everyone!  Maz Thorn from Powmill SWI was the proud recipient of the Margaret Whiteford Trophy last year!

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.

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

Take your time to think about that person who you could not imagine life in the SWI without. 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 Health & Wellbeing: Women's Heart Health

Health & Wellbeing | February 27th | 7pm - 8pm | Online

Scottish Women’s Institutes is committed to covering all aspects of women’s health and wellbeing. Join us and Dr. Amy Small from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland for an engaging online talk on women's heart health. Explore essential tips for maintaining a healthy heart, and learn how to extend a helping hand to someone in need. Let's empower each other to prioritise women's health and thrive together!

Register for this event here.


SWI Study Tour 2024

Join us for a 3-night tour in the stunning Peak District, where you’ll stay in the heart of Derby and explore Buxton and Bakewell. Take in art, culture and gardens at the fabulous Chatsworth House stately home and enjoy the fabulous sights the Peak District has to offer at the Heights of Abraham and the National Memorial Arboretum.

You’ll be travelling with members of the SWI and be in the trusted care of travel specialists Dodd’s of Troon.

What's included?

  • 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel, Derby
  • Sightseeing trips and all entrance charges to Chatsworth House, Buxton, Bakewell, and the Heights of Abraham.
  • Coach travel to, from and around the Peak District, departing Friday 3rd May, returning Monday 6th May

Pick up points are -

  • Perth (Broxden) Park and Ride: Departure: 8 am
  • Edinburgh Ingliston Park and Ride: Departure: 9:30 am
  • Glasgow, Kelvinbridge SPT Park and Ride: Departure: 11 am

This tour requires a minimum of 40 people to go ahead. If the minimum number is not met by 29th January 2024 unfortunately, the trip booking would need to be cancelled. If the trip is cancelled by the SWI, a full refund will be provided.

This event is now SOLD OUT. If you wish to be put on a waiting list in the case of a cancellation, please email hello@theswi.org.uk with your information.


SWI Skill Share - The Perfect Frangipane Tart

Skill Share | Online event | March 13th | 7pm - 8pm

The SWI is committed to lifelong learning and these SWI skill share sessions are aimed at bringing women together to learn from experts and each other.  

Join us for a bake-along with Jean Miller as she guides you through the process of baking this delicious frangipane tart - Just in time for Easter!

The ingredients and equipment list on the Eventbrite page, so you can bake along from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Click to book HERE


SWI Stories: Our founder Catherine Blair

SWI stories | Online event | March 20th, 2024 | 7pm - 8pm

The SWI is committed to lifelong learning and these brand-new online SWI Stories Sessions are aimed at bringing women together to learn from experts and each other.

To celebrate SWI heritage and Women's History Month, this informative online presentation on the biography of our founder, Catherine Blair, will help you discover the fascinating stories behind the creation of SWI and how Catherine's vision has shaped our community.

Click to book here


National Stadium Bowling

Competition | Saturday, April 13th | 10am | Garioch Indoor Bowling Club

Federations are invited to send one or two teams to the national final.

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


SWI National Performance Competition: Variations on a Theme

SWI National Competition | Online event | April 20th | 12 noon - 4pm

SWI extends an invitation for teams to participate in the 2024 SWI National Performance Competition - Variations on a Theme. To ensure the sustainability of this national event, the Skills and Events committee has opted for an online format.

The chosen theme for the competition is 'Conflict' offering participants the flexibility to explore both positive and negative aspects associated with this theme.

The competition will take place online from 12 noon - 4pm on 20th April 2024.

Tickets for spectators can be purchased at £5 per person, while team entry tickets are priced at £40 per team.

Register for this event here.


SWI Members' Annual General Meeting 2024

AGM | Online event | May 18th, 2024 | 10.30am-12pm

All members are invited to attend the SWI AGM which takes place online on Saturday 18th May from 10.30am-noon.   Attending the AGM will provide members with insight into the SWI performance and direction of the organisation. Audited financial statements will be presented and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Please register here to attend.


SWI 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!


SWI 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!