Community Concerns



CHRISTMAS APPEAL ON BEHALF OF TEAMS 4U.  On behalf of Teams 4U we are asking WI members to send in their handmade knitted hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to County House from NOW until Monday 22 October.  Please note that no other clothing, knitted or otherwise can be accepted due to Border Controls and transport costs. Please make sure that gloves are securely tied together as a pair.  Age ranges: 2-4 years    5-9 years 10 and above


  • ACWW. Associated Country Women of the World. Do you think you could be the Federation’s representative for ACWW.? You don’t need to be on a committee! Please get in touch with Sue at the County Office to discuss what would be required of you.
  • Make do and Mend -Veolia the company who runs the recycling centre for Nottinghamshire are organising Creative workshops, using both a sewing machine and sewing by hand.  Projects might include working on alterations or updating a patchwork quilt or reusing fabric to make a bag, aprons or cushions. The focus is to reduce textile waste. You may go to 1 session per year. Workshop dates and times. Tuesday 30 October. Tuesday 27 October or Tuesday 11 December. 9.00am – 12.30pm at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield. NG19 0FL. To book your place please email or call 0203 5674391. The workshop includes a recycling information tour, all must be aged 7 and above.


2018 marks a century since members passed the first WI resolution. Find out how you can commemorate this special year with your WI. On 24 October 1918 at the NFWI’s second Annual Meeting, WI members passed the WI’s first resolution, calling for the provision of a sufficient supply of convenient and sanitary houses. This was just the beginning. Over the last 100 years, WI members have campaigned on an incredible range of social policy, health, food and agriculture, education, environment and international causes. By exerting their individual and collective influence, WI members have increased public awareness of the issues and brought about important policy changes.

NFWI Mandates from 1918 to date. The WI is an entirely member-led organisation. Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues they want to see the organisation campaign on. Download a copy from the MyWI website.

  • 2018 Resolution - Make Time for Mental Health campaign aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental health problems and asks for better support for those who need it. It calls on WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental and physical health and take action to make it is as acceptable to talk about mental health as physical health. Campaign resources are available to Download from the MyWI website or to request a hard copy, contact the NFWI Public Affairs department:




YOU can join ACWW as an individual or as a group.

YOU can get involved with programmes to help rural women.

YOU can keep informed about women needing our help through ‘The Countrywoman’, the quarterly magazine which covers ACWW news and international projects. All members receive a copy of ‘The Countrywoman’ quarterly.

YOU can encourage donations to Pennies for Friendship at your meetings.

YOU and your members could organise an ACWW Awareness Day or a fundraising event.

YOU can find out more from the website:

Join ACWW and make life better for rural women worldwide.

Helen Crowder, ACWW Rep.


  • Sign up for updates to the NFWI campaigns: They will be putting together a campaign action pack for members who want to get involved with the campaign. Get in touch with the public affairs team using the details below to register your interest. Email: :Post: NFWI PA department, 104 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4LY :Telephone: 020 7371 9300 ext 212 : Tweet: @WomensInstitute