Time to Talk

Register The NFWI has launched a campaign to get members talking about organ donation. A mandate on increasing organ donation was passed at the 2014 AM on 7 June 2014 with a 98% majority.

The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise - Standon and Coates Heath WI - Staffordshire Federation

The WI's campaign encourages members to have a think about donation, make a decision and then talk about it to someone close to them. Time to Talk About Organ Donation is about easing the burden on grieving families. When families have a clear idea about what their deceased loved-one wanted, it makes  it so much easier for them to fulfill their wishes. 

It doesn't matter whether you are in England or in Wales or the Islands - families matter. If we can get more people talking about donation, and having their decisions known and respected by their loved ones, we can increase the chances of a transplant being possible for those 7,000 people still on  the waiting list. One donor can transform the lives of 9 different people.

facts about organ donation

Start the Big Conversation

We want to show everyone how WI members have found the 'Time to Talk' about organ donation, so their families are informed of their wishes. We're going to bring the WI's strengths of campaigning and craft together! Make something that shows who you spoke to about your organ donation decision. It can    be as skilful (crochet, decoupage, marquetry) or basic (spell out their name in icing or take a selfie spelling out who you told!) as you want. Some creative examples from WI members are shown in the presentation below:  

Take a photo of it and post it to social media using the hashtag #WITimetoTalk. Or email it to the NFWI Public Affairs team ( and we'll publish it for you.  

More detailed instructions are here.  

Photos from the Launch of 'Time to Talk Greater Manchester'



For paper copies of these resources, please contact the Public Affairs Department of the NFWI

Becoming a Registered Organ Donor

  • Are you a Registered donor already? 39% of you have never told your family that you are. Don't be shy, tell them the decision you have made and why it's important to you.  
  • Read some frequently answered questions about Organ Donation so you can make an informed choice on the NHS Blood and Transplant website
  • Want to be a donor? Join the NHS Organ Donation Register. You can either:  

Recent organ transplant news

For the first time in over a decade, the number of people in the UK who received a life changing organ transplant fell this past year. In 2014-2015, 4,431 people in the UK had their lives saved or improved by an organ transplant, which was a 5% fall from last year. In real terms, this means that 224  fewer people received a transplant than last year. NHSBT is calling on everyone to discuss organ donation with their friends and family- a task which our Time to Talk resources can help you complete.

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