The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise
rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is
now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated it's centenary in 2015 and currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
More information about the Women’s Institute can be found at http://www.thewi.org.uk/
Founded on the 19th March 2012 out of a local knitting group, Crosspool Women's Institute meet twice a month to do crafts, sing, natter, listen to presentations, get involved with the local community and drink tea (occasionally wine).
We offer opportunities to make friends in a happy, social atmosphere, share educational courses to learn new skills, have interesting speakers, and enjoy outings and activities.
Despite our location in local churches, we have no specific religious affiliation...
Our WI likes to support local causes, help out where we can and likes to develop links with the local community.
Some of the causes we are currently supporting or have supported in the past are:-
Care in Crosspool
(This is our local charity.)
In 1986 Care in Crosspool started linking volunteers to those in need locally. They are a registered charity and are always looking for new volunteers.
They try to help anyone in the local community as far as they are able – the vast majority of their clients being elderly. Their strength is in befriending – either with a regular visit to someone on their own or a sitter whilst a carer goes out, but will try to help with other requests if possible.
If you’d like to know more or can offer to help ring 2670045 – there is a 24 hour answer machine if no-one is in the office.
In 2017 Crosspool WI were able to make a donation to help with their work.
The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) works in partnership with its members, offering mutual support, friendship and practical help to women and communities around the world. ACWW has over 460 member societies active in over 70 countries and is supported by NFWI.
Continuing to collect change at our meetings.
We collect for the food bank and toiletries for the hostels.
Period Pamper Packs-The Homeless Period Appeal
For some, a period can be a nightmare...regardless if you are homeless or not. As such this project is offering the most vunerable people in our cities a donated Period Pamper Packs as a way to make them feel better during their monthlies.
Currently, we in CWI are collecting donations for these packs.
Donations of sanitary wear-from tampons to moon cups!
But also chocolate, bubblebath,baby wipes and underwear are also welcome.
In fact, it's a myth that there is an age requirement too – we welcome, accept and enjoy the company of women of all ages (from 18 upwards), backgrounds, races, religions and sexualities!
Our membership ranges from the ages of 24 to 82, and we’re very proud of this fact!