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The Great Food Debate


The WI's Love Food Champions are working in their communities to help individuals reduce food waste.

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Women's Institute.

We are delighted to welcome you to our mobile enabled web site, our virtual WI, now available to all users.

Our Programme Secretary excels as usual with a great programme of events. Photograph of our lovely Sylvia Downs.

Thank you so much Sylvia for all the work you do to obtain such a great annual programme.

Our web site.

This Women's Institute web site was compiled to help and interest our members and to tell the rest of the world what our aims are, what we do and why we exist. The WI is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK and our ideals of the Women's Institute are truth, justice, tolerance and friendship. The WI exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills. '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'. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

So what do we offer?

The W.I. offers women the best opportunity to make an impact in their communities, to influence local, national and world issues affecting the social, economic and environmental life of families and communities, and to learn traditional and new skills. Did you know that since its inception in 1915 the W.I. has campaigned on a wide range of issues including:Domestic Violence , Equal Pay, Oil Pollution, Aids, Farm Gate Milk Prices, Care of Our Environment, Stop Climate Chaos, Chemicals and Health, Supermarkets, Fairtrade Fortnight, Children's diets, exercise and health, Healthy Eating, and Supermarket Packaging Campaign.

2016 Resolutions

Avoid food waste, address food poverty The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK. Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia.

Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia - See more here: We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital. Final briefing notes and further resources to help you and your WIs debate these resolutions will be sent to all WIs in the March mailing. 

SOS for Honey Bees

We also campaign on wider policy issues including: human trafficking and violence against women, adult education and trade justice. In 2009 our campaign was for honey bees, which we are still following. See more here.

Photo of a honey bee

SOS for Honey Bees - Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health.

Honeybees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honeybee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into bee health.' WI Life.

More Organ Donations

WI members call for more Organ Donations

see more on this and other campaigns here.

Milk price cuts.

WI members are backing dairy farmers.


Mission Milk

The NFU and the NFWI are campaigning to safeguard the future for Britain's dairy farmers. WI members got behind dairy farmers in their thousands during the Great Milk Debates however there is increasing concern that momentum has been lost, and many farmers are struggling to make a decent living.

By revisiting the Great Milk Debates we hope to show that consumers have a real stake in the vibrancy of the British Dairy industry. We will be calling on retailers, processors and the Government to play their part in ensuring there is a long-term future for British milk. Over 15,000 members took part in the debates in 2007 and we believe that there is still a huge strength of feeling to evoke change today. An action pack will be available shortly.Read on...

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