THE SURREY FEDERATION
Our Federation was formed in 1918, three years after the WI was first introduced in England and Wales. We are the link between local WIs and the national organisation. We are quite a large Federation, with more than 8,000 members across the county belonging to over 167 WIs.
Engaging with members outside of their individual WIs is of prime importance. Apart from this website, our main method of communication is our lively, colourful monthly magazine, Surrey WI News which is available to all Surrey members. It keeps them up to date with what the Federation and individual WIs are doing, lists upcoming events and contains articles of interest to WI members as well as offering them the opportunity to have their say.
The Federation is administered from an office in Guildford which is within easy access of the A3 and M25 and has space to host workshops and meetings.
The WI is run by women, for women. We aim to be bold and inspiring, by enhancing and enriching members lives, encouraging them to learn, develop and share new skills, widen their friendship circles, and provide them with a voice and the confidence to influence issues at local and national level. We aim also to be relevant to all in our communities, and to be inclusive and flexible in the way we engage with members.
WORK & PLAY
We offer our members a wide choice of educational and leisure courses, from various cookery classes, needlework and art through to the more unusual, such as willow weaving. Sports and games are not forgotten, with mah-jong and bridge get-togethers, and croquet, golf and bowls taster days and tournaments. More recently, walking netball has been introduced to our repertoire. For those that prefer something a little more sedate, we also offer day trips and lunches. Currently our face-to-face programmes have been replaced by a lively and thought-provoking series of Zoom talks, workshops and social engagements.
INSPIRE AND INFLUENCE
With its long history of campaigning, the WI is recognised as an important voice by both national and local government, and as such we are represented on many think-tanks and other institutes and assemblies. We aim to give our members the knowledge and confidence that will encourage them to get involved and have their say.
Surrey Federation provides many opportunities and hopes that every woman will be able to find something she enjoys and is interested in!