The first step to becoming a WI member is to join a WI

In Essex we have 226 WIs so you should not be too far away from one. To access your nearest WI go to the Membership link, then Find a WI and insert your postcode into Search for a WI and insert the distance you wish to travel,  this will list the WIs in your  chosen geographic area. You may wish to consider which day of the week and which time best suits you and this information will be listed under each WI.  If you have any problems please contact Essex Federation Secretary, as listed on our home page.

It is always a good idea to visit a couple of WIs as each WI has its own unique culture and interests. You may be asked to make a small contribution as a visitor to attend a meeting. Once you find a WI that you feel fits in with your views, aspirations and interests you can attend up to three times as a visitor.

If you are joining as a new member i.e. you have never been a member before, there is a pro rata membership joining fee dependent upon the time of the year you join. Membership is annual and subscriptions are set by NFWI to commence in January of each year (further information the Membership link – Membership Information).

 You can be a full member of one WI and a dual member of another; as a dual member your membership subscription is reduced.

If you would like to be a WI member but do not wish to be a member of a WI why not consider becoming a WI Associate, further information under Membership – Associate Membership

Federation of Essex Women’s Institutes

Here at Federation we are always looking for WI members to be more involved at Federation level.

We have a number of committees that you could be a part of including:-

Arts and Leisure; Cookery and Creative Crafts; Public Affairs; Communication and Marketing. 

Any member is welcome to come and observe these committees at work, please contact the Fed Sec for more details.  However, you do have to be invited to be a member of a committee and these appointments are for a two year period.

 WI advisers play a very important role in helping and advising WIs, if you feel that you have the skills and time to devote to this role, please contact us for more details. Please note that to be a WI adviser a period of training is compulsory.

National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Throughout the year NFWI offers members the opportunity to visit head office in London to meet the permanent staff who work there and members of the NFWI board. These are very informative days and give members the opportunity to raise questions, concerns and see the NFWI in action. 

NFWI also has a number of committees that WI members sit on, further information on these can be found on NFWI webpage.

The WI is What You Make It and your involvement will be dependent upon your individual circumstances, but do get involved and be a part of an amazing, diverse organisation.