NFWI Update Re Forthcoming GDPR Legislation
NFWI were hoping to be in a position to brief federations in late March, early April, however as their solicitors are understandably extremely busy with issuing advice to all clients, they will not be able to communicate their full package of information until the beginning of May. In the meantime, they would like to support WIs by confirming the following:
By now you might have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), new EU-wide privacy legislation coming into force at the end of May. This is the biggest update to data protection law in 20 years so it is important to be aware of changes and what they mean both to your WI and for you as an individual.
What can you expect from the NFWI?
We are currently working with our solicitor to draft the necessary documentation we need to work towards GDPR compliance across the WI. From the beginning of May information will be made available to WIs and federations. This will include an updated Member Registration Form and a Data Privacy Code of Conduct, GDPR compliance guidelines tailored specifically to WIs.
What can federations/WIs do now?
Federations and WIs can familiarise themselves with the new regulation by reading the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICOs) “Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – 12 steps to take now” available online at:
however we would suggest not taking any further action before guidance is issued by the NFWI.
Who can I speak to about GDPR/Data Protection?
If you have any concerns or queries you can email email@example.com or call the NFWI on 020 7371 9300.
Online Booking Now Live For Denman
Yes, Denman have gone fully digital with their bookings which should reduce the strain on their phone lines too. So take a look at their website updates and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy.
Sports Week is back for 2018!
WI Sports Week is making a welcome return in 2018!
After the popularity of the first WI Sports Week, held in 2016, the week-long sports event is being repeated in 2018 (and will continue to occur biannually). From 15th – 22nd September 2018 why not offer your members the chance to try out some new, different or maybe challenging sports activities. Last time we had WIs completing a variety of challenges from abseiling, to tennis, to weight training to archery. Lots of local venues, particularly places such as scouting and guiding centres offer taster classes for very reasonable rates.
Let us know your plans beforehand by dropping us an email with details of what you’ve got organised.
And obviously once the events are underway, we’d love to see all your photos of what you all got up to! Here’s some members from the last Sports Week in 2016…
WI members to get a WIggle on
England Netball and The NFWI are delighted to announce a partnership that will see Walking Netball sessions provided to WIs across the country. An open application period saw over 200 WIs express an interest in being part of this exciting project.
Find out more about this here: Get A WIggle On!
MyWI Launched By NFWI
How can I help my WI members access this new service?
If you haven’t yet received a ‘Welcome to the Digital WI’ email with your ‘My WI’ login details, you can now request access to the site online. Simply go to https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/ and press the ‘Request Access’ button. Alternatively please call us on 020 7371 9300 and select option 0 to get set up over the phone.
‘My WI’, the dedicated WI membership site is now live. Find more information below.
What is My WI?
My WI is a new NFWI website that’s exclusive to WI members, to help them get the best from their membership. From the latest NFWI information and advice for running your WI, to campaigns actions and inspiring cookery, craft and floral design projects that have been specially designed for members – My WI is a one-stop-shop for everything a WI member needs to know.
When can I access it?
The website officially launched at the NFWI Annual Meeting on 7 June and all members have been gradually receiving detailed instructions explaining how to access the site since Monday 12 June.
If you haven’t yet received a ‘Welcome to the Digital WI’ email with your ‘My WI’ login details, you can now request access to the site online. Simply go to https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/ and press the ‘Request Access’ button. Please note to ensure your account is secure your personal information is verified manually, which may take up to 5 working days.
Alternatively please call us on 020 7371 9300 and select option 0 and we will be able to get you up and running over the phone.
Please ensure you have a valid email address registered on the MCS before requesting access, as this is the email address your Digital WI login details will be sent to. You can contact your MCS Rep or Federation if you are unsure.
How do I login?
An email will be sent to the email address registered on your MCS record. Follow the steps outlined in the email to create a secure ‘Digital WI’ password. Once your password has been set you will be able to use your account to access both the MCS and My WI. The MCS (Membership Communications System) is the secure WI database that holds members’ details and enables communication throughout the organisation. It is important that the information on your MCS record is always up to date. With a Digital WI account you will have full control of your information.
Why do I need an email address and password to use My WI?
All the membership news, campaigns actions and projects on My WI are exclusive and provided as an additional benefit to help members get the most from the WI. Having a login means only members can access them.
What if I am already an MCS user? (WI MCS Rep etc.)
If you are already an MCS user and have a password, you won’t need to do anything. You can access My WI now using your existing MCS username and password. Simply visit https://mywi.thewi.org.uk to get started.
For more information about My WI, you can download this leaflet from the Communications department.
NFWI taking part in Show the Love again in 2018
Last year 500 members requested the community pack and over 130 WIs sent in photos from their community events. NFWI want to build on this and make 2018 even bigger! A community pack with exciting ways you can take part and new craft and baking templates and green heart stickers will be ready by November.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the community pack and stickers when they are ready, and specify whether you want to receive them via post or email.