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Insurance For Craft Stalls At Meetings

Following a couple of queries to the Federation Office, we would like to clarify the position on the above. If a member wishes to have a craft stall at a meeting, and they operate as a business already, then you need to check their Public Liability Insurance certificate to ensure that they are covered in the event that someone is injured or harmed by their products. Food stalls need to be able to show your their Food Hygiene certificates too. For stalls run by members where they are selling items purely made as their hobby, then they are covered under the Essex Federation’s Public Liability Insurance. However, we would need you to complete a Health and Safety check of their stall prior to the start of the sale to ensure there are no things such as trip or fire hazards etc (this list is not exhaustive).

If you are unsure and wish to double check with someone, then please call the Federation Office and ask to speak to Tony.


Purse Project Donations To Dagenham

A boot full of purse project donations, recently sewn by The Brentwood Belles WI Sewing Bee, left FEWI to go to Dagenham Homeless Hostel on Tuesday 31st October. There were 35 purses in the package which will be much appreciated by the hostel. Thank you to all members who took the time to produce some purses across the whole county – they are going to make a real difference for many ladies.


2017/18 Resolution Shortlist Released Early

Take advantage of this early release and get your WI prepped and up to speed ready to make their first decisions about the resolution(s) we will support in 2018/19!

Below is the final shortlist of resolutions for the 2017/18 resolutions process. This list was developed by federation representatives at the Resolution Shortlist Selection Meeting on 2 October. Briefing materials to support WI and federation discussions on the shortlist will be published in the November edition of WI Life and on the website during first week of November. Our  Resolutions page will have more details once released.

1. Positive body image in a digital age

This meeting urges every WI and the NFWI to campaign to ensure that government and the media industry promote healthy body images and ensure diversity is represented in the media.

2. Stop female genital mutilation

Almost 200,000 women and girls in England and Wales are affected by or threatened with the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). This figure rises to 200 million worldwide. FGM is illegal in the UK, but it is still happening. We urge the NFWI to use its collective voice and influence to raise wider awareness of the traumatic health consequences of FGM and support and partner with agencies that are working to end this practice in the UK and worldwide.

3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK

Modern slavery affects thousands of people in the UK every year, and leaves them facing servitude, forced or compulsory labour, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to raise awareness of this important issue and to lobby for more effective support for the physical and psychological health of victims of this crime.

4. Mental health matters

Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

5. Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body

Health research suggests that there is a link between gum health and serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and even dementia. The NFWI calls upon the government to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and the impact that it can have in preventing life changing acute and chronic health conditions.

Next steps

  • Briefing notes and the selection form will be published in the November edition of WI Life.
  • Additional supporting materials including detailed briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and videos will be published on the NFWI website and MyWI during the first week of November.
  • The deadline for members to return their selection slips to federations is 9thFebruary. This deadline will be published in WI Life.
  • Federations must return their tallied results to the NFWI by close of play on 16th February 2018.