New style Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tutes in­spire women on Isle of Mull

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

IN cities, towns and ru­ral ar­eas of Scot­land, a new gen­er­a­tion of women is dis­cov­er­ing for the first time the ap­peal of the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute.

They are try­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like speed craft­ing, go­ing on brew­ery trips, mak­ing cock­tails and learn­ing to play the ukulele at new branches that have popped in Leith, Shaw­lands, Aberdeen and Der­vaig on the Isle of Mull.

Moves to in­tro­duce the SWI to a broader reach of women have led to the birth of pi­lot meet­ings which are be­ing tri­alled in dif­fer­ent parts of Scot­land.

These less for­mal gath­er­ings have been en­cour­ag­ing women to meet with other like-minded women to make friend­ships and learn new skills and in­ter­ests at times of the day and week that best suit their lifestyles.

Der­vaig Di­vas held its first meet­ing in a pub in the north of Mull and has been the brain­child of the SWI’s Shee­lagh Still, who finds it re­fresh­ing to go for­ward with younger peo­ple’s ideas, in­put and en­thu­si­asm.

Shee­lagh said: ‘We recog­nise that women want flex­i­bil­ity and may wish to dip in and out of meet­ings as their other com­mit­ments al­low. It’s great to see new in­ter­est be­ing gen­er­ated in the SWI.’

The word ‘Ru­ral’ has

been dropped from the name, to re­flect the grow­ing mem­ber­ship in ur­ban ar­eas, while a new logo has been de­signed to give a fresh look along with the line ‘Women To­gether’. A new web­site has also been launched mak­ing it eas­ier to search for In­sti­tutes.

For more de­tails of how to find your near­est in­sti­tute, or ad­vice on how to set up a new one, visit or go to its Face­book pages at https://www.face­­tishWomen­sIn­sti­tutes

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