New style Scottish Women’s Institutes inspire women on Isle of Mull
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 www.swi.org or go to its Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/ScottishWomensInstitutes