The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 190,000 members in approximately 6,000 WIs.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. The organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WIs are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status.
The national headquarters of the WI are located in Parsons Green, London.
Each WI is self-governing within the framework of the WI constitution and rules and belongs to one of 69 federations – each with a regional office. The 6,000 WIs and 69 federations make up the National Federation.
Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (CFWI), established in 1920, is the largest Federation in the country with around 200 WI’s covering Cheshire, South Manchester, Warrington and Wirral.
Cheshire Federation Headquarters are based at 11, White Friars, Chester, CH1 1NZ
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