About the WI

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 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 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.

Regional WIs

Dulwich WI belongs to the West Kent Federation as there is no London Federation of WIs. 

The West Kent Federation

West Kent County Federation was formed with 9 WIs in 1918 and, as we enter our centenary year, we now have 182 WIs in towns and villages and over 7500 members. Our federation is constantly expanding and so far this year we have added more new WIs to our numbers.

Each of our WIs hold regular monthly meetings and offer a variety of activities tailored to their individual members. Every WI has a unique personality and plans it’s own programme of events with something to suit everyone. Joining the WI is a wonderful way to meet new people, make new friends and there are plenty of opportunities for all members to take an active role in the various campaigns being championed by NFWI. Wherever you live in West Kent and whatever your interests and ideas, we know there is a local WI waiting to welcome you.

If you would like to get involved in shaping the future of the WI why not consider joining your Committee, serving on a Federation Sub-Committee or even becoming a Trustee of WI Adviser. Our dynamic network of trustees and sub-committees play an important role in organising an exciting and varied programme of events and activities including trips and outings, demonstrations, sporting events, informative talks by invited speakers, drama and dance days, crafting and cookery workshops and social opportunities.

Would you like to discover what WI membership has to offer you?

Our staff are always happy to put you in touch with a WI Adviser who can give you more information on WIs in your area.

Annette Smith

Federation Chairman


For further information of the West Kent Federation click the link below. 


For further information on the National WI click the link below