Cynnal Cymru Supports 100 Years of the Women’s Institute

Anne Jones, Helen Nelson & Rhian Connick

Cynnal Cymru Supports 100 Years of the Women’s Institute

Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales were delighted to support the Centenary of the National Federation of WI’s, earlier this month.

The WI is the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK with over 212,000 members. The first WI meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in September 1915, and the organisation has a strong network in Wales.

Helen Nelson attended the WI evening reception at the stunning art deco headquarters of the Royal Society of British Architects in the heart of London on behalf of Cynnal Cymru; having worked closely with the WI over the years. Cynnal Cymru and the WI have focussed on issues such as climate change, sustainable development and regenerating the high street and have plans to continue working in these areas in light of the new Well-being of Future Generation Act in Wales.

In 2009, WI members from Llandewi Brefi Eco team in Ceredigion were voted Green Heroes, in Cynnal Cymru’s Wales Green List. More recently the WI played an active role in the Wales We Want National Conversation by arranging events on ‘The Wales that Women Want in 2050’ project and to consolidate the relationship Rhian Connick, head of the WI in Wales was also Cynnal Cymru Board Member and Chair.

Helen Nelson, Programme Manager for Cynnal Cymru said “It was a pleasure to be able to support the WI celebrate their centenary having been involved in many projects with the WI. We look forward to continuing to work as partners on a sustainable Wales for future generations”.

Anne Jones, Chair of WI said “we were delighted that Cynnal Cymru was able to join us in celebrating a 100 years of the WI. We value the partnership with Cynnal Cymru and look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure that the vital role women play in achieving a sustainable future for their families and communities is recognised”.