SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Rhiwderin Women's Institute
Tuesday 27th February 2018, has seen SCLT volunteer Jon Williams attending the regular meeting of the Rhiwderin Women's Institute (WI) in the Village Hall in Rhiwderin (NP12 8RL). The group meet regularly to keep abreast of local affairs, to enjoy guest speakers and to enjoy each other’s company over a cup of tea and a biscuit, whilst participating in arts and crafts competitions and arranging interesting trips to local amenities.
Jon delivered one of the SCLT Charity’s highly acclaimed senior safety lectures for the group on the subject of avoiding financial harm in later life. The state-of-the-art presentation includes eye-catching animation, video and sound content to keep the audience enthralled throughout, whilst learning about the myriad dangers that everyone encounters in their daily lives around fraud and scams.
The Women's Institute (WI), is a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.
The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (Llanfair PG), Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and it is now the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK. The organisation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 and currently has approximately 208,000 members in 7,000 WIs.
Amongst WI aims and activities are providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, enabling them to take part in a wide variety of activities, campaigning on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Every individual WI meets at least once a month and there is usually a speaker, demonstration or activity at every meeting for members to learn and develop a range of different skills. Craft has always played an important role in the WI and thousands of members are involved in a range of different crafts across England and Wales.
The Women's Institute is often associated with food, cooking and healthy eating, and food and cooking form an important part of the WI's history.
At the conclusion of the evening, Jon commented, “As ever, I have really enjoyed my visit to a Women’s Institute group. The Rhiwderin WI audience have been one of my best of the year so far and really connected with our senior safety presentation. There were many great questions from the crowd and I was delighted to have the opportunity to join everyone tonight and to share our established tips on staying safe”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members.