SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit - Clevedon Women's Institute
Tuesday 18th June 2019 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones giving a presentation on Senior Safety to the ladies of Clevedon Women's Institute at their monthly meeting at St. Andrews Church Centre, Old Church Road, Clevedon BS21 7UE
With an audience of 40+ WI members, Ash entertained and informed the group with a 45-minute presentation on the subject of avoiding financial exploitation from scams and frauds and other deception-type offences that are frequently targetted at the elderly.
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, Ash commented, “As ever, I have really enjoyed my visit to a Women’s Institute. The Clevedon audience have been one of my best of the year so far and really engaged with our message of senior safety and avoiding frauds. There were many great questions from the crowd, although it was a sad indictment of the topic, that almost all of the ladies had been the victims of fraud or attempted fraud.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the Senior Siren magazine – the award-winning crime prevention and lifestyle magazine of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team.