FAQs

Here we hope to provide some answers to any questions unanswered from the rest of the site. Any other questions please contact us on tooting.wi@gmail.com.

 

Why Tooting WI?

We are a new organization passionate about our local community and connecting ladies on interests or learning opportunities. Our member base is very diverse and we provide a varied programme of main meetings, clubs and other meet ups.

 

When and where are the meetings?

We hold meetings the second Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting Road. We also hold a range of side meet ups (e.g. clubs, attending local events, taking part in campaigns) and members also gain access to a range of events held by the Surrey Federation. Join our mailing list to stay updated with the full calendar.

 

What kind of activities do you do at meetings?

Each month we have a different focus, drawing upon a range of ideas submitted by our members. The aim is to be as varied as possible across the themes of personal development, skills development and social activities. Visit our programme page for more information and details of upcoming or recent events.

 

How many members do you have and do you still have spaces?

We currently have over 70 members and have space for more.

 

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit – we are inclusive organization and welcome ladies of all backgrounds and ages.

 

What’s the average age of your membership?

Our members are from a diverse range of ages. The largest age group is 30-45 but we develop our programme to cater for everyone.

 

I’m not good at baking/crafts/making jam – is the WI for me?

The WI is about so much more than crafts and making jam. From campaigns on topics of national interest to skills development, the aim is to connect ladies on a broad range of topics. Our programme is designed with this ethos in mind and includes a varied range of activities such as self defence, screen printing and wine tasting.

Of course if you do like craft and baking we have a club to connect you with other members with that interest.

 

I’ve never been a member of the WI before, does that matter?

Not at all, many of our members are first time members.

 

Do you have clubs to join?

We currently have a Craft Club and a Book Club. We are open to ideas from members interested to set up clubs – once you are a member this is your organization to contribute and provide input to.

 

Can I try a taster before joining?

Of course! You can attend any of our meetings for a guest fee which is typically £4 to £6, to help cover events.

 

How much does it cost to join?

The cost for an annual membership is £41 and if you join during the year that fee will be at quarterly pro-rata fee.

 

How do I join?

Simply attend our meeting and complete a form. You will need to bring your membership fee in cash or pay by cheque made payable to Tooting WI.

 

Do I have to be a member to attend your meetings? 

You can meetings as guest with an applicable guest entry fee (typically £4-6, depending on the activity). However,  we restrict access to our clubs, side events and national WI events to members. By joining you gain access to a whole range of events and also have the chance to input to campaigns.

 

Can I bring my pet along?

Unfortunately our regular venue for meetings does not allow pets. However for meetings taking place outside or at other events you are welcome to check with the venue and bring your pet along, under your supervision.

 

Can I bring my child along?

We want to do whatever we can to make it possible for local ladies to take part in our organization. It is best to let us know ahead of the event if you are bringing your child so we can address any health and safety issues and make sure everyone is comfortable. Please contact us.

 

Can I bring a friend to a meeting?

Of course, if they are not already a member they will just be asked to pay the guest entry fee (typically £4-6, depending on the activity).

 

What happens to my data?

All data is stored in a secure database provided by the WI and is handled according to UK data privacy legislation.

 

How can I start a club?

We would love for members to start new clubs. You simply need to let us know what you are interested in setting up so we can tell other members about it at the next meeting and through email or our website. Please contact us on tooting.wi@gmail.com.

 

Can I join the Committee?

We currently have space for a couple of new Committee members. Committee members meet once a month, ahead of the main meeting for an ongoing organization of all of the upcoming activities.