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College WI leads the way
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A tutor with the mCommunity project at Pembrokeshire College was chosen as one of just five WI members to feature in the new WI Guide.
Created to showcase the broad nature and scope of the WI, the guide features an introduction to the WI brand together with advice on how to set up and run a successful WI.
A founding member of the Pembrokeshire College WI – the very first workplace WI to be established in Wales – Emma was instrumental in setting up the group which plans regular excursions and monthly meetings to help members get away from the stresses of the office and is now called upon to help other organisations set up their own workplace WIs.
Like many, the Pembrokeshire College WI is about more than just socialising. After noticing the reduction in funding available for local charities the College WI stepped in to support their local women’s refuge with members providing toiletries and Easter eggs for the children when they arrive with nothing.
Foremost in Emma’s, and her colleagues’ minds, is the need to keep their WI fresh and relevant so as to maintain everyone’s attention. That way they can focus on what they enjoy which, as she puts it, is ‘physically meeting and sharing ideas.’
Emma has observed how women are poor at making time for themselves but that the WI is somewhere they can make time without the usual guilt. And there they can learn so much, ‘we run all sorts of courses from a confidence course to a cocktail-making demonstration.’ The latter was emphatically not a cheese and wine evening. But she’s keen to point out, ‘we all hanker after learning basic skills like cooking, so it helped when one of our members who was a good cook showed us some easy recipes.’
To find out more about the WI go to www.thewi.org.uk