About us

Belles at a march holding a banner

We are Borough Belles Women’s Institute. Founded in September 2009, we’re looking for as many like-minded ladies as possible to join our group.

We celebrate all the things the WI stands for: insightful speakers and presentations, interesting craft projects, and a whole lot of cake. Our mascot is our lovely London honeybee – industrious and adaptable, not to mention a provider of delicious treats!

We seek to embody the WI’s motto of ‘Inspiring women’, forging friendships and sparking passions that will benefit both us and the communities we live in.

Our next meeting

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month – currently, these meetings are online.

To find out more about the upcoming meeting topics, please view our events at: https://www.facebook.com/boroughbelleswi/events/ – you do not need a Facebook account to view!

How to join the Borough Belles

If you’re interested in joining the Borough Belles or coming as a guest to a meeting, please email boroughbelleswi@gmail.com.

**Membership for 2021 is open for the cost of £44 for the year. Guests are always very welcome to meetings for a suggested donation of £5. Guest fee for members of other WIs £2.50**

If you’ve signed up as a fully fledged Borough Belle you’ll receive one of our fantastic members’ packs with a selection of wonderful goodies the next time we have a physical meeting.

As a member you get free entry to every monthly meeting until April 2022, invites to our member social events and eight copies of WI Life magazine a year delivered directly to your door.

What to expect! Our physical meetings run for two hours. Our virtual meeting duration varies and is usually 1.5 hours. Don’t worry about coming on your own, many of our ladies, including half the committee, came along on their own! 

Our chosen charity

This year’s chosen charity as voted for by the Borough Belles Members is Bede House.

Bede House is a leading Southwark charity, working with victims of relationship abuse, young people, adults with learning disabilities and the wider community.

Find out more about Bede House on their website.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

WI membership is open to all women. The WI welcomes and celebrates a diverse cross-section of women, offering a space where they can be themselves, surrounded by other supportive women. We want Borough Belles WI to be representative of our local area and a place where nobody is made to feel like they don’t belong.

We recognise that all women’s lived experiences are different. Borough Belles WI is committed to ensure all members are treated fairly and equally whatever their background or individual circumstances. We try to do all we can to ensure we are welcoming to all women who want to be involved in the Women’s Institute. This includes Black women and women from ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ women, disabled women, refugee and asylum-seeking women, women of all ages, carers, working class women, and women of all faiths and none. Borough Belles aims to be and is working towards being an actively anti-racist organisation. We recognise our wider responsibility to ensure that the principles of equality and diversity sit within the core ideals of the wider WI movement. 

Being a WI member means: 

  • Upholding the core values and ideals of the WI which are fellowship, truth, tolerance, and justice. 
  • Utilising educational opportunities to continue learning. 
  • Welcoming all women and forming friendships.
  • Speaking up against inequity and promoting meaningful change in society. 

We also have a duty of care to all WI members, who have the right to feel safe and protected within all our spaces. We acknowledge that treating members equally does not necessarily equate to treating everyone the same, but rather ensuring that all individuals’ needs are met and accommodated.  We aim to be open to women regardless of their financial situation. We know there is always more that we can be doing to allow all women to be involved, and we are always happy to hear feedback on what we could be doing better, so please contact us on boroughbelleswi@gmail.com if you have any comments or suggestions. To read more on equality, diversity and inclusion, please visit the WI’s website.

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