Campaigns & Communication Team



Chair Suzanne Plamping

Are you looking for something new ? Are you wanting to get involved in Federation activities? Then the opportunity to join this Team might be what you are looking for. The aim is to oversee all aspects of communication with and on behalf of the Federation. This includes all media contact, social media, website, printed format and  'in person' promotional events. To develop and publicise WI campaigns and promotions. if you are interested

March 2024

We are looking for members to join our team. There are lots of ways you can get involved; by volunteering at events, creating content for social media, speaking to other members and the public about climate change or becoming a champion for a specific campaign. We meet once a month in the evening on Zoom. You could help influence the direction of the team in the future! If you think you could help or would like to know more, please contact me

ACWW ‘Women walk the World’ is an annual event and this year we have organised a walk and light lunch of soup and pudding at Oxton a few days earlier on St Georges day, Tuesday 23rd April. So, it would be great to see you there, we will also have a sales table with proceeds going to ACWW.

Have you seen the flyer about the “Show the Love” Shopping Bag Challenge which we have asked your WI to take part in? We hope you will accept the challenge to help your local food bank and save the use of plastic at the same time. There are patterns on the Federation SharePoint and if you need any fabric this can be available and collected from the Literary Lunch, Annual Federation Meeting or the ACWW walk. Please get in touch so I can bring the right amount.

February 2024


show the love

2024 is a new year with new challenges – this year the Campaigns and Communication Team challenge you to make bags. An enclosure form is with your WI with all the details. The bags can be made from reused fabric, or any spare material you no longer need. When you have made the bag perhaps you might want to add in a few food items, then we would love you to donate it to your local food bank.  Trussell Trust - Hope and Bassetlaw Group have replied and are pleased that we are linking together to show the love to the environment (reducing plastic) and to your community. They will then reuse any bags we make.

What to do:

1. Bag your bags (make sure they are strong and large enough - there are patterns on SharePoint).

2. Count up the bags and drop off at a food bank or alternatively at County Office

3. Complete the form (or email it)

4. Make some more bags and repeat. The challenge runs over the next 6 months.  Submissions     should be made by 1st October, so we can have a count up.

We have some exciting plans for September to celebrate the WI and the ‘Voices of Women’ there will be a Co-operative Competition for your WI!


This month we hear from Coral Simpson who, as Climate Ambassador, attended the NFWI Climate Conference on the 17October at Abbey Centre in Westminster.

“I was able to meet other WI members, WI Climate Ambassadors, and some of the expert panel on climate change and the environment. We were honoured to have many speakers and panellists including Lady Theresa May, Sir Alok Sharma, Ed Miliband MP, Chris Skidmore MP as well as representatives from voluntary and charity organisations: Angela Francis, Director of Policy Solutions for WWF; Tessa Khan, Co-Founder of Uplift; Pete Chalkley, Director of ECIU; Emma Howard Boyd, Former Chair of the Environment Agency; Helen Pankhurst of Care International; Luke Tryl, UK Director of More in Common; Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Professor of Social Change at the University of Bath.”

If you interested in getting involved either, contact the office or check out the information on


Did you know that Nottinghamshire Federation WI collect these items to re-use/recycle?

  • Jewellery & Watches in any material even if damaged or broken
  • Currency any coins or banknotes, UK & foreign (even if out of circulation)
  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras old film, digital and video
  • Stamps loose, single, albums, first day covers, presentation packs, collections
  • Gadgets Sat-Navs, Ipods, MP3 players, games consoles, games & accessories
  • Inkjet Cartridges

You can take items to County House or to any Federation event you are attending.

From all the Team, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


In October I attended the NFWI’s Resolution shortlist Meeting together with over 100 members from other Federations. We decided on the top 4 resolutions to go forward for the next step in the Resolution process. To help members decide on their choice we are holding a Resolutions Shortlist meeting on Wednesday 29th of November at County House where we will give details and discuss the proposed Resolutions. The next step is the publication in the Nov/Dec edition of WI Life for members to make their choices. Then send or email your choice to the Federation and we send them on to NFWI. The top resolution will then be debated in your WI May meetings and to be voted on at the National Federation’s Annual Meeting taking place next June in London. An application form is with WIs this month if you would like to apply to be a delegate and represent four WIs.


There is a lot happening with new campaign “Clean Rivers”The Home Birds WI are making  water goddesses to send to MPs, councillors and water companies. Find out more on Although the new campaign is in full swing, the resolution process to shortlist submissions for next year is just starting. On Wednesday 29 November at County House the team will be holding a Resolution Shortlist Information meeting to provide information and hold a discussion on the resolutions to be published in the December WI Life so that each member can vote by February.

no more violence

November marks the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which commences on the 25th November.  Can you remember our day last year at Nottingham Playhouse? This year the Team and Trustees are having a Coffee Morning at County House on 7th December, but if your WI is holding a vigil please let us know, we would love to be invited, or send in a photo.  Also, you might be interested in taking part in designing a tote bag. This is open to all WI members (Closing date 3rd November)

Events mentioned above can be found in previous enclosures, SharePoint and on website



The poster gives you details of any of your unwanted jewellery that we can Recycle, the proceeds will help to raise funds for the Federation. An enclosure to your WI includes more details for anyone wishing to post direct. However, you can also bring your items into the Federation County Office for the Communications Team to box and bag up – these include the items in the poster but also e-recycling items – these all have raw materials that can be reused in them: we are collecting

  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras (old film, digital and video)
  • Gadgets (Sat-Navs, Ipods, MP3 players, games consoles, Tablets, e-readers, (games & accessories)

This project helps the environment but will also raise funds for the Federation.


If you want to hear more about what NFWI are doing on Campaigns sign up to digest Or observe on our committee or join the team, we meet via zoom currently the second Tuesday 19:30. You are welcome to come along as an ahoc member for a specific campaign or as a general member to help shape the campaigns and events in Nottinghamshire.


LOGODevelopment of the Digital Team

We have a digital team who support WI members with digital matters. This is not a closed group and more people are welcome, whatever level of commitment you can give.


If you have a Resolution you wish to submit please contact



We have a vacancy for the ACWW Representative. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

YOU can join ACWW as an individual or as a group.

YOU can get involved with programmes to help rural women.

YOU can keep informed about women needing our help through ‘The Countrywoman’, the quarterly magazine which covers ACWW news and international projects. All members receive a copy of ‘The Countrywoman’ quarterly.

YOU can encourage donations to Pennies for Friendship at your meetings.

YOU and your members could organise an ACWW Awareness Day or a fundraising event.

YOU can find out more from the website:

Join ACWW and make life better for rural women worldwide.


  • Sign up for updates to the NFWI campaigns: They will be putting together a campaign action pack for members who want to get involved with the campaign. Get in touch with the public affairs team using the details below to register your interest. Email: :Post: NFWI PA department, 104 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4LY :Telephone: 020 7371 9300 ext 212 : Tweet: @WomensInstitute