Clubs evolved during the 1950’s to serve the needs of the many new housing estates springing up after the Second World War. In 1976 the NAWC became independent and received Charity Status. We had been getting an annual grant from The Dept. of Innovation and Skills which recognised the aims of informal education and citizenship, however, this grant has ceased and we are now self-supporting, with each member paying an annual subscription. We also rely on donations from our clubs and our own fund raising activities.
There are many clubs throughout the country with a membership of almost 4000 . Each club is a non-political non-sectarian group open to all women whatever their age and interests. Each club is self-governing, choosing its own officers, meeting place and times to fit the needs of their particular neighbourhood. A wide range of activities caters for all tastes but as the NAWC is an educational charity, the emphasis should be on self-development.
An Annual Conference is held at which resolutions put by member Associations and Single Clubs are debated. Resolutions are of national importance and many pieces of legislation have been passed over the years in which the clubs feel their voice has been instrumental.
Members have the opportunity to attend Weekends Away and One Day Workshops held in various parts of the country.
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We meet up, have fun and create educational opportunities, the chance to build new skills and also campaign on issues that matter to our members and their communities.