What comes to mind when you think of the Women’s Institute? A group of elderly women having a natter over tea and scones? Well, you’ve clearly never come across the Balsall Heath WI, then! Never mind the tea and scones, this group of Birmingham’s finest ladies meet on the first Sunday of every month to do something awesome.
Born only two years ago, over 50 local women came together to celebrate the launch of the Balsall Heath WI. Bringing together the women of Balsall Heath and beyond in sisterhood, these fabulous ladies aim to make our community a better place through friendship, activities, campaigns and shared skills.
Amongst their packed programme of activity includes bike maintenance, urban foraging, talks and discussions (admittedly with lots of tea and cake!) and all kinds of music and community events throughout the year, plus more – you name it, they do it. They work hard to help our community become an all round nicer place to live, work and socialise, and it looks like they have a good time doing it, too!
Want to get involved? You don’t strictly have to be from Balsall Heath to get involved – many of the members are from surrounding Birmingham suburbs, with the constituency seeing an increasing number of younger women joining – right on, ladies! Come along and see what it’s all about – your first meeting is free, so there’s no excuse!
You can find Balsall Heath WI on Facebook here.