Our mission is:

To connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything

If you would like to meet other women to share and explore thoughts, ideas and experiences, then NWR is for you. Enjoy lively, stimulating conversation and broadened horizons whilst having fun and meeting people.

We are

  • Open-minded
  • Welcoming
  • Friendly
  • Respectful
  • interested in all issues – particularly those relevant to women's lives

We are not

  • Political
  • Religious
  • Judgemental
  • A pressure group

We do not

  • Campaign
  • Fundraise

If your children have left home, you’ve retired from work, moved to a new area, or had another change in circumstances we can offer you a wide range of activities, great discussions, new horizons and fresh connections.

NWR groups exist across the UK and if there isn't a group near you then a new group might be starting so do get in touch. Meetings are very informal and you will receive a warm welcome whatever your age or personal circumstances.

History – when and why?

NWR began in 1960 when many women were frequently denied the opportunity to return to work after starting a family. It was recognised that there was a strong need to break from domestic responsibilities and to connect with other lively-minded women. NWR continues today to celebrate the fostering of friendships and the cultivating of minds, recognising that these are timeless fundamental human needs. Visit the NWR history page to get the whole story.

Meet the team

Find out more about our staff and our trustees.

The roles of Local and Area Organisers

A number of our members volunteer to take on the role of Local Organiser and some carry out the role of Area Organisers. Whilst we strive to ensure that these roles aren't too onerous, they are nevertheless an essential element in the success of NWR at a local level. You can read more about both local organisation and Area Organisers.