NWR FAQs

NWR is organised into eight regions covering all of England, Scotland and Wales and there are over 400 groups with new groups being formed all the time. Groups range in size from 6 up to 40 members, and we currently have around 7,000 members. There are affiliated groups in Australia.

No, the NWR does not take part in campaigning or lobbying and does not raise money for anybody or any cause. It exists for the benefit of its members. It is politically neutral and does not have an agenda.

The NWR is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. The registered charity number is 295198.

Contact your local group and ask to attend a meeting for free so you can see what NWR does and what activites your local group has planned. The group organiser will provide you with the application form so that you can become a full member of NWR.

Type in a post code or an area name in the 'find your local group' section on the right hand side of the website homepage. You can then use the form on the page for the group you are interested in to contact them by email. Alternatively, contact the office in Norwich letting us know your postcode, or phone the office on 0845 450 0287 or 01603 406767 during office hours. Samantha or Angela will provide the contact details of the nearest groups.

Yes, of course. There is a New Group Pack available from the Office and NWR staff will guide and help you to establish your group. Good Luck!

With an NWR membership you get to build new and lasting relationships, meet up for stimulating conversations or rambles (with your group or any other NWR group across the country) plus the following:

Read what members say about NWR and our blog post entitled Why I'm a member?.

Yes. We have the following special interest groups:

  • Penfriend and E-friend Scheme
  • Postal Book Group
  • Correspondence Magazines and E-Mags groups

Yes, you will receive the NWR Magazine twice a year. Other regular updates come from the NWR Office and are sent to Local Organisers who then circulate to members.

There sure are! Throughout the year there is a full programme of day conferences and other events.

Our regular national events include: 

NWR has an area of its website which is reserved for NWR members only called the 'members' corner'.

Once in the members' corner, you have access to:

  • The member dashboard with all the latest news for members
  • Resource packs
  • Poetry corner
  • Creative writing
  • Special interest groups
  • Website forum
  • Social network

The current annual membership fee as of 1 April 2016 is a very modest £20 per year.

Please note that there may be additional local group fees payable annually or at each meeting for example for refreshments.

No, there is no joining fee. Newcomers are welcome to attend up to three meetings for FREE before committing to join and paying subscriptions either in full or pro rata.

The subscriptions pay for the cost of running the NWR office in Norwich and five members of staff:

  • National Organiser
  • Website and Publicity Coordinator
  • Finance Manager
  • Office Administrators (x2)

The money also goes toward website costs, the production of various handbooks and other resources for members, costs associated with the National Conference, insurance for NWR meetings and events as well as for press and publicity work and the development of publicity materials to attract new members.

The pie chart below illustrates where your money goes based on the previous subscription rate of £18.

 

Subs money distribution pie chart

 

 

NWR has to comply with the Data Protection legislation both as a Charity and as a Company Limited by Guarantee. It is a legal requirement that an up-to-date membership list is maintained. The Accountants also check payment of subscriptions as part of their annual audit. It is also necessary for NWR's insurance cover, for mailing the magazine and for those members attending the AGM and National Conference.

Yes, they will remain completely confidential.

No, under no circumstances do we sell our membership list third parties. The address labels of the Local Organisers are attached to the items in the NWR office. NO address details are ever passed to the advertisers.

We do however share our members names and addresses with our web developing company Morph, who handle our hosting services, and with the magazine mailing distribution company so that members may receive their NWR Magazine. This data is controlled by the contracts that we have with them.