Join us

NWR is an organisation for all women.

Our members meet face-to-face and online, assured of a warm welcome.

Why join NWR?

NWR membership benefits are numerous and varied.


  • Participate in discussions with your group on a range of subjects
  • Play a part in creating your group’s programme of discussion topics
  • Take part in online meetings
  • Receive the NWR Magazine featuring articles, member news and NWR news
  • Read our regular e.newsletters
  • Listen live to a wide range of online quality talks and participate in the Q&A
  • Access past recordings of NWR online talks and magazines
  • Share your thoughts at an online book group
  • Participate in the Big Read


  • Build new and lasting friendships
  • Benefit from a local network of women
  • Build new contacts when you move to a new area
  • Get out and about with new friends
  • Connect with women across the country
  • Meet fellow members at our national conference and regional events


  • Laugh and have fun at meetings with light-hearted discussion topics
  • Solve the puzzles in the NWR newsletter or join an online quiz
  • Join a group entering the Telephone Treasure Trail – NWR’s annual interactive national quiz event
  • Start a new hobby – join a sub-group and connect with women with similar interests
  • Go on outings and trips with your local group
  • Learn something new at our annual online conference
What does NWR mean to you – members share their views

Membership options

Local group membership

If you opt to be affiliated to a local group, we will send you details of NWR groups near you. You’ll be invited to attend local group meetings and to choose the best group for you. If you want, you can attend up to three meetings free-of-charge before joining NWR.

Each local group decides its own programme, providing new members with the opportunity to select a group that suits them. Programmes cover a wide range of topics from the serious to the light-hearted, and participation is encouraged.

Members affiliated to a local group can volunteer as local organisers, or support their group as treasurer, publicity officer, or in another role.

NWR members affiliated to a local group can participate in the national programme of events and activities, with their group or as individual members.

Independent membership

NWR’s independent members are not affiliated to a local group, but can take part in any group’s events and activities.

NWR independent members can also participate in the national programme of events and activities as individual members.

Start a new local group

We welcome requests from new or established members to start new local groups. You may know women who would like to form a group with you, or NWR can put you in touch with women near you who may wish to join your new group.

New group organisers receive specific assistance from NWR staff and the members network. A comprehensive handbook detailing over 60 years’ experience of starting new NWR local groups is available, and NWR staff are allocated to support efforts and provide materials.

Why I joined NWR

My first ‘exposure’ to NWR was just two months after I was widowed, when I was asked by an old friend if I would like to attend a regional conference. The day was so interesting, and I was made so welcome by my friend’s local group, I knew I had to join.

Janet Lyons

Janet Lyons

NWR saved my life! I left work, moved house to another town and had a baby all in a few weeks… I wasn’t in a good place. Five years later, then with a second child, we moved to Essex and having heard about NWR I vowed to join within the first few weeks of moving. The group were like a new family to me. I’m not sure what I would have done without NWR. Thank you.

Carol Colledge

During the pandemic, my happiest days have been Thursdays when we have been permitted when not in lockdown to continue with our NWR walking group, enjoying the wonderful countryside and coast of Dorset.

Sheila Warren

Sheila Warren


How much does membership cost?

NWR membership is just £30 per year. We prefer payment by Direct Debit as this allows us to focus more resources on delivering a fun and engaging programme for members.

The NWR hardship fund can provide financial assistance for the payment of the annual member subscription fee. To talk to a member of NWR staff in confidence about the financial assistance available, please email Chris Allison.

Where is my nearest NWR group?

See NWR local groups to find your closest group. New groups start regularly so even if we don’t have a group listed near to you please do get in touch.

When are NWR meetings?

Each group has its own programme of events and activities. See the list of events and individual group pages for more information.

How do I make my application?

We’re very glad you’d like to join – welcome! Join online. It’s quick and easy.

Can I start my own group?

Yes, you’ll receive specific assistance from NWR staff and the members network. A comprehensive handbook detailing over 60 years’ experience of starting new NWR groups is available, and NWR staff will be allocated to support your efforts and provide materials.

Can I try NWR for free?

Prospective members can try up to three ‘taster events’ free of charge before selecting either to affiliate with a local group, or to join as an independent member, or to set up a new local group.