We warmly welcome you to join us for friendship, fun and fundraising. We have a wide range of activities, including various interest groups that meet weekly, bi-monthly or monthly depending on the activity, monthly general meetings that feature a variety of guest speakers and other events. Within these activities we incorporate fundraising to benefit a local charity, which is chosen annually by our members.
The best way to get to know other members and develop new skills and interests is to join one or more of our interest groups. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are a novice or highly experienced. These activities may change depending on the interests of current members. Members can suggest ideas for future activities or start a new interest group should they have an interest that is not currently addressed.
Monthly meetings with entertaining, thought-provoking speakers and other events take place in Northwood at St John's United Reformed Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1DN. Our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month from September through June, doors open at 9.30am.
When the lockdown began in March 2020, NAWC suspended most of its activities. As it became clear that we would not be able to meet in person for quite some time, we started working to adapt the club's operations to continue to meet our goals under the relevant government guidelines. Some of our interest groups are meeting online, and our monthly general meetings are online until further notice. Our program of speakers will continue as will our fundraising activities. In addition, we are planning new activities that are suitable for the online setting. We look forward to being able to safely meet in person, but until then we hope you will join us online.
The meeting dates for 2020/21 are as follows.
Each year NAWC selects a local charity and raises funds to assist their work. These funds are raised at various club events and activities throughout the year. Some of those we have raised money for in the past are Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Charitable Trust, the Michael Sobell Hospice and the RNIB Sunshine House School, all of which are based in Northwood. Last year our charity was FirmFoundation, a charity based in Harrow, that helps to relieve the immediate suffering of the homeless and works with them to find practical, sustainable solutions to their needs.
Our charity for 2020/21 is Hillingdon Women's Centre. This is a registered charity that has been in operation for more than 30 years providing much-needed services to vulnerable women within the local community. The charity is open to women aged 18 and over with any issue; of which the greatest demand is for services relating to domestic abuse, housing/homelessness, mental health, poverty and isolation. It is the only centre of its kind in the local area and primarily offers a holistic approach to enable women to improve their own lives and reach their potential.
The money that NAWC raises over the coming year will assist Hillingdon Women's Centre to maintain the services that they offer to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.