We are delighted to announce a change to the former pro-rata subscription rate ineligibility period of 10 years. Following feedback from members and very careful consideration by the Board of Trustees, this ineligibility period has been reduced to 1 year.
The aim is to maintain the function of having an ineligibility period for former members so WIs are not disrupted by individuals switching their membership on and off, while bringing in the most welcoming and encouraging approach possible for our former WI members who wish to re-join. This will also support WIs wishing to reach out to their former members and invite them back – helping to retain as many members as possible.
This will come into action from 1st April 2021 so it can be active and applied throughout the next pro rata year.
There are so many life events that can lead to women feeling they have to give up their WI membership, such as moving house, new career, becoming a mother, periods of debilitating illness, increased demands on time due to caring etc. We know that many of these members would like to re-join as soon as they feel able to and their WIs want to be as accommodating as possible to help them do so. Reducing the pro rata ineligibility period to 1 year will we hope be a very practical and impactful way of enabling WIs to offer this understanding and support.
- This only applies from April 2021 going forward (no retrospective refunds or arrangements can be made for former members who re-joined before this date).
- The rules on dual membership remain the same. Dual members only pay the WI portion to their second WI so there is no pro rata rate for this.