Member Associations

This page provides a brief description of each of FIWAL’s member organisations. Click on the name below, or scroll through the page to find descriptions, website and email links (where available). If a website or email link is not shown for the organisation you are interested in, please contact FIWAL or contact your club’s FIWAL delegate.

American Women of Berkshire and Surrey (AWBS)
American Women’s Club of London (AWC)
American Women of Surrey
Arab Women’s Association (AWA)
Association of Turkish Women in Britain
Australian Women’s Club (AWC)
Canadian Women’s Club (CWC)
Chilean Ladies Group
Commonwealth Countries’ League (CCL)
Corona Worldwide (Women’s Corona Society)
FOCUS Information Services
International Arab Women’s Council
Iranian Women’s Association
Italian Cultural Association (Il Circolo)
Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club (KCWC)
London Ladies Club
Londres Accueil
Lykion Ton Hellinidon
New Zealand Women’s Association
Overseas Women’s Club
Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA)
Petroleum Women’s Club (PWC)
S.O.S. Children’s Villages of Pakistan
Turkish Women’s Philanthropic Association (TWPA)
University Women’s Club
Welcome Clubs International
Welcome to London International Club
Women’s Council
Women’s India Association of the UK

AWBSAmerican Women of Berkshire and Surrey (AWBS)
The AWBS international Women’s Club is a not-for-profit, non-partisan club that provides a welcome to individuals living in England.  Originally founded in 1982 as an American club for Berkshire and Surrey, our 400 members, representing over 20 nationalities, gather monthly for social, cultural and philanthropic events.  Individuals are welcome to join if part of one of the international school communities or have interests in or ties to the United States.  AWBS Website.  Contact by Email.

American Women’s Club of London (AWC)
Founded in 1889, AWC maintains club premises, the local A.WC., which serves as a centre for American women in London. The club’s principal objectives are to provide educational, social and philanthropic activities while offering friendship and a support system for fellow Americans living in Britain. AWC Website.  Contact by Email.

American Women of Surrey (AWS)
The AWS is a not-for-profit club founded in 1975 to provide a welcoming atmosphere for expatriates and their families living in Surrey. The club offers over 400 members – representing more than 40 nationalities – social, cultural and philanthropic opportunities to enhance their expatriate experience. AWS Website. Contact by Email.

Arab Women’s Association (AWA)
The Arab Women’s Association (AWA) is a UK registered charity founded by a group of women whose aim is to help the needy and the under-privileged in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. The AWA has worked in association with Save The Children’s Fund and UNICEF UK.  The organisation is committed to support a large number of children through its Children’s Fund Programme. Formed in 1983 this programme aids orphans, handicapped children and poor families living in camps. It further supports these children, as they grow, to take up vocational training which helps them to secure a profession. Amongst other projects which the AWA sponsors is a Revolving Fund Programme and a project which offers psychiatric help to traumatised women and children. The AWA raises funds by holding social and cultural events. It has, so far, organised 23 Annual Fund Raising Gala Dinners. Amongst Guests of honour who attended and supported these dinners are H. M. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Mrs Cherie Booth Blair QC, the belated Mr Robin Cook MP and recently Mr Nick Clegg MP. Contact by Email.

Association of Turkish Women in Britain
The Association of Turkish Woman in Britain (ATWIB) was established in 2002 as a voluntary-based organization with charitable aims. The Association organizes social, cultural, educational and recreational activities aimed at encouraging friendship and strengthening solidarity between Turkish women residing in Britain. In a relatively short period of time the association’s voluntary efforts and fundraising has helped many organizations and projects. ATWIB have made donations to numerous charities and give valuable support to educational projects for the unprivileged both here and abroad. The Honorary President of the Association is the spouse of the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Britain. Being a proud member of FIWAL; ATWIB is also an active and prominent member of the Federation of Turkish Associations in the UK (FTA UK). ATWIB Website. Contact by Email.

Australian Women’s Club
Founded in 1985 the AWC invites all Australian women, and those with a close association with Australia, to join us in an inclusive, friendly and supportive atmosphere. Membership of the Club opens the doors to a varied range of social, educational and cultural activities enabling you to make friends easily and enjoy your time in the UK. Our activities are mainly held during the day but we also have some evening activities so those working can join in on the fun too! Our membership base ranges from long-term residents to those newly arrived and this provides a great level of knowledge, experience and expertise that is shared freely. Please visit our website to find out more about us and we look forward to hearing from you. AWC Website. Facebook.  Contact by Email.

Canadian Women’s Club (CWC)
The CWC was founded in 1932. Membership is mainly Canadian women and those who have interest in Canada. The club is social for its members but several fundraising functions are organized to raise money to support Canadian Veterans and their families who live in the United Kingdom and for a scholarship fund for Canadian post- graduate students to study in the United Kingdom. CWC Website. Contact by Email.

Chilean Ladies Group
The Group was formed to provide support and friendship to the wives of diplomats who work in London. Funds raised at monthly social events, normally coffee mornings and visits to historic places, are donated to charities who look after children in Chile.
Contact the President, Maria Elvira Berho by Email.

Commonwealth Countries’ League (CCL)
The CCL was founded in 1952 to secure equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women and to promote mutual understanding in those countries which make up today’s Commonwealth. Since 1967, the CCL has run a sponsorship scheme to help underprivileged girls of high academic ability to finish secondary school in their own country. To date, 1,200 girls have been sponsored. CCL Website. Contact by Email.

CORONA Worldwide (Women’s Corona Society)
Corona Worldwide (formerly Women’s Corona Society) was founded in 1950 and we have just celebrated 60 years. Corona’s aims are to provide support and education for women going overseas, as well as a range of services in the UK. We have 19 UK Branches and 20 Overseas Branches. We offer a briefing service for women and men embarking on their overseas postings, giving a more personal insight in what to expect in a new country. CORONA Website. Contact by Email.

FOCUS Information Services
FOCUS is a membership organization that assists international professionals and their families to successfully settle in the UK.  FOCUS staff have a combined total of 80+ years of first hand expat experience.  We offer personal one-to-one contact in our Kensington office, seminars, a bi-monthly magazine, informational emails, career development and a website with over 7,000 resources. FOCUS Website.  Contact by Email.

International Arab Women’s Council
Contact by Email.

Iranian Women’s Association (IWA)fiwal iranian
The Iranian Women’s Association is the first and only UK-based international members association for Iranian women. We are committed to building a global network of Iranian female professionals. IWA is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious membership association which promotes its aims without regard as to race, language or ethnicity. IWA is not involved in any activities that are, directly or indirectly, related to women’s rights. IWA Website. Contact.

Italian Cultural Association (Il Circolo)
Il Circolo is a non-profit voluntary organization with 250 members. It was created as an Italian Cultural Association in 1995 with the aim of promoting Italian culture in the United Kingdom through the grant of scholarships. It organizes for its members and guests such activities as visits to museums, exhibitions and historical buildings, as well as conferences, lectures, Italian and foreign language classes and the Italian Christmas Bazaar, which features typical as well as unusual Italian products. Il Circolo Website. Contact by Email.

kcwc (Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club)kcwc-logo

is an organisation of international and British women offering activities lectures, courses and special events, as well as monthly general meetings with prestigious speakers. Founded in 1983, we aim to foster interaction and friendship among women while helping to enrich them through social, education and cultural activities. One need not be a resident of RBKC to belong to our club, nor are their any age or nationality restrictions for membership.   kcwc Website. Contact by Email.

The London Ladies Club
We have inviting and sociable clubhouse facilities, just off Sloane Square, where our members can meet over luncheon/dinner or at one of our regular Thursday morning clubhouse talks.  Members and their guests can also stay for the weekend, which is useful if they live out of town. Our varied and exciting programme of events specialises in going behind the scenes at places not usually available to the public. We have an extensive list of membership benefits such as free tickets to fairs and exhibitions as well as associations with other specialist societies. LLC Website. Contact by Email. (please note that the LLC website will not be operational 4 Dec 2011 – 4 Jan 2012)

Londres Accueil
The Association is a not-for-profit organization, the aim of which is to welcome and integrate French speaking persons settling in London and the surrounding area, as well as to organize various activities which facilitate friendly contact. Londres Accueil was founded 25 years ago. Londres Accueil Website. Contact by Email.

Lykion Ton Hellinidon (Lyceum of Greek Women)
The Lykion Ton Hellinidon was established in London in 1979 and set as its objectives the study, preservation, promotion and propagation of all aspects of the Hellenic cultural heritage. In order to pursue our aims efficiently, we have created separate sections which deal with the arts, folkloric music, dance and costumes, publishing and the young. Social events, organised by the Lykion during the year, are all manifestations of our desire to make a contribution towards enriching the lives of our members and of our British friends. Lyceum Website. Contact by Email.

New Zealand Women’s Association
Formed in 1930, the Association was established as a focus for women who have a strong connection with New Zealand and who wish to enjoy the company of like-minded women whilst living in the UK. The very active committee organises an exciting and varied programme of events throughout the year for members and their guests. This includes a stimulating mix of visits and outings to places of interest; regular lunches with speakers which are held in the stunning Penthouse Suite of New Zealand House; and trips to Europe. Although not a registered charity, the Association works closely with the New Zealand High Commission and the New Zealand Society to raise funds for specific causes e.g. the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and the WW100 Commemorative Project. Our Association is one of the most cheerful and thriving associations in London and plays an important part in our members lives.  NZWA Website. Contact by Email.

Overseas Women’s Club
The Overseas Women’s Club is the original international luncheon club for overseas overseas logowomen based in London. Our objectives are to welcome women without distinction of nationality, creed, race or colour, and to provide a meeting place where at a simple luncheon members may meet, make friends and hear and encounter knowledgeable speakers. OWC Website. Contact. 

Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA)
PAWA is a non-profit organisation which aims to raise the profile of Asian women in the UK. PAWA is managed entirely by volunteers and all income from membership and events are donated to benefit girls’ education in Asia, with special focus on the vulnerable teenage years. These grass-roots projects are all proposed by members, voted by members and visited by members. PAWA’s donations aim to offer teenage girls from deprived groups the opportunity to continue in education, learn a skill so they can be independent and in turn, able to help their families. PAWA covers 30 Asian countries from Japan to Iran and from Central Asia to Indonesia. Our charitable work is supported by women and men, both Asian and non-Asian. PAWA Website

Petroleum Women’s Club (PWC)
Membership in this international social club is open to all women who have an interest in the Greater London Area and would enjoy the friendship of this organisation. Membership is not limited to those associated with the petroleum and energy sectors. All women are welcome. General membership meetings are usually held on the second Friday of each month, September through May, 10:30 AM at St. Columba’s Church of Scotland, Knightsbridge; members and guests are welcome to attend. Museum visits, art exhibits, luncheons, cooking opportunities, couples socials, stitchery, theatre matinees, and walking excursions are among the activities arranged for the members, based on the interests of the current membership group. PWC Website.

SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan
The SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan Supporters’ Group was formed in 1996 to support SOS Children’s Villages in Pakistan through fundraising and child sponsorships. SOS Children’s Villages operate throughout the world in 124 countries and are largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Founded in 1949, the vision is “a loving home for every child” and we think our unique approach is the best for children and child sponsors alike. We give these children a mother and a family in a home within an SOS Children’s Village. Donations pay to build the Villages and run them until child sponsors cover the running costs. By breaking the cycle of deprivation and giving children the love they crave, generations of children have grown up and become an asset to society. Our supporters also help a million children and their families through our programmes in the surrounding communities. SOS Website. Contact by Email.

Turkish Women’s Philanthropic Association (TWPA)
A voluntary registered charity, TWPA aims to provide medical supplies and financial help to those in need, social events provide the funding and also provide opportunities for Turkish women to meet. Regular health projects and seminars are organized. Contact by Email.

University Women’s Clubuwclogo1
Founded in 1886, the University Women’s Club is the only women’s club in the UK to bewholly owned by its Members. It remains true to the aspirations of its founders by providing a welcoming environment and pleasant accommodation in Central London for Graduate, Professional and Business women. It offers a first class programme of events with speakers from the worlds of academia, business, science and arts.
UWC Website.  Contact by Email.

Welcome Clubs International
Founded for the promotion of international understanding and friendship by way of monthly meetings, at which the cultures and customs of other nationalities are presented. Welcome Clubs Intl Website. Contact by Email.

Welcome to London
WTC Website. Contact by Email.


The Women’s Council
The aims of the Council are: 1) to promote friendship and cooperation between women of Asian countries and the UK and 2) to raise funds for the Training and Scholarship Programme. The Training and Scholarship Programme supports the training of women working in community disability programmes in Asia to improve the care of, and promote the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream education, and all services and opportunities available to their peers. The Council supports two courses, one based in Mumbai, India serving candidates from Asia and Asia Pacific, and a second based in Cairo, which operates throughout the Middle East. The Council has 26 participating Asian/Asian Pacific/Arab member countries, and the female Heads of Mission or the wives of Heads of Mission to the Court of St James are the Patrons of the Council. Women’s Council Website. Contact by Email. Alternate Email.

Women’s India Association of the UK
Aims to support medical and educational charities for women and children both in India and the UK; to help in times of natural disasters; and to promote friendship and understanding between the UK and India. Contact by Email.