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.
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 01603 406767 Monday to Thursday during office hours. Sam or Angie 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:
- Be part of live forums on social media in the 'members' corner' of the website
- Attend the annual National Conference (non-members may attend but pay more)
- Participate in the Big Read
- Join the annual Telephone Treasure Trail
- Enter our competitions and run the chance to win great prizes
- Receive 2 NWR Magazines per year
Yes. We have the following special interest groups:
- Penfriend and E-friend Scheme
- Postal Book Group
- Correspondence Magazines and E-Mags groups
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 January 2019 is a very modest £25 per year or £23 if you sign up to pay by direct debit.
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.
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.