Advice and Guidance

How to use the online membership database - guidance

District Membership Secretaries now have access to the online records of members in their District.

This means they can log in to the website at www.woodcraft.org.uk, click through to the Woodcraft Folk membership database, and check their District members for their membership expiry dates, what stage their DBS is at, and update their contact details.

Woodcraft case studies

On this page you'll find an increasing number of stories from around Woodcraft Folk, explaining how groups and members have done things and how you can too.

Guide to editing your group's page

Do you want to give your Woodcraft Folk group its own space on the Woodcraft website? You're in the right place!

Talk to your group about what they'd like to put on the website, and volunteer as your group's Web Manager. Ask your Group Leader to get in touch with us and we'll make sure you have a log in and support to get started.

Transgender Inclusion

Woodcraft Folk's Inclusion Statement on supporting members who identify as Trans, and encouraging groups to challenge gender sterotypes, was adopted by General Council in March 2017. The document also contains background information and practical advice for group leaders, covering: - definitions of key terms - use of appropriate and inclusive language - supporting adult volunteers who are Trans - running successful camps and residentials Further guidance can be sought through Folk Office, or from the specialist organisations listed on the final page of the document.

Treasurer's Handbook

 The current Treasurer's Handbook can be downloaded below.

What commitment is expected of volunteers and parents?

Volunteers

As a minimum, we expect you to uphold our aims & principles and safeguard our children & young people.

Anyone who does help out should familiarise themselves with the policies and proceedures that ensure Woodcraft Folk is a fun and safe environment for all. 

What costs do we need to cover?

As a group, you will need to cover the following:

Do parents have to stay with their children?

If you're going to a Woodchip group, parents are almost always required to stay. 

Parents are not usually required to stay in other groups. In fact, many groups discourage parents from staying if they are not helping out with the group. Having an 'audience' of parents can be distracting for both children and leaders. That said, most groups rely on some parental involvement, so parents may need to volunteer to stick around sometimes to keep the group running. 

 

What's the point of recruiting more children if we already have enough in the group?

  • Children will move on to older age groups, or leave the group for other reasons.
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