volunteering

The People You Need

You're in one of the main sections of Woodcraft Folk's New Group Journey training module. The most important points to remember are listed first, and following that is a fuller explanation of what you need to do in this area.

Woodcraft Park Farm Bushcraft Camp held 4-6 October 2014

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

This was the first real bushcraft camp to be held in the newly created bushcraft area in the woods at our very own camp site at Lurgashall, West Sussex.

The camp brought together 33 members from Portsmouth, Knaphill, Waltham Abbey, Spelthorne and Walton Districts. All the children and leaders worked really well together and we all had a great time. We were also joined for meals, in the evening, and at the final circle by members of the Woodcraft Park Farm young volunteers group including Josi, the new volunteer from IFM-SEI who will be with us for the next year.

Volunteering with Woodchips

Volunteers from Waltham Forest Woodchip group (under sixes).

New members welcome pack

Below is a PDF of the information we will shortly be emailing to all new members of national Woodcraft Folk as they sign up. Feel free to download copies to give to volunteers or potential members in your area.

Example volunteer recruitment poster

Below you can download an example of the poster used by a Woodcraft District in Scotland to recruit new volunteers. Feel free to publish your own here!

This is part of the Volunteer Toolkit produced by Woodcraft Folk Scotland to help Districts recruit, induct and support more volunteers.

District information for new members

Below are examples of the information Woodcraft Folk Districts give to new members and volunteers, to make them feel welcome and help them get involved in the running of the group or District. 

It's really important to share how your District works but it can be a challenge to put together all the necessary information, which may have been kept in people's heads for many years and take some translating to make clear on paper. So we've gathered some great examples of what works for Districts who've already put the time in - hopefully these can make everyone else's (voluntary!) job easier. 

Volunteer role descriptions

In order to explain how your group or District works to new members and parents - and also to recruit new volunteers - it's useful to have information to give them, including what roles people take on and what these roles involve. It may seem straightforward to the person who's been your Membership Secretary for the last five years, but when they want to hand the role on, everyone else may view it with anxiety and feel that they could never do such a good job! 

Celebrating youth work

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

If you volunteer with a Woodcraft Folk group, this invitation from the National Youth Agency is for you:

Transforming Lives: Youth Work Stories

The National Youth Agency (NYA) is embarking on a major campaign to help people better understand the value, breadth and role of youth work in the UK today – whether that youth work is provided by professionals or volunteers, and with disadvantaged young people, or those who have had a solid start in life. 

Volunteering event

Event date: 
11 May 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Event location: 
Edinburgh

Volunteer toolkit launch

For all Woodcraft Folk Scotland leaders and helpers and newbies
Practical toolkit bringing everything you need together in one place!

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