Advice and Guidance

How do I get a DBS?

All volunteers who regularly attend a group (more than once a month), or participate in residential activities, are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure, and become a full member of Woodcraft Folk. DBS forms can be completed online at

Please complete membership before applying for a DBS online.  

What training is available?

Woodcraft Folk offers a range of training opportunities, some to be self-delivered on a local level and other more intensive residential training experiences. Woodcraft Folk aims to empower all leaders and helpers to be able to run groups with confidence and the necessary level of skill. Most of our training is provided by experienced volunteer leaders within Woodcraft Folk.

What support is available for my new group?

There are a number of ways you can recieve support:

How do I advertise my group?

Woodcraft Folk provides publicity material that can be used to advertise your group. You can download and print it or contact the Woodcraft Folk Office and ask us to post you free copies. 

How to find other group leaders

Finding other committed leaders is the key to a successful group. 

Why do people volunteer with Woodcraft Folk?

At a recent Development Conference, existing members noted that adults do Woodcraft for the following reasons:

What resources are available for groups?

The resources section of the website is full of all sorts of things, but a good place for you to start would be the new groups page

If you're looking for resources to help you plan sessions, here's a few good ones:

Can I visit a nearby group?

Yes of course you can! In fact we highly recommend that you do. It is often invaluable to make local links and see Woodcraft Folk in practice. Local groups can also be a source of camping equipment, joint events, funding, training and much more.

Starting a new group

If you are interested in setting up a new group, the first thing you should do is find some friends willing to work with you. Once you have a small band of committed volunteers (at least 4), it is best to make contact folk office for support. The team will be able to offer advice, factsheets and may be able to link you up with a new group buddy.

You can also check out the resources in the yellow box to the right. These will take you through the process of setting up a new group in more detail. 

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