Advice and Guidance

Web tutorials: how to publish content

If you'd like to edit your Woodcraft Folk group's page on this website (see Glasgow Southside Elfins for a lovely example) or you have photos or news you'd like to publish to the main gallery or news listing of the site, watch these videos for a step-by-step guide.

Right to Play: guide to running the project

Below you can download all the advice and ideas you need to run the Right to Play project, Woodcraft's successful outreach activities that have so far been hugely popular at Glastonbury festival.

The guidance contains information on:

• About the Project
• Communication
• Glastonbury
• Welfare
• Safeguarding & Risk Assessments
• Training
• Roles
• Rules
• Budget
• Equipment
• Ideas
• Issues
• Timeline
• Useful Contacts

Woodcraft Leadership Standards

General Council, Woodcraft Folk's trustee board, adopted a set of core standards for leadership in 2008. These are the minimum requirements of any Group Leader in Woodcraft Folk.

Case study: transition at Pioneer age

Studies in transition and youth leadership – how Woodcraft Folk Districts support young people to move through the age groups and take on leadership roles as they develop.

Expenses Policy (including Travel Guidance)

Below is Woodcraft Folk's Expenses Policy (including guidance about travelling on Woodcraft Folk business). If you have any queries about this document, please contact the Woodcraft Folk office on 020 7703 4173 or info@woodcraft.org.uk.

Case study: starting a new group

Margaret O'Byrne from Norwich Thorpe Hamlet talks us through the evolution of her group and what it's like to start a new one.

About 9 years ago I started a Venturer group with a friend. Initially someone just approached me and asked if i would like to bring my daughter to a group and possibly help run the group. At the beginning we met in someone's house and it was all very girly and craft based. Later we transferred to my house and soon the group was too big and we moved on to a local school. As we grew my eldest daughter stopped attending but my youngest continued and so i kept attending as a leader. Over the years the group has also changed and we developed Elfin and Pioneer sections.

Trade Union Affiliation Advice to Members

This advice is aimed mostly at Woodcraft members who are Trade Union members but who don't usually attend their branch, or those who have never put an affiliation motion forward..

Learn to Lead: Woodcraft training videos

This is a great set of short videos featuring Woodcraft volunteers. They explain all the important aspects of running a group and District, in a really clear and friendly way.

Case studies: Volunteer recruitment

How do you recruit new volunteers to work with your Woodcraft Folk group? Would you like some more ideas on what works and what doesn't? Woodcraft Folk and Change Agents UK have looked at how several different Woodcraft Folk Districts recruit new volunteers, and compiled their stories into 4 useful case studies which you can download below.

YHA Partner Organisations

Woodcraft Folk has a long history with the Youth Hostel Association and membership of the Woodcraft Folk also means that you become an affiliate member of the Youth Hostel Association.

Both organisations share a common history of self help, working class people wanting to get away from the cities and giving young people the change to explore the wilderness.

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