Advice and Guidance

Including deaf children & young people

This advice is a compilation of ideas from Woodcraft Folk volunteers at Venturer Camp 2013, supported by a trainer from the National Deaf Children’s Society. The tips are based on real experiences of supporting young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

Tips when recruiting volunteers

What do you need to remember in order to successfully recruit volunteers?

  • Define your roles and know the gaps
  • Use positive messages
  • Clarify the process
  • Provide information in a variety of formats

These are just a sample of the advice given in the two resources below. They're part of the Volunteer Toolkit produced by Woodcraft Folk Scotland to help Districts recruit, induct and support more volunteers. Download the full Toolkit here

Inclusive recruitment strategies - Volunteer Surveys

The surveys below have been designed to help you understand more about your potential and new volunteers – from what has motivated them to begin the process of volunteering with the Woodcraft Folk to what skills and experience they can offer you.

Case study: Being a Young Trainer and running Leading for the Future activities

Alice’s journey through Woodcraft Folk and into youth work is a brilliant example of youth leadership and the opportunities Woodcraft Folk gives: having grown up in the Folk, Alice came back as an Elfin and Pioneer leader, then trained as a Young Trainer to use her facilitation skills more widely around Woodcraft. Now she’s doing a youth work MA and running Woodcraft’s Leading for the Future programme with a group of young carers.

Case study: Pioneer-led tentipi camping

The Outback Pioneers from Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk spent a wintry weekend camping at Cudham in their new tentipis (a cross between a small tipi and a large tent). They organised the trip themselves, and hoped that the combination of advanced tents with heating equipment and lots of people in each tent would provide plenty of warmth. 

Below is their report, in which you'll see that it's essential to check what language your heater's instructions are in if you want to be able to warm your tent with it...

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.

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