Advice and Guidance

Child protection for new groups

Woodcraft Folk have a Safeguarding Policy, which you should read and follow. You can read it here along with other useful documents relating to safeguarding: www.woodcraft.org.uk/safeguarding.

How much to pay for a group venue?

This depends largely on how many children attend or you are hoping will attend your group. Woodcraft groups pay for their rent out of the weekly subscriptions (subs) paid by the children so you need to make sure that the price reflects what you think you can afford. 

How to find a good venue

Well firstly, what makes a good venue? It should be somewhere nearby to where you are recruiting members from, ideally with public transport links. Preferably it should be able to be reached without having to cross busy roads, walk down dark alleyways etc. It should be in a good state of repair (i.e. no dodgy wiring etc) and accessible to those in wheelchairs. A decent-sized hall makes playing games much easier and increases the scope of the activities you can run. You can access the 'Good Venue Checklist' here.

How much should each group member pay?

As a general rule of thumb, groups normally charge weekly subs of between £1 and £2.50 in order to cover the cost of running the group (rent and materials). The amount you charge should take in to account the situation of the kids and their families - most groups are prepared to help out those who are less well off, but most will still ask for people to pay as much of the weekly sub as they can.

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 woodcraft.org.uk/dbs-online

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. 

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