Woodcraft Tool Box

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

How can a mentor help young Woodcraft Folk?

Wondering whether a mentor could help you do something new in Woodcraft Folk? Have a look at this little film to hear from Woodcraft members about support that has enabled them to do brilliant things. 

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.

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.

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