Member update Jan 2021

Monday, 11 January 2021

It is disappointing to find ourselves in lockdown once more, but we continue to plan for the future. Our Ingenious project will be launching blogs once a fortnight exploring engineering solutions to the climate emergency as well as offering online programme activities to local groups. If you would like a engineer to virtually visit your group please contact lauren.karstadt@woodcraft.org.uk


The #DreamBigAtHome team will be increasing the number of online sessions and weekly challenges throughout the lockdown period as well as running workshops for families on online safety issues, the next session will take place for Elfin aged children and their families on Tuesday 26th January at 6pm.


Members of the staff team will also be facilitating sessions for volunteers on:



Check out Woodcraft Folk’s calendar for times, dates and joining instructions.


Members & Supports Update meeting


Pip Sayers, Chair of General Council, and I would like to invite all members and supporters to an online session on Friday 22nd January at 6:30pm, during which we will update you on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and our plans for 2021 and 2022.


Woodcraft Folk staffing


Following a number of staff changes in 2020 and new funding we will be looking to recruit new staff to support our work at centres, including:


  • Head of Centres (recruitment timetable tbc)

  • Cudham Centre Co-ordinator (recruitment timetable tbc)

  • Biblins Site Assistant closing date 22nd January 2021


We are also in the middle of appointing a new Development Officer to work on our Green Influencers Scheme project in Leeds and Bradford, which we hope to launch as soon as the current restrictions are lifted.


Woodcraft Folk centres


Our network of centres have been badly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on residential experiences. The local volunteer and staff teams are working on recovery plans for 2021 which will see more family and household stays and a return of activity days for different age groups. As soon as we are able please consider making a booking to support our much loved centres.


Folk Office


And finally, from my last update you will be aware that all staff have moved to home working and we have closed Folk Office. This decision reflects the changing nature of Woodcraft Folk staffing over the last 10 years, which has seen an increase in centre and project staffing and the introduction of cloud based tools to support administration.