Member Update - July 1st

Monday, 6 July 2020

We would like to thank all of our members, volunteers and staff for the fantastic resilience and efforts they have made over the past few months as we have all responded to the Covid-19 crisis. It has been fantastic to see so many groups develop creative ways of continuing to engage and inspire children and young people. We would particularly like to thank the #DreamBigAtHome team and everyone who has shared practice to help the movement learn and respond.

As you will recall from previous updates the situation within Woodcraft Folk looked pretty dire in March as groups and centres closed. However as a result of fundraising efforts and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme we are now no longer in financial crisis. We are grateful to everyone who made a donation and for funding from the Tourism & Leisure Relief Funds, Sports England, Community Links Bromley, Three Monkies Trust and others. Nationally we still have work to do to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Woodcraft Folk and to attract the funds needed to achieve our ambitions, but we are no longer fighting for survival.

As groups and Districts prepare to reopen there are a number of changes taking place nationally:

  1. Sarah Welsh will be leaving the organisation in the Autumn after two years as Director of Operations & Finance/Joint CEO. Sarah says “I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years with Woodcraft Folk as Joint Chief Executive. However, I very much want to work less hard and spend more time on other parts of my life and this is proving inconsistent with my role at Woodcraft Folk. Covid-19 has exacerbated the challenge even further. It has been an enormous pleasure to work with such a talented and values driven team of people, so thank you all!”
  2. Folk Office staff will continue to work from home and Woodcraft Folk will be looking to sell or rent out the Crampton Street property.
  3. #DreamBigAtHome activities will continue with the financial support of the Three Monkies Trust and the team are looking for members to form a Steering Group to shape it’s ongoing development.

And finally, we will be hosting our AGM online on the 13th September. We will be electing new members to General Council and are particularly looking to encourage nominations from:

  • Members experienced in fundraising, communications and premises management
  • People of colour, women and non-CIS male

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Trustee of Woodcraft Folk please contact Pip Sayers (Chair) at pip.sayer@Woodcraft.org.uk.

Once more, thank you. Without our members we would not be a movement and we would not successfully engage children and young people in achieving education for social change.