Members Update April 2020

Monday, 6 April 2020

Dear Member,

Thank you for all your patience and support in recent weeks.

Like many organisations across the globe we have been reacting to the challenges of COVID19 and adapting how we work and how we seek to engage children and young people. We must apologise for the huge number of emails that we have sent as we attempt to keep everyone updated. This email hopes to give you an update about our response and what you can expect from the staff team and various volunteer leads.

In this update you will find information about:

  1. Groups and programme
  2. Member challenges
  3. Centres
  4. Folk Office & Folk Supply
  5. Annual General Meeting
  6. Common Ground
  7. How can you help?

Groups and programme

Many groups and Districts have been testing online programme activities e.g. house scavenger hunts, quizzes, news, storytelling and more. A dedicated webpage has been created to gather best practice, policy and guidance. On this online programme page you will find:

  • Example tried and tested session plans from Districts
  • Links to webinars on staying safe, choosing the right platform and virtual programme ideas

In addition to what is happening on a local level, nationally the Development Team has been working with members to create a regular programme of online group sessions and broadcasts. We are hoping to have sessions every Tuesday and Thursday to find the latest list of events please visit If you would like to volunteer to run a session please email

To help us shape our programme offer we are asking young members to complete an online survey. Please visit here!!

Member challenges

To help members feel connected we will be issuing member challenges from Monday 6th April. Challenges will be themed around:

  • Making connections

  • Social action

  • Spanning the world with friendship

Challenges will be published on our social network channels every Monday. Badges will be available to those who share their successes. Challenges can be completed by all age groups, from Woodchips to mature Kinsfolk!


Like our groups, all of our Centres have closed until June 1st. This is obviously challenging for our Centres and the volunteers who support them. We have furloughed all staff using the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and have applied for Tourism Relief Grant to help meet the financial shortfall created by cancelling bookings during our busiest time.We would ask all volunteers to consider how they might support our Centres in future, for example:

  • Making a booking for later in the year or 2021
  • Volunteering to become a warden
  • Joining a working weekend when the centres reopen

Folk Office & Folk Supply

The Folk Office team are now all working from home and have taken the change of location in their stride. Landlines have been forwarded, but to find direct mobile numbers of individual staff please visit

Unfortunately there will be delays in your Folk Supply orders. Updates or changes to delivery times will be advised on the shop website. If you have any queries about stock or your orders feel free to email

Annual General Meeting

We will be contacting District and Group Contacts separately with arrangements for our AGM and elections to General Council and Standing Orders Committee. The AGM which is being postponed until 13th September 2020, will be held virtually testing all of our virtual meeting skills.

Common Ground

Common Ground will be postponed as we believe that there is too great a risk to the safety of all campers. The uncertainty in which we are all living at the moment creates too much of a challenge to create a safe, engaging and inclusive camp. The Common Ground team is reviewing various options for rearranging Common Ground. 

The Common Ground Board will be working with staff and General Council members throughout April to make a final decision that seeks to support member engagement, international participation and reduce risks. To help inform decisions the Common Ground team have asked for members views via an online survey.

How can you help?

If you find that you have time on your hands perhaps you could help:

  • Volunteer to facilitate a virtual session
  • Circulate our latest appeal letter to your friends & family. Go to to download a copy. 
  • Financially support our virtual programme activity by supporting our justgiving page.
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