Members Update March 2021

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Spring is definitely upon us and we are all feeling hopeful as our groups and centres plan to reopen once more.


In this update you will find information about:


  1. Ongoing impact of COVID

  2. #OutdoorAdventure campaign launching March 1st

  3. Volunteer recruitment campaign launching March 8th

  4. Staff vacancies

  5. Members & Supporters Update, 23rd April 


Ongoing impact of COVID


Woodcraft Folk centres and campsites have now been closed for nearly a year and there is still no definite date when they can reopen to youth organisations. Our local groups have been amazing adapting to restrictions over the last 12 months:


  • Distributing activity packs

  • Facilitating outdoor socially distanced activities

  • Delivering Zoom and other online meetings

 

Sadly we have seen some groups close including Thetford, Kings Lynn, Enfield, Bury St Edmunds, Otley & Hastings. We have also experienced a reduction in adult membership of 22%, although we are hopeful that some of our members will return once group activity resumes.


Following the publication of the Government’s Roadmap to Reopening (22nd February 2021) our local groups are now in a position to plan to reopen. At this time we expect:


  • Local groups across England are able to meet outdoors from March 29th

  • Camps and residentials to resume at Step 3, although we do not recommend any group make plans until we have clarity on COVID safe requirements and we have formally progressed through Steps 1 & 2 as all dates are subject to change


Full updated guidance will be available later this week at www.woodcraft.org.uk/covid-19 


#DreamBigAtHome will continue to provide remote and virtual programme opportunities, including weekly challenges. Volunteers working on national camps will be meeting on 17th March at 7pm and will communicate with Pioneer & Venturer leaders in due course.


#OutdoorAdventure 


To mark a year of centre closures our Joint Centres have collaborated to launch a campaign reminding members and others of the importance of outdoor education. The campaign includes a fundraising initiative as our centres are currently forecast to make a £34k deficit in 2021, but also includes a series of events throughout the year including:



Details of other events to follow. Please do share the campaign with your friends and family or join in one of the challenges.


Volunteer recruitment campaign


Woodcraft Folk is also testing a new approach to volunteer recruitment and will be working in partnership with 360 Recruitment to attract new volunteers. The campaign involves various Facebook adverts and social media films. Again please do share. I will be contacting all group and District contacts to explore your volunteer needs - please watch out for the email.


Staff vacancies


Woodcraft Folk are also recruiting new staff following our staff restructuring last September and 

New funding received from the Jack Petchey Foundation. Posts include:


  • Head of Centres, a home based role to support the development of our campsites and centres

  • Youth Participation (intern), a London based role to support young people’s engagement in project activities and Woodcraft Folk’s democracy


Later in the Spring we will also be seeking to recruit a new Cudham Centre Co-ordinator. For more details please visit the vacancy page on our website.


Members & Supporters Update, 23rd April 


And finally, Pip and I would like to invite all members and supporters to the next quarterly Members & Supporters update 6:30pm on Friday 23rd April.


Blue skies


Debs