Supporters Update Jan 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021

Woodcraft Folk's Chair of General Council (Pip Sayers) and CEO (Debs McCahon) held a supporters and members update on Friday 22nd January 2021. The update shared reflections on 2020 and plans for 2021 and 2022.

Debs explained that 2020 was a financially challenging year, and even now the future remains unpredicatable. Woodcraft Folk's Resources team are currently preparing the end of year accounts and early indications suggest that Biblins and Heightgate made a small surplus, but overall the centre network made a loss.

Pip celebrated the success of #DreamBigAtHome and how General Council remained committed to providing remote and virtual programme opportunities through the platform even when the COVID crisis is over. #DreamBigAtHome has successfully attracted over 10,000 unique users to the website and engaged more than 2,000 individuals in LIVE programme 11% of whom are new to the Folk.

Pip and Debs responded to questions about funding and the closure of Folk Officer, whilst sharing new projects and ambitions for 2021 and 2022. The pair confirmed that Common Ground will be going ahead in 2022 and that further information will be shared in March once contracts were all updated and signed. 

Debs shared news of a new recruitment campaign to be launched in the Spring to address the reduction in membership experienced during 2020. She also shared information about new projects, including:

  • Green Influencers Scheme
  • Kids Field
  • All Change
  • Kids got Rights
  • Building up
  • Youth Leadership Collective

And finally, Pip confirmed General Council's desire to increase the level of youth engagement in decision making as we face another online AGM.

Please find attached a copy of their presentation and a link to a recording of the session.

Supporters update Jan 2021.pdf1.81 MB