Woodcraft Folk ends 90th year with record growth, thanks to support from Youth United

Monday, 14 December 2015


From its beginnings in 1925 to today, Woodcraft Folk has always been dedicated to growing the confidence and social awareness of young people. Support from the Youth United Foundation’s Social Action Fund has enabled Woodcraft Folk’s most ambitious programme of growth for a generation, making 2015 not just a year for reflecting on the organisation’s past, but also looking forward to its future.


Speaking at the official opening of the exhibition marking the Folk's first 90 years, General Secretary Jon Nott announced that 2015 had seen 38 new groups launched across the UK with support from YUF.

“It’s fitting that the Social Action Fund has provided such valuable support in our anniversary year, as Woodcraft has always encouraged and supported young people to be active citizens and campaigners for a better world,” said Debs McCahon, Director of Development. “As this exhibition shows, Woodcraft Folk was active in opposing the rise of fascism in the 1930s and supporting the anti-Apartheid movement in the 1980s. Today, our young people take action in their communities to protect the environment, promote human rights and achieve social justice.”

New groups have opened during 2015 in West Yorkshire, Wirral, North Wales and Central Scotland. By the end of the project next year, 800 children and young people in these areas will have the opportunity to join a Woodcraft group in their community.

“We could not have achieved this fantastic growth without the support of the Youth United Foundation,” said Jon Nott. “This has been an unparalleled opportunity to achieve our strategic objectives of reaching out to new communities and becoming better known and understood.

“This year over 10,000 children and young people have heard about Woodcraft Folk through our outreach activities. Being part of the YUF network, sharing practice with other uniformed youth organisations, has also given us a valuable chance to reflect on and enrich our own work as we look forward to our centenary in 2025.”