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Southampton Woodcraft Folk meet Dame Pauline Green

Friday, 8 February 2013

Southampton Woodcraft Folk attended an interesting conference in the Civic Centre in Southampton at the start of February, called "Southampton: A City of Co-operation". The conference was organised by Southampton City Council and SACDA (the local cooperative umbrella group) to bring local cooperators together with the Council and begin to discuss how Southampton City can move to a more cooperative model: making use of and suporting local cooperative groups.

LGBT History Month

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Many people this week will be celebrating the parliamentary vote to legalise same sex marriage. This is certainly a welcome step in ensuring LGBT people have the same rights as anyone else in society, however, let us not forget that homophobia and transphobia continue to exist, and that despite parliamentary changes in law, there is still much work to be done until we achieve full liberation for LGBT people.

"Hands In" to Geocaching at London AGM

Thursday, 31 January 2013

We are just over 2 weeks away from the launch date for this year’s Hands In, where we are asking groups to create Geocaches that reflect their group identity. Packs are currently being sent out daily with an increasing number of groups across the UK getting involved.

IFM-SEI Seminar on Right-Wing Extremism - Vilnius

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

IFM-SEI Right-Wing Extremism Seminar – calling Woodcraft participants

The horrific attack on AUF Norway in 2011 is still hard to come to terms with, but sadly this was not a one-off or freak example of right-wing, anti-democratic action in the last few years. Other IFM-SEI organisations, their partners and meeting places have also faced attacks.

The Co-operative Social Goals Update

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The latest update from the Co-operative's Social Goals team is available to download below. It's got information and opportunities for action on all their latest activities including renewable energy controlled by communities and stories from brand new co-operatives supported by the Co-operative Enterprise Hub.   

Hands In 2013 Geocaching Launch!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

What better way to start the New Year than connecting with Woodcraft groups all over the country in the shared experience of Geocaching?

I hope by now you have all got a taste of the Geocaching bug and have gone out with your groups to find your first Geocache. If not then now is the perfect time to start, a beginners guide can be found below.

Queer Easter 2013 - applications open

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Queer Easter is one of our annual seminars hosted by our German sister organisation SJD-Die Falken on behalf of IFM-SEI. The seminar is being held in conjunction with IUSY and ECOSY (International and European socialist youth). The week combines workshop sessions, the opportunity to run your own forums, social programme and Creative Working Groups. Each Creative Working Group focuses on a specific topic relating to the theme of the seminar, working in a group of 10-15 for around half of the seminar’s sessions.


Workers Youth Festival in Dortmund

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

SJD-Die Falken - our IFM-SEI sister organisation from Germany - and Jusos celebrate 150 years of workers movement in Germany in 2013! The Workers Youth Festival will look back on workers’ history and create a future in solidarity. Comrades will come together from all over the world: trade unions, IFM-SEI organisations, political activists and veterans are invited. The festival will encompass four days of various political actions and workshops. There will be discussions in workshops, concerts and lots of leisure time-activities.

Glasgow Southside new Pioneer group for 2013

Sunday, 6 January 2013

This year promises to be an exciting one for the Glasgow Southside Woodcraft Folk groups. A new Pioneer group is starting this term for ten to twelve year olds and as a result for the first time ever children of all ages will be able to come to Woodcraft Folk activities in the Southside of Glasgow. In previous years there was just one group in the area and for the last couple of years, an Elfin (6-9’s) and a Venturer (13-16’s) group. It is great to be going into 2013 with 3 groups planned.

Paid Recruitment Research

Friday, 21 December 2012

Woodcraft Folk is working with Change Agents UK to support 10 Districts to explore how to most effectively recruit new members.

This project builds on work completed in Oxford, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, London and Birmingham during the summer term of 2012.

Do you have the energy and passion to work with a local District to:

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