Group Sustainability & Growth

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Sustaining existing groups & helping them to grow is one of Woodcraft Folk’s strategic priorities and we want to give our groups as much support as possible to ensure they continue to provide Folk activities for children and young people in their local area.

Growing & sustaining our groups is always something we've been dedicated to. Over the last few years we've encouraged groups to participate in activities and share good practice on this topic. Attached below are examples of how Districts have tried to grow & sustain sustain their groups and have used group night activities to encourage recruitment. 

The Sustainability Scorecard 

As an organisation we’ve identified volunteer recruitment, finances, safeguarding, publicity & outreach and programme are the areas we believe impact the sustainability of our groups and will help them to flourish & grow.

To help groups identify what areas they need additional support with we created the ‘Sustainability Scorecard’. The scorecard is a quick questionnaire which asks a few questions about how your group manages key areas. The scorecard will quickly asses how strong your groups performs and identify what can be improved upon.

Take the Sustainability Scorecard now!!

Once you’ve completed your survey and have been given your results we recommend that collectively you begin to plan and work towards growing a sustainable Woodcraft Folk group.

Advice & Support 

To help you to begin with planning phase we’ve signposted the most relevant pages on our website which we believe can help you: 

  • The people you need - Making sure you have enough volunteers to run your groups.
  • Finances - Making sure you have enough money to cover your costs, manage your finances and fundraise effectively.
  • Safeguarding – Providing a safe environment for our children and young people.
  • Publicity & Outreach – Promoting you and increasing its visibility in your local community to recruit more children. 
  • Programme planning – Providing a dynamic programme that is influenced by our aims and principles and your young people.

There are also lots of way you can get support from local Woodcrafters: 

  • New Group Buddies are experienced Woodcrafters who can offer advice, support and motivation to new group leaders
  • Mentoring young leaders to assist in their transition from group member to leader
  • Group twinning enabling groups to share practice, network and participate in joint events leading to greater motivation and support

If you need more advice or practical support email

Tips for struggling districts and groups created by London Region.pdf301.13 KB
Districts examples of growing & sustaining wcf groups.pdf188.08 KB
Growing Groups group night activity_0.pdf220.03 KB
Growing Groups, DC report Nov 11 final.pdf1.34 MB
growing groups london agm 2012.doc58.5 KB
Growing Groups workshop ag11.doc48.5 KB