Motions Passed at Annual Gathering 2005

Resolutions Passed at Annual Gathering 2005

  • Withdrawal of DFES funding

This Annual Conference:

   deplores the withdrawal of DfES grant funding from the Woodcraft Folk after more than 40 years of continuous recognition of our valuable work by governments of all political persuasion;
    calls on the government to restore support for the Woodcraft Folk as part of a programme of essential core funding for youth organisations that are genuinely voluntary in nature;
    instructs the membership at all levels to take every opportunity to publicise the excellent quality of the educational programme and practice that Woodcraft Folk provides to young people including many non-members from across the full social spectrum;
    in the Year of the Volunteer, celebrates the work of our leaders and other volunteers who refute, week in and week out, the DfES suggestion that Woodcraft Folk does not offer value for money.
 

  • Raise the waged fee for members

This Annual Conference:

    instructs General Council to raise the waged fee for members aged 18 and over and for supporters from £20 to £25 with effect from 1st January 2006

  • Raise the under 18 membership fee

This Annual Conference:

    instructs General Council to raise the under 18 membership fee from £5 to £10 with effect from 1st January 2006.

  • Delegate pays no more than a visitor.

This Annual Conference:

recognizes the important role that conference delegates play in the democratic processes of the movement, therefore instructs General Council to ensure a delegate pays no more than a visitor.

  • Consolidation of District Fellow and Woodcraft Folk regions

This Annual Conference:

    notes that District Fellow and general Woodcraft Folk regions encompass different areas and calls upon General Council and the District Fellowship committee to co-operate to resolve the situation.

  • Lockerbrook Management Committee (LMC) to reconsider their pricing policy

This Annual Conference:

    calls upon the LockerbrookManagement Committee (LMC) to reconsider their pricing policy so that Woodcraft Groups can negotiate an appropriate ratio of adults to children with the Centre Manager, in advance of their stay and pay the Woodcraft Folk Group rate.

  • Raise the public profile of the Woodcraft Folk

This Annual Conference:

    recognises the need to raise the public profile of the Woodcraft Folk and that this is a local, as well as a central priority.

    This Gathering urges all Districts and lone groups to think creatively about how their activities could be reported in the local media by means of targeted Press Releases or simple photographic coverage of local events and international exchanges.

    This Gathering instructs General Council to provide press release guidance, downloadable from the national website or emailed or sent out in hard copy on request from Folk House.

    This Gathering also calls upon General Council to set up or assist regions and nations in running workshops on "Using the media to tell our story”.

  • Leaflets describing the benefits of joining

This Annual Conference:

    requests that General Council takes appropriate steps to ensure that the Woodcraft Folk produces leaflets describing the benefits of joining the Woodcraft Folk which are aimed at children and not just at adults.

  • Condemn the war in Iraq

This Annual Conference:

    condemns the continuing war in Iraq and in particular the deaths of many innocent children; it calls upon the General Council to investigate what practical measures of support can be taken by our young people to support the people in Iraq.