Upcoming training

Woodcraft training is free for members, and a great chance to take a step back from group sessions, and to share ideas and skills. These sessions will help you to run a successful group, where children can engage, learn and have fun in a safe environment, with confident leaders and helpers. 

New Leader Training Weekends at Woodcraft Centres

A weekend training residential for new leaders, or those wanting a chance to brush up their skills. Click on the dates below for more details. Book onto the weekends by emailing newgroups@woodcraft.org.uk or texting 07794 910715, to request a booking form.*

Friday 26th - Sunday 28th February 2016 at Lockerbrook Outdoor Activities Centre, near Sheffield (car access, bunk beds)

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th March 2016 at Height Gate Farmnear Hebden Bridge (access via 1 mile track, camping barn)

By the end of the residential, participants will:

  • Have increased their knowledge of Woodcraft Folk by exploring Woodcraft Folk’s history, aims and principles and resources

  • Be able to develop a group programme based on Woodcraft Folk aims and principles

  • Appreciate their role in safeguarding children and young people in our care

  • Understand and have practiced completing risk assessments

  • Share and learn songs and games that are suitable to use in Woodcraft Folk groups

  • Value the impact of Woodcraft Folk on children and young people

  • Have an understanding of the training, resources and support structures available to all new volunteers

Please contact us to discuss the creche as spaces are limited, and arrange alternative childcare if you can. This will leave spaces open for members who need to bring their kids. The creche is most suited to children aged 3 upwards, and involves some time both in training sessions, and in a separate creche area.

*These courses are only available to members of Woodcraft Folk. If you're not already a member, you can join here: http://woodcraft.org.uk/join 


Training webinars

We've begun to use online seminars (webinars) to offer training to our members. So far we've hosted succesful webinars on everything from 'Engaging children and young people with Autism' and 'Managing Behaviour' to 'How to claim Gift Aid' and 'Risk Assessment'  

Recordings of all sessions are available to watch again.

Future webinars: 

If you have any suggestions for other topics please do not hesitate to get in touch Deborah.mccahon@woodcraft.org.uk


Introduction to Woodcraft Folk Volunteering: Bitesize Training Sessions 

The four Bitesize Training Session Plans are available to download with handouts. You can arrange for experienced local volunteers from your District to deliver the sessions. 

  • Putting the Aims and Principles into Practice prepares you to

    • Plan activities based on Woodcraft Folk aims and principles

  • Staying Safe prepares you to

    • Use Woodcraft Folk and district guidance to ensure the safety of children and young people in your group

  • Working Together prepares you to

    • Establish common expectations about how your group can work together co-operatively

    • Support each other to share leadership, and to understand and manage conflicts

  • Managing Behaviour prepares you to

    • Explore a range of techniques to respond constructively to challenging behaviour.

    • Work with other adults and children to establish consistent behaviour guidance.