Woodcraft Folk runs on the passion and energy of thousands of volunteers. For over eighty-five years, we've been working with children and young people to develop their self-confidence and ability to act in society. Volunteers are right at the heart of this work and we're always looking for more, to strengthen our groups and create new ones.
Volunteering with us could give you the chance to work with young people, support a local community organisation and attend exciting, amazing events…and much more besides. It can be inspiring, enriching and life-changing. Click here to read more about what volunteering may involve, and what it can offer you.
How can group leaders, helpers and other adult members in the Woodcraft Folk work together in a more effective way?
We are very good at helping children to learn the skills of co-operation but sometimes struggle to reflect these in the interactions between adults in the movement.
This workshop will cover both the attitudes and the skills needed to work together not only co-operatively but also collaboratively.
Below is a suggested description for the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator for a group or District in Woodcraft Folk. You can also download it as a Word file. This document is found in the Volunteer Toolkit available online or in print from Folk Office.
If your District has any other volunteer role descriptions you'd like to share with the rest of the movement, do get in touch.
Below are examples of the information Woodcraft Folk Districts give to new members and volunteers, to make them feel welcome and help them get involved in the running of the group or District.
It's really important to share how your District works but it can be a challenge to put together all the necessary information, which may have been kept in people's heads for many years and take some translating to make clear on paper. So we've gathered some great examples of what works for Districts who've already put the time in - hopefully these can make everyone else's (voluntary!) job easier.
In order to explain how your group or District works to new members and parents - and also to recruit new volunteers - it's useful to have information to give them, including what roles people take on and what these roles involve. It may seem straightforward to the person who's been your Membership Secretary for the last five years, but when they want to hand the role on, everyone else may view it with anxiety and feel that they could never do such a good job!
Volunteer toolkit launch
For all Woodcraft Folk Scotland leaders and helpers and newbies
Practical toolkit bringing everything you need together in one place!
We are recruiting for:
Outreach Play and Volunteer Co-ordinator - Stirling
Below are concise list of tasks for volunteer roles in Woodcraft Folk Groups and Districts, necessary to function at what is currently considered best practice.
Woodcraft Folk runs on the passion and energy of thousands of volunteers, most of whom help at a local Woodcraft Folk group and who may have been in Woodcraft Folk as children, or whose own children attend a group. With the support of regional and central resources, local Woodcraft groups decide their own programme and co-ordinate their own events and camps.