Do I need to do any training before I start?

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At present, none of our training courses are compulsory, however experience shows you will have more confidence and will get more out of your volunteering experience if you do attend the training we offer. 

Woodcraft Folk groups are designed to be co-operative, and this includes benefiting from the skills and experience of the whole group – every volunteer is not expected to be an expert in everything, collectively it is important that you have the necessary skills across your group.

Please see the training page for all the options available. You will see that there is a lot of flexibility in what is on offer: online modules and webinars complement the face-to-face training calendars. 

It is desirable that between you and your core group you have the following knowledge, skills and experiences:

  • Belief and commitment to the Woodcraft Folk aims and Principles
  • At least two full members of the Woodcraft Folk attending each group session
  • Value and respect children and young people
  • Committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Open to learning and personal development
  • Able to listen
  • Honest
  • Committed
  • Have an enhanced DBS check, completed by the Woodcraft Folk
  • Ability to work with children and young people
  • Good communication skills
  • Democratic
  • Friendly
  • Co-operative
  • Fair
  • Tolerant
  • Have drive
  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to accept help
  • Ability to reflect upon personal practice


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