Job opportunity – Supporting Development Gwerin y Coed, the Woodcraft Folk in Wales, Machynlleth

Posted on October 6, 2015 by

Gwerin y Coed, the Woodcraft Folk in Wales, is seeking to engage a contractor to deliver key aspects of the New Groups Project, supporting the development of new and existing groups in the Machynlleth area.

See basic details below. For full details download contract specification here.

Organisational background

The Woodcraft Folk is a UK-wide charity, established in 1925, which aims to provide social education to children and young people.

There are over 350 local Woodcraft Folk groups operating across the UK, providing weekly activities for Woodchips (under 6 years), Elfins (aged 6-9 years), Pioneers (aged 10-12 years), Venturers (aged 13-15 years) and District Fellows (aged 16-20 years).

The Woodcraft Folk is now operating under its fourth strategic plan, which began in April 2013. The plan seeks to support the growth of the organisation by:

1. Sustaining existing groups
2. Supporting new groups
3. Reaching out to new communities

The New Groups Project, funded through the Youth United Foundation’s Social Action Fund, is working in communities in West Yorkshire, Merseyside, Scotland and Wales to increase the number of places available for children and young people in Woodcraft Folk groups, and is funded until the end of March 2016.

Scope of work to be completed

A detailed plan to grow groups in the Machynlleth area has been developed with input from staff and volunteers. The role of the contractor will be to provide close support and co-ordination over the period of the contract in order to:

  • Recruit, screen and train new volunteers
  • Develop sustainable groups for young people
  • Ensure the safety of young people, and compliance with relevant Woodcraft policies

A range of outreach activities have already taken place locally, and a number of potential volunteers have already been identified.

While our groups are open to all, Gwerin y Coed is committed to promoting the use of the Welsh language through its activities. The ability of the chosen contractor to engage with volunteers and young people through the medium of Welsh is therefore highly desirable.

Procurement Process

Written expressions of interest are invited in response to this proposal. These should outline briefly:

  • Details of the individual(s) who would carry out this work
  • Relevant experience of project delivery to challenging targets and timescales
  • Understanding of Woodcraft Folk’s aims, principles and approach

The proposed value of the contract is £2200. The project will meet the additional costs of publicity materials, outreach and development activities etc., by agreement with the Contract Manager. Payment will be made in monthly instalments, conditional on satisfactory progress being made towards the agreed objectives.

Woodcraft Folk reserves the right not to appoint and to undertake this work in another way.

Questions regarding the proposed work may be addressed to before the closing date below.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by noon on Wednesday 14 October to, following which shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited to discuss their proposal further.




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