District Fellows (DFs) are aged 16-20 and part of the Woodcraft Folk, a co-operative grassroots movement for young people. We run camps and social events where we sing songs, run workshops and develop lasting friendships. DFs are entirely run by our members, who vote on all our policies and elect new members every year to the ruling body, DF Committee.
What do you believe in?
As an organisation, we believe in peace, equality, environmental justice, co-operation and youth empowerment.
What do you actually do?
There are DF groups all over the country, whose members meet up locally to catch up, play games and organise local events. On a national level, DFs run camps and social events where we sing songs, run workshops and develop lasting friendships. We also run a campaign which changes every 2 years. In 2018, we voted to start a new campaign on Trade Unions and Workers Rights, educating about the importance of trade unions and your rights at work.
What do you learn about?
As young people, we are the future, so it’s vital we’re aware of what’s going on in the world. We learn about war and peace, struggles for equality and looking after the environment. We also run educational projects, like MEST-UP (Mediation, Education, Support Team Umbrella Project) where we learn about sex, consent, drugs and mental health, and PARTY (Politically Active Revolutionary Thinking Youth) where we learn about politics and activism.
How are you run?
We’re an autonomous organisation within the Woodcraft Folk, completely led by our members. Members elect DF Committee, our organising body, and vote on how the organisation is run at business events called Things.