Jul 10 2019

Working group leader training hits the mark

Over the last few months we have been touring the country meeting up with Woodland Working Group Leaders to deliver mandatory training in Risk Assessment, Safeguarding and Best practice for running safe group activity including how to deliver an effective tool talk.



Our travels so far have taken us to Belfast, Epsom, Skipton, Stockton-on-Tees and many other places inbetween. The roadshow is around half way through and we’re really looking forward to meeting the rest of our leaders over the coming months and into next year. If you are a group leader and haven’t met us yet then you will need to come along to one of these  – talk to your Volunteering Development Officer to find out where and when the next sessions are.



We appreciate it can be a dry subject and may have been in the past but feedback from Leaders so far has been excellent with many enthusing about how much they learnt and how much they enjoyed the day. We’ve busted lots of common myths about H&S and I assure you we have a very sensible common sense approach (no clipboards here)


‘Excellent training + delivery, Thank you Sarah and Nick’

‘Very interactive and facilitators were very knowledgeable’

‘Really useful and interesting session that covers loads of practical site aspects’



The training is interactive and involves some outdoor and indoor sessions and a chance to learn all about our toolkit including our personal favourite the Swiss Hook – which is now particularly sharp after all the demonstrations!



‘Very well put together and delivered day course, reasonable start and finish times, a real focus on the course experience and an active encouragement of group interaction. A shed load of detailed information, bought to life and enlivened by the wealth of experience and anecdotes of the presenters. High energy level and inspiring kept it interesting and pacey and the day flew by nicely interspersed with ‘How to help yourself…’  Whittle presentation and great top tool tips session. I also particularly enjoyed the ’empowering’ sign off piece of the Risk Assessment re-enactment at the end of the day. I feel I have learned so much in just one day and am much more confident that I can use Risk Assessment, Whittle and the tool tips to keep our group much safer.’


We promise this Health and Safety course will NOT be boring! We’ve actually had people feeding back that they wish the course was longer!


  • ChrisStephens

    Yes it was a very useful and enjoyable day in Swindon as elsewhere Glad others felt the same and said so!

    July 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

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