National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 7.05.2020

NFYFC has collated this information to help YFC members concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on their club activities. Keeping the YFC community safe is our priority and we will be updating this information regularly as the situation develops.

All the latest updates and advice are available on the Government website here.

County offices, County Chairs, NFYFC Council and County management teams are also being regularly updated with more detailed and specific information through regular Covid-19 briefings from NFYFC. Please speak to your County Office if you would like access to this more detailed information. 

YFC Club and County meetings and events

Following the guidance given by the Government, all club and county meetings and events should be cancelled for the foreseeable future. We are anticipating at least a 12 week period of disruption to YFC activities.

As a community we must all comply with the Government’s advice to stay at home and work together to help control the spread of the virus. There are ways for your club to remain in contact with each other using online platforms though and we encourage all clubs to do this. 

NFYFC is also supporting YFC members to enjoy YFC at home through activities and challenges. Find out more about YFC at Home.    

Supporting your community – YFC Rural Support

We are aware many YFC clubs have set up support networks and services in their local community. We would encourage all YFCs to now support a Covid-19 Mutual Aid group operating in your area to help with the urgent delivery of food parcels and supplies. If your club is taking part in supporting the local community, please ensure you are following social distancing guidelines.

You can find out more about Covid19 Mutual Aid UK here and find a group near to you. 

If you’re taking part in a local community support group – with or without your YFC – you could be part of the Farming Help database.

The five Farming Help charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by the Prince's Countryside Fund - have set up Farming Help to support the farming community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Helpline (03000 111 999), operated by FCN, is open 7am - 11pm every day of the year.

FCN is also helping the farming community to build personal and business resilience during this challenging time. Its FarmWell website  provides a wealth of information and guidance around topics such as Brexit, Covid-19, mental health, faith and spirituality and much more. FarmWell Wales has recently been created through a joint collaboration between various government bodies and rural support charities including the Welsh Government, FCN, Farming Connect, the DPJ Foundation, Tir Dewi, The Addington Fund, Mind Cymru, Mind Monmouthshire and R.A.B.I.

NFYFC has asked all County Federations to share information about organisers of community groups operating in their areas. Make sure your County has passed on information about your group. 

YFC Competitions 

The 2019-20 NFYFC Competitions programme has been moved to 2020-21 – with an extension to the age ranges that can compete. The decision was made by YFC members who sit on NFYFC’s Competitions Steering Group and was based on the information and opinions provided by County Federations in England and Wales.

It means that in 2020-21 YFC members who are aged 27 or under on 1 September will still be able to compete. Clubs and counties are asked to check the ages that can compete in sports though, as insurance restrictions will still remain.

The Drama competition will not be re-run in 2021 though, as it is hoped that the final of this can still be held in August, depending on Covid-19 restrictions at the time. Instead the 2021 Performing Arts competition will be Pantomime, as these shows attract a bigger audience and can be more profitable for clubs and counties. 

YFC Travel

All Homestay trips in 2020 to Canada, Australia, USA, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been cancelled and the YFC members involved have been notified. Rural Youth Europe has also cancelled its Rally. The following trips are being monitored on a regular basis:

  • Rural Youth Europe's autumn seminar 
  • Projects Abroad volunteering trips (Vietnam and Peru)
  • New Zealand Working Scholarships

The YFC Travel team is in contact with individuals chosen to go on these trips and will provide updates, as and when they are received, directly to travellers. 

Annual General Meeting

NFYFC has postponed its Annual General Meeting which was due to be held on 26 April at Stoneleigh Park. A new date will be arranged as soon as it is possible to do so, following Government guidelines.

NFYFC Council and Board Meetings

The NFYFC Board Meeting due to take place on 4 April will now be held via conference call. The June Council meeting is currently under review and members will be notified of any changes to this by the week commencing 25 May 2020.

NFYFC events

All of NFYFC's events and activities that were due to take place before May have been cancelled or postponed.

Mental health

We understand the impact these restrictions could have on YFC members – especially as so many already live in isolated areas and rely on their weekly club meetings to socialise with others.

It's a good idea to use other ways to remain in contact with your YFC. Club officers should have the contact details of their members and could consider setting up a group on social media as a way for all members to stay in contact.

If you’re feeling anxious and would like to talk to someone confidentially, Farming Help provide free, confidential and impartial support and can be contacted on 03000 111 999. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Farming Help partnership will endeavour to find practical on-farm support, or local organisations who may be able assist members of the farming community in need. The helpline is operated by Farming Community Network (FCN) and the Farming Help partnership is a collaboration between The Addington Fund, FCN , R.A.B.I, RSABI and Forage Aid and is supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

You can also contact other organisations for support – and a number of those organisations are listed here.

The NHS also suggests viewing the Every Mind Matters website if you are having to self-isolate and are feeling lonely. 

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