National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 September 2017

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is celebrating its 85th anniversary during National Young Farmers’ Week (18-24 September), following a hugely successful campaign to support rural communities.
 
Members of the leading rural youth organisation spent more than 4,000 hours over the last year as part of a nationwide campaign to fundraise and deliver community projects that benefited local residents. The hard work was all part of an NFYFC campaign called the Countryside Challenge, funded by Pears Foundation and The Office for Civil Society.
 
Feedback from the campaign revealed that 100% of respondents who lived in the areas that benefited from a YFC project said that it would have a positive impact on their local community.
 
Survey findings also revealed how local communities viewed YFC members after the projects were completed, with the top three attributes for Young Farmers being friendly (95%), hard working (91%) and organised (87%). Other key qualities highlighted about YFC members were that they were inspiring and helpful.
 
Projects ranged from cleaning up churchyards and village signs to hosting fundraising events to raise money for local causes.
 
Thanks to the funding support, NFYFC was able to give out £15,200 worth of funding to YFCs who applied for £400 to help them deliver their Countryside Challenge project.
 
This money paid for necessary tools and equipment or was reinvested back into club funds to help develop their club and activities for members.
 
Deputy Director of Pears Bridget McGing said: “The YFCs taking part in the Countryside Challenge have been particularly impressive in their ability to organise and manage social action projects. From the ambitious scale of the projects devised by the clubs, through to the careful budgeting, reporting and risk assessments carried out, the YFCs have definitely demonstrated the extraordinary potential of young people.”
 
As well as the Countryside Challenge, YFCs annually raise an estimated £1.2m for charity every year through fundraising and collectively spend thousands of hours supporting local community projects. This impressive amount is on top of the money they must raise to supplement the running costs of their clubs and the hours spent nurturing their members.
 
This National Young Farmers’ Week, YFCs will be celebrating the positive impact they make on their rural communities and in developing young people’s skills.
 
The aim of the week is promote YFCs to more rural young people so they are aware of the benefits the Federation can offer them by providing an active social network and developing skills.
 
There are 25,000 members of NFYFC who are all offered opportunities to take on roles in their YFCs to help with the running, budgeting and management of their charity. There are also opportunities at a County, Area and National level as a member-led organisation.
 
The skills developed through NFYFC’s competitions, training, travel and agricultural activities have all proven to benefit young people throughout their lives, which is why NFYFC will be using the hashtag #yfcforlife during this National Young Farmers’ Week. The week will focus on different topics over the seven days and will culminate in the national finals of Cookery and Floral Arts at the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire.
 
Clubs will be celebrating the event by posting photos of their YFC online as part of a nationwide photo competition that will be judged by NFYFC’s President, and broadcaster, Charlotte Smith and NFYFC’s Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1.  
 
NFYFC’s President Charlotte Smith said: “I am very proud to be the President of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and want the nation to know more about one of our countryside’s best kept secrets. YFC is more than farming - it’s one of the only rural youth services we have that helps develop young people’s skills and provides a much-needed social network in the countryside. Here’s to a successful National Young Farmers’ Week, raising awareness of this fantastic organisation and celebrating all that is great about our young people.”
 
NFYFC’s Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 said: “You don’t have to be a farmer to be a young farmer, which is a brilliant motto because I love Young Farmers’ Clubs but don’t know very much at all about farming. Despite my distinct lack of farming knowledge, loads of YFCs have welcomed me to their events and farms and I’ve loved learning more about the countryside and what young people are getting up to! I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Young Farmers’ Clubs – as they offer a social life, an opportunity to learn new skills and a place to achieve great things! Let’s celebrate how great our YFCs are this National Young Farmers’ Week.”
 
National Young Farmers’ Week 2017 runs from 18-24 September and there are a number of social media assets available to download from the website for NFYFC supporters to use to raise awareness of YFCs during the week. 
 
Read our stories from YFC members who have benefited from being a member of a Young Farmers’ Club throughout their lives.
 
See endorsements for National Young Farmers’ Week from Adam Henson and Jimmy Doherty as well as from a range of NFYFC's sponsors and supporters.  
 


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