National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 14.09.20

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 weekly Covid-19 briefings from NFYFC. Please speak to your County Office if you would like access to this more detailed information. 

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Advice for YFCs in England 

**Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions in England made by the Government on 9 September 2020, the ‘rule of six’ does not apply to a YFC setting when clubs adhere to Covid-Secure guidelines.** Youth sector activity is classed as an essential service and is therefore exempt from this rule as long as Covid-Secure guidelines are followed when holding a club meeting. YFC clubs are advised that it is possible for groups of 15 members, plus two leaders, to meet in a Covid-secure venue, as long as the club has followed the appropriate guidance and has a risk assessment in place.

NFYFC has produced a full guidance document on what YFCs need to do for organising activities and meetings. NFYFC has made further updates to these Covid-Secure guidelines, which have been prepared with the support of the National Youth Agency. This updated guidance has been sent to all county offices and can be downloaded below. 

Club committee members can download the guidance here so they can plan how they can open in a Covid-secure way from September with support from their county federation. 

The current guidance for YFCs is in line with the National Youth Agency – and you can read these guidelines in full here.

NFYFC has delivered online training sessions to all county federations and each county federation should be running similar training meetings with club officials to support them with planning a programme of activities that is Covid-secure. NFYFC has provided the training resources for county federations to use

Advice for YFCs in Wales 

New announcements were made by the Welsh Government in September and NFYFC is in the process of developing guidance for Welsh clubs, which will be shared soon.   

Working together 

As a community we must all comply with the Government’s advice and work together to help control the spread of the virus. Many clubs and counties have been organising online activities and events for YFC members to enjoy and we continue to encourage all clubs to continue to do this as well as considering some form of physical meetings. 

NFYFC continues to encourage members to enjoy YFC at Home and is currently developing a national programme for 2020-21 that means we can all enjoy YFC through social distancing measures.   

Find out more about YFC at Home.    

Supporting your community – YFC Rural Support

We are aware many YFC clubs have been supporting their local communities during the pandemic. As clubs start to meet and plan activities, we would encourage you to look at Covid-19 Mutual Aid for ways to support existing local groups too and ensure you follow 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 that is supporting the farming community during the 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 and FarmWell Wales website provides a wealth of information and guidance around topics such as Brexit, Covid-19, mental health, faith and spirituality and much more. 

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.

More information about plans for the 2020-21 Competitions programme will be released soon.   

YFC Travel

All YFC Travel trips in 2020 have been moved or postponed. The YFC Travel team is in contact with the individuals who were chosen to go on these trips. 

NFYFC Council and Steering Group Meetings

Members of all five steering groups have been holding regular meetings online to discuss and guide the programme of work at NFYFC during this difficult time. The June Council meeting was not held but a briefing paper was shared with Council members.     

NFYFC events

All of NFYFC's events and activities for the new membership year are being reviewed in line with Government guidance.

Mental health

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

To help YFC members look after their mental wellbeing during these uncertain times, NFYFC has created Take Time resources, sponsored by Tama. There are seven steps to follow with practical advice and tips on helping you to take time away from the pressures you may be under. All of these resources are available online here

If you feel that you are having a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you need to seek immediate expert advice and assessment. You can call your GP, ring the Samaritans on 116 123 or the Farming Help number on 03000 111 999. You can also follow the links under the ‘Urgent Help’ section 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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