02 February 2015
The experience of long-serving staff combined with the enthusiasm of new starters helped to make this year's NFYFC Staff Conference a great success.
Staff with over 20 years' experience working with Young Farmers joined forces with staff who had only been with the Federation for a matter of weeks. Held at the Billesley Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, the aim of the Conference was for all county and NFYFC staff to get together and share best practices and pick up some hints and tips to take back to their respective counties. The delegates were given the opportunity to learn new ideas and pick up advice from NFYFC staff.
On the first day of the Conference, they were given an overview of how the Federation had performed over the last 12 months and how they can make the most out of social media. They were then divided into workshops where they could pick up new skills, ranging from setting up competitions to bid writing for sponsors.
The second day saw presentations from Glyn Smith, operations manager at HOPS Labour Solutions, and Ken Norman from Bretherton's Solicitors, who gave a talk about keeping motivated.
The conference finished with the delegates learning more about competitions, including Just A Minute and Cake Stockjudging.
Despite the action-packed event, there was still time for some of the staff to try their hand at Ultimate Frisbee, (pictured right) which will be included in the 2015/16 competitions programme.
Julia Taylor, county organiser at Staffordshire YFC, said: "It was a great couple of days to catch up with old faces and meet the many new members of staff working around the County. With so much going on in the world of NFYFC and back in our own counties, it is always good to bring everyone together and see what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for our members”.
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