26 June 2015
The 2015 YFC Travel programme is well underway, with members embarking on trips of a lifetime to destinations all over the world. Members involved in the exchange programme make friends for life – whether they have travelled to another country or acted as a host for someone.
Staffordshire member Katie Pollock knows all about it after spending eight weeks in Sydney and Australia last year. She became great friends with Tasmania Rural Youth President Prue Dennis and was delighted to catch up with her again when Prue came to the UK recently – including a trip to the Annual Convention.
She said: “I got chatting to Prue in Tasmania and noticed that she was wearing a Joules top – and from there we realised that we both love horses. It takes one thing in common to make a friendship and for us it was horses.”
Among the activities Katie enjoyed in Australia was a riding lesson with Olympic rider Stewart Tinney, while Prue is taking the opportunity to go to the Badminton Horse Trials while she is over here.
“I’d recommend it to others 100%,” said Katie. “If you go with YFC Travel you save a ton of money and you see a lot more because you are staying with people who can show you so much.
“And it opens doors when you get back too – since going on this exchange, I’ve been asked to steward at YFC competitions and I’ve been in Farmers Guardian,
Farmers Weekly, a woman’s magazine in Scotland, and Ten26! It makes you feel quite special and that you can help other people. And all for a lot less money than if you went travelling yourself.”
Katie got the full travel experience because, as well as going on a trip herself, she also acted as host for Prue for a week during her visit to the UK.
Prue said: “Katie is really easy to get along with and as soon as I told her I was coming overseas and that I had a free week she screamed, ‘I’ll take you, I’ll take you!’ I don’t know who was more excited!”
“I’ve got lots planned for Prue,” said Katie when the two were reunited in Torquay. “She’s going to get a taste of Tug of War, and she’s coming on my sister’s hen weekend!”
Visiting Australia with YFC Travel meant Staffordshire member Katie Pollock made a friend for life – who she reunited with in Torquay!
BE A HOST
You don’t have to leave the country for a chance to broaden your horizons – being a host for an exchangee coming to this country is also a great way to learn about rural youth overseas. Prue Dennis is spending six weeks in England and Northern Ireland and is loving every minute of it.
“It’s a really great experience,” she said. “This is my first time out of Australia and I’m so grateful to people for opening up their homes to let me in. I’m not homesick yet but there are a few things that have happened where I think how much I’d like to share it with my parents or partner back home.”
Prue also knows how much fun it can be to act as a host – Rural Youth clubs in Tasmania are always looking forward to welcoming foreign exchanges.
“Our organisation is quite small – nothing like over here,” she said. “We’ve only got around 250 members in the whole state so you immediately know who the exchangees are because you’ve never seen them before.
“When the exchanges come over, it’s really exciting and everybody gets involved. We all have loads of fun.”
All the new YFC Travel trips for 2016 will be announced in September so look out for info on the website www.nfyfc.org.uk/yfctravel and NFYFC’s social media sites so you can book your trip of a lifetime!
18 June 2015
The largest ever survey into crime in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to investigate the true impact of offences on countryside communities. The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)* and supported by the Home Office, is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on countryside crimes, the impact they have on the wider community and to help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.
The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed, which is why we are encouraging anyone living or working in rural areas to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue, which is why we are emailing. We need your help in spreading the message of this survey to your constituents. I attach a draft press release pledging your support, which we would like you to send to your local media, promote through your website and circulate on social media. The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June and to complete the survey, you just need to visit http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey?member=CA.
Whilst official figures show rural crime, like crime in general, is falling, what we are concerned about is the wider implications of offences. The threat of crime can be as detrimental to people’s feeling of safety as crimes themselves so we are keen to find out more through this survey. Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future policing delivery and ensure funding is spent where it is most needed, rather than simply being channelled to urban conurbations. The ultimate aim is to make rural communities safer.
*The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) is supported by 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across England and Wales. The Network, established in July 2014, includes a wide range of organisations with an interest in community safety and rural affairs such as the Countryside Alliance and the Neighbourhood Watch.
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