National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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16 December 2015

As the county struggled against a week of horrendous weather, Cumbria Young Farmers showed their indomitable community spirit and waded into help those most in need.

Over 40 Young Farmers from Raughton Head, Skelton, Brampton, Longtown and Aspatria, ably coordinated by Stephen Buckle and Tom Mitchinson cleared 50 trailer loads of water damaged furniture and house hold goods in Carlisle over the weekend. Tractors and trailers were put to good use and helped return some of Carlisle’s streets to a semblance of normality.

Pennine YFC members were equally committed in doing all they could to help families in their own area. Hampers, containing tinned food, coffee, magazines, cleaning products and children’s toys were put together for local families affected by the flood in Appleby and the surrounding areas. The club has also been liaising with local schools to organise the donation of Christmas presents to local school children to help put a smile back on their faces. 

Members from Pennine YFC also helped the Dunning family at Raisgill Head, who were the victims of a terrible landslide which affected much of their farm. Members helped clear the mud and muck away to get the farm yard back to concrete and are planning to go back to offer more help with the clear up.

Kent Estuary showed their support of flood victims by holding a charity bingo night. With match funding from Barclays Bank, the club raised £1400 which will be donated to the Cumbria Flood appeal.

Eden Valley YFC, like many other Young Farmer Clubs, has also been supporting the local community in the aftermath of the floods. A number of members helped with the clean- up operation taking place throughout the local area. The club also held a collection of goods which saw a great response with lots of clothes, food, toiletries and bedding being donated to the flood appeal. Through social media, club members identified that cleaning products were in particular demand, this lead to the club purchasing mops, buckets, cloths and rubber gloves to donate. 

Club member Paul Barrow said "As a club we always really appreciate the support of the local community in our fundraising activities. In the past couple of months we have been able to donate £3000 to various charities. Therefore every member was 100% behind giving something back to the local community." Eden Valley YFC also joined forces with Dufton with Knock Methodist Church to hold a Carol Service on Tuesday 15th December with funds raised going to the flood appeal. Club members are  currently identifying what else the club can do to support others recovering from the flooding and are in the process of organising a variety of charity fundraisers in the New Year including a Dance, Coffee Morning and a Bingo night."




15 December 2015

Over the last number of days, there has been high rainfall in certain areas of the country.  This has led to serious flooding in some areas with many farms, and villages badly affected by the severe weather conditions.  With fears of more bad weather to come, flood alerts are still in place for some areas. 
Many Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members have been helping with the clear up operations taking place across the country but particularly in badly affected areas such as Cumbria.
If you require assistance, please be sure to contact:

•    your local NFU Office,
•    Forage Aid: 07967 219 991
•    RABI: 08082 819 490,
•    Addington Fund: 01926 620 135
•    Farming Community Network: 03000 111 999

To check out the latest flood warning information for your region log on to https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings or alternatively http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/


08 December 2015

The Prince’s Trust are trying to raise awareness about a employability programme, in partnership with The Duchy of Cornwall, known as the Get Into Woodlands Programme. The Get Into Woodlands Programme is a five week employability programme offering training and work experience for young people aged 18-25.

The course teaches different aspects of forestry work, from seedling to sawmill as well as gaining qualifications to help get a job in the forestry industry such as NPTC chainsaw maintenance, cross cutting and emergency first aid.

Please find attached the poster for the programme. The Get Into Woodlands programme will run from 8th February – 11th March 2016.

There will be information sessions throughout January 2016 for young people to find out more about the programme. There will then be a two part selection process – 28th January and 4th February 2016.

If you know any young people who may be interested in this fantastic opportunity, please enquiry in one of the following ways:

1)    Visit www.princes-trust.org.uk and get the young person to complete a simple enquiry form. 

2)    Call their Customer Service Team for free on 0800 842 842

3)    Email Laura.Harris@princes-trust.org.uk. If the young person has any support needs or offending background, please complete the attached referral form and send it back to myself.

Please note that they are only looking for young people who are committed and work ready and able to travel to Hereford.

Click below for more information: 

GI Woodlands Info for Referrers

Woodlands GI Poster Feb 16 

New TPT Referral Form 5_FINAL


03 December 2015

The NFYFC has been selected as one of nine organisations from across England to be awarded a share of £1.2 million as part of the Youth Social Action Fund. 

The National Youth Social Action Fund, jointly run with Pears Foundation, is committed to helping young people in deprived or rural areas to get involved in social action.

The funding will go towards developing social action opportunities for over 20,000 young people across England and provide them with an opportunity to learn from these activities and share good practice.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: "This government is committed to building a more compassionate society and I warmly congratulate all the successful applicants to this round of funding from the Youth Social Action Fund. The money provided by the Cabinet Office and generously matched by the Pears Foundation will enable organisations to tackle the challenges facing young people in rural or disadvantaged areas and help embed social action in their lives."

Trevor Pears CMG, Pears Foundation, said: "It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with the Cabinet Office on the National Youth Social Action Fund. The level of interest in this fund indicates that support in this area is much-needed, and we’re delighted to have been able to select a great variety of very high-quality projects. We look forward to working with these organisations as they develop their projects, and look forward to sharing and disseminating their learning across the sector."

The funding will support youth social action opportunities based on results from the 2014 Youth Social Action Survey. Find out more about the survey and the funding


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