National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 November 2016

Counties across England and Wales welcomed back empowered County Chairs and Vice Chairs this week after an NFYFC training weekend in Derbyshire.

The Chairman's Weekend, called Kick Start your Year, was aimed at newly elected County Chairs and Vice Chairs to equip them with leadership and management skills to help them successfully and confidently tackle their year in office.

NFYFC laid on two days of interactive workshops from time management to learning more about YFC Governance. Members were made aware of all the support and resources available to them from NFYFC and also the importance of peer support and using their network of colleagues.

The weekend at Ilam Hall YHA was sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing and received positive feedback from those who attended. As well as serious discussions about their roles, there was also a chance to socialise with other counties with an evening meal and quiz.

The two days proved to be a hit though with members returning to counties ready for action. Tom Wells, County Chair of Lincolnshire, tweeted: "Fantastic weekend with @Matthew_Denby on @NFYFC County Chairmans training weekend representing @LincolnshireYFC #feelinginspired."

While Beth Duchesne from Suffolk YFC was excited about her year ahead and tweeted:  "What an amazing weekend! Thank you @NFYFC! Can't wait to get going with my year as @Suffolkyfc chair now!"

Guests speakers over the weekend included JJ Lynch from Leading Edge Leadership who helped members get to grips with effective time management and Danny Matley from Canal and River Trust who discussed the Youth Social Action and Countryside Challenge.

NFYFC’s Youthwork Officer Cath Sykes said:  “It was great to get to know the new County Chairs and their Vices at the NFYFC’s Chairman’s Weekend and we are confident that those counties are in safe hands with such enthusiastic and inspirational people leading them.

“The weekend aimed to equip all of our Chairs and Vice Chairs with skills to help them through their year in office. It was also the perfect place for them to meet with other counties and get support from each other. We’re very grateful to Rutland Electric Fencing for sponsoring such an important weekend in the YFC calendar as these Chairs are the people who will be helping to shape the organisation’s future.”

There was plenty of opportunity for discussion over the two days as well with members giving feedback on all areas of the organisation. In the Agriculture and Rural Issues workshop members highlighted rural issues of importance for their members including rural broadband, affordable rural housing and rural transport. 

The government will be publishing a new strategy for youth services in the coming months and NFYFC has been pushing members’ views forward.

Bringing all the county chairs together showed the benefit of working together and the far reaching effect of joined-up work on behalf of young people living and working in rural areas.


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