National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 March 2017

Learning how to tackle a local community project involved YFC members rolling their sleeves up at a Countryside Challenge training day this March.

The one-day course was hosted at the Canal and River Trust in Stoke where 12 YFC members from Leicestershire,  Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire learnt more about the Countryside Challenge and even got to take part in a local conservation project!.

NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge is funded by Pears Foundation and the Cabinet Office and is aimed at enabling YFCs to identify and carry out youth social action projects in their local communities. NFYFC can give up to £400 to five clubs each quarter who need funding to help them complete a project.

On the training day, YFC members were able to look through some of the completed projects by other clubs before planning their own. To help them on their way they were given useful tasks to do such as writing their own risk assessment.

As well as the planning, there was also an opportunity to get their hands dirty when the Canal and River Trust set the YFC members off on a mission to carry out a local conservation project. After splitting into teams, the members did a litter pick alongside the canal and gravelled and cleared vegetation from a foot bridge and lock.

Aimee Mahony, from Market Bosworth YFC, attended the training day and said: “I had a great day. Everyone left with a real buzz about future projects.”

So far 15 community projects have been carried out by YFCs and received funding through the Countryside Challenge. A total of 265 members have taken part in a Countryside Challenge project over the last to help their local community – which equates to more than 2,500 hours of support!

Bridget McGing, Director of Pears Foundation, said they had enjoyed receiving the reports produced by the YFCs about their projects.  “It’s very rewarding to read about the projects.  We’re always pleased to see examples of young people giving careful consideration to the needs of their community, and matching that with the particular skills and passion that they can contribute.  When those two factors combine, there can be some wonderful results.”

Funding is still available for YFCs to apply for support for future projects and for more information about how your YFC can take part visit our Countryside Challenges pages.

Watch a video from the day and find out more about the Countryside Challenge:


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