National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 May 2017

Nearly 30 YFCs have taken part in NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge and made a massive impact on their local rural communities – and there is still time to get involved!

The project, which is funded by The Pears Foundation and the Office for Civil Society, finishes at the end of June. YFCs have so far received £7,200 for their efforts – with £4,400 in the pipeline for those who are still putting their challenges into action.

There is also still £3,200 of funding available to YFCs to claim before the end of June, which could help eight more projects get off the ground.

The completed projects, which have ranged from local conservation missions to cleaning up a local village, have been met with gratitude from local communities as well as The Pears Foundation.

Deputy Director of Pears Bridget McGing said: “The YFCs taking part in the Countryside Challenge have been particularly impressive in their ability to organise and manage social action projects. From the ambitious scale of the projects devised by the clubs, through to the careful budgeting, reporting and risk assessments carried out, the YFCs have definitely demonstrated the extraordinary potential of young people.”

Clubs have used their funding to help them complete their local project or invested the money back into the running and development of their YFC.

Much Wenlock YFC organised a charity ‘Muck Lug’ (pictured) for their project – which involved a leaflet drop and advertising campaign. They took orders, filled the bags and delivered to the local community. The Club was able to use their £400 from the Countryside Challenge to subsidise weekly events for members, including talks, activities and visits.

“We are a very busy Club so to help out our members and ensure they were able to attend more costly things was very important to us,” said Much Wenlock YFC member Alison Jones.

Get in touch as soon as possible with cath.sykes@nfyfc.org.uk if you think you could use £400 of funding for a positive social action project in your local area. Find out more about taking part in the Challenge.

Congratulations to the following YFCs who have completed a project and received £400:

  1. Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
  2. Royston &Buntingford YFC, Hertfordshire
  3. Selby YFC, Yorkshire
  4. Escrick YFC, Yorkshire
  5. Elwick YFC, County Durham
  6. St Columb YFC, Cornwall
  7. Norfolk Countrysiders YFC, Norfolk
  8. Aspatria YFC, Cumbria
  9. Much Wenlock YFC, Shropshire
  10. Essex YFC – Essex
  11. Kingsbrompton YFC, Somerset
  12. Comberton FYC, Cambridgeshire
  13. Caunton YFC, Nottinghamshire
  14. Pailton YFC, Warwickshire
  15. Wymeswold YFC, Lincolnshire
  16. Suffolk YFC, Suffollk
  17. Ashford and District YFC, Kent
  18. March YFC, Cambridgeshire

Good luck to the following YFCs who are currently preparing their projects and will receive £400:

  1. Warleggan YFC, Cornwall
  2. Sedgefield YFC, County Durham
  3. Launceston YFC, County Durham
  4. Abingdon YFC, Oxfordshire
  5. Huntington YFC, Cambridgeshire
  6. Longridge, Lancashire
  7. Hampshire YFC, Hampshire
  8. St Albans YFC, Hertfordshire
  9. Dorrington YFC, Shropshire
  10. NFYFC Youth Forum, National
  11. Shropshire YFC, Shropshire

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