National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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15 November 2018

Exciting teenagers about a career in agriculture is the aim of a new joint project between The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and LEAF Education that launched at Ag Careers Live in November.  

A new training resource, supported by Defra, has been developed to help inspire young people to discover and research subject and career options in the food and farming industry.

The resource, called Future Farming, will be available for YFC trainers to deliver to YFC clubs and in schools, as well as being accessible to teachers on the Countryside Classroom website.

Aimed primarily at schoolchildren in year 9, the Future Farming project aims to break down misconceptions that a career in farming is just about livestock and tractors.

The project will support the work of the AGRI Food industry Workforce Skills and Development strategy.

Recent research findings by LEAF Education with 1,000 12-18 year olds across the UK, in June this year, showed that almost a third of respondents would consider a career in farming but only 22% have ever been given information about jobs in the industry.

87% agreed that young people should be more interested in how food is produced and where it comes from.

Future Farming is an interactive session that will also help learners to achieve a greater understanding of importation, exportation and production.

The project supports Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education by developing critical thinking, encouraging learners to discuss and explore living in the wider world while encompassing economic and environmental wellbeing and aspects of agricultural, food and retail careers education.

On completion of the session, learners will understand the role that agriculture plays in solving global challenges and where British food comes from. Future technologies will also be highlighted and promotion of the associated industries, extending into the food and retail sectors.

One of the goals for NFYFC’s Chair of Council Lynsey Martin, during her term of office, was to encourage YFCs to play an active role in promoting the food and farming industry and its career options.

Lynsey, a member of Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, said: “There are so many misconceptions about pursuing a career in agriculture and I am so proud that YFC is helping to break those down with this new resource. This is an exciting industry to work in that needs skilled, technical people to keep up with the advances in technology and changing global food demands.

“We are delighted to have worked with LEAF Education to develop the Future Farming resources and we hope that this project starts to make a positive impression on young people who are making those important decisions about their future career.”

Head of LEAF Education Carl Edwards said:

“Integral to our work as LEAF Education is inspiring and educating future generations about farming, food production and the countryside. Our young people are missing out on being part of a dynamic and vital industry, because they simply do not know about it. The Future Farming project with NFYFC will address this issue and ensure that we communicate directly to those young people about the many career opportunities that are open to them in the sector.

"We are excited to be working with NFYFC, being two leading organisations that deliver and deliver well; it was a natural fit to ensure a successful and targeted programme.”

NFYFC will be at Ag Careers Live on Stand 39 on 15 November 2018.


02 November 2018

“You don’t need to own wellies” to be a young farmer, according to Melton Mowbray YFC who have won £350 from NatWest in NFYFC’s video competition for National Young Farmers’ Week.

Melton’s video showed lots of lively footage from competitions, community work and farm tours together with interviews with club members who explain what YFC means to them.

The video was chosen by two judges who know what it takes to make a media hit – broadcaster and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith and Gareth Wyn Jones, star off BBC TV show The Hill Farm.

Both judges agreed it was the club that they would most like to visit having seen the video.

“Overall I loved the enthusiasm and use of music in all of the videos but Melton Mowbray YFC’s stood out as the club I’d most like to visit,” said Charlotte. “Thanks to all the clubs who took the time to produce their videos – hopefully you have gained lots of new members by recording them and have learnt some new skills along the way.”

The judges also highly commended Aberdew YFC and Harmston YFC for their efforts too as close runners up to the winner.

Melton’s Junior Secretary Leah Niamh created the video and was thrilled with the judges comments.“What a nice thing to say, they’re more than welcome to visit!”

Leah says that the video has been shared quite widely and that it has resulted in one new club member who joined up after seeing the video.

Melton will now receive a prize of £350 courtesy of National Young Farmers’ Week sponsor NatWest, which Leah says the club will use to either put on a fundraising event or buy team kit for an event that junior members would like to take part in.

The video win was not the only highlight of Melton’s National Young Farmers’ Week. The club put on a barbecue for a new members’ night which saw 25 people join up.

And Leah is hoping that all those new members will be able to get just as much fun out of YFC as she has had. “It has been a great experience,” she says. “My confidence has just rocketed.

I’ve made friends for life and had so many new experiences. When I joined I was extremely nervous and shy. Now I’m the loudest one in the club!”

Melton Mowbray YFC is also the winner of NFYFC's Club of the Month for November and you can read more about the club here. 


01 November 2018

Performing Arts competitors can now dream of treading the boards at the national final in Leamington Spa on 11 May 2019.
 
The final will take place during the same weekend as the Annual General Meeting and the Senior Member of the Year finals at the Royal Spa Centre.

This purpose built theatre, close to the centre of Leamington Spa, has 667 seats in the main stage auditorium and 188 seats in the studio.

Competitions Steering Group Chair Fay Thomas, from Herefordshire FYFC, announced the date during the Council meeting in October and also confirmed that the Choir and Ballroom Dancing will take place in July on Competitions Day in Staffordshire.

“We’re really excited that the Performing Arts and Senior Member of the Year finals will take place in a central location and during the same weekend as the Annual General Meeting,” said Fay. 

“Having the Choir and Ballroom Dancing competitions on Competitions Day in July will also mean there is plenty for spectators and YFC members to enjoy during this special weekend.”

A full competitions calendar has also been released and details for each competition can be found in the Competitions area of the website.

 





01 November 2018

Two YFC members are looking forward to getting an insight into the future of farming thanks to the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ NFYFC scholarship.

Lee Pritchard from Glamorgan FYFC and Amy Panton from Cumbria FYFC will be attending the Oxford Farming Conference in January where they will get the chance to be a part of the debate during a crucial time for the industry.

This year’s event is called a World of Opportunity and both Lee and Amy will get to hear from inspirational speakers, take part in fringe sessions with industry leaders, listen to Government speakers and network with people from across the sector.

Every year, the Worshipful Company of Farmers supports two YFC members to attend the conference – and any YFC member can apply. 

Judges said that this year’s field of candidates has been exceptionally strong and that they were impressed with their backgrounds, enthusiasm and involvement in the industry.

Amy, who is a Technical Manager and Livestock Procurement Manager for Dunbia Cumbria, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to attend this event. I want to get a greater understanding of how we can all work together to share our knowledge and collaborate as an industry.”

Judges said that Amy’s application showed that she is focused on the need to plan for the future and the changes that the industry must face up to.

Lee didn’t grow up on a farm but has now been made a partner in the farming business he has worked at for ten years and the judges were impressed with the diversity this background represents.

Lee said: “It’s going to be a good opportunity for us to learn from other people. With Brexit coming up, this will hopefully be a gateway to learning what the future might hold.”

Lee and Amy both said the application process was really simple. Amy said: “I saw it advertised on social media and then I just had to answer the questions and send in my CV. It didn’t take very long.”

The Oxford Farming Conference takes place between 2-4 January and a full conference ticket costs £295. For more information about the event, visit the website.


01 November 2018

Support this year’s Anti-Bullying Week by running the Curve’s new Beat Bullying module.

Almost 30% of children aged 6-15 have reported being bullied in the last 12 months. But it’s not just children – bullying can be experience by anyone at any time of life and in any setting.

Anti-Bullying Week – being held this year from 12-16 November and organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance – aims to support schools and other organisations to help children and young people, parents and people who work with young people to recognise and challenge bullying.

And there’s no better way to support it in your club than by delivering the Curve’s new Beat Bullying module dedicated to tacking the issue.

Beat Bullying encourages members to understand the different types of bullying, the effects and impacts of bullying and the importance of teamwork and cohesion within a YFC.

The new YFC Curve Beat Bullying module covers the definition of what bullying is, the different forms of bullying, the impact bullying can have on an individual and group dynamics and how bullying can be reduced/tackled in a club environment.

In addition to the resources from the Curve, the Anti-Bullying Alliance has lots of resources available for download including lesson plans and videos.

The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is ‘Choose Respect’ and seeks to help everyone understand the definition of respect, that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that we all need to respect each other both face-to-face and online – whether we agree with someone or not.




01 November 2018

Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK. Add in the dangerous nature of rural roads and those on two wheels are especially at risk.

Road Safety Week takes place 19-25 November and the theme for this year is ‘Bike Smart’. According to road safety charity Brake, more than 100 riders are injured every day in needless, preventable crashes.

Being Bike Smart is about making sure that all road users – whether on two, four or more wheels – know about the dangers that cyclists and motorcyclists face and ensuring we all behave in a way that minimises those risks.

Road Safety Week is an excellent opportunity to deliver the Drive It Home Curve module, which helps members stay safe on rural roads.

Drive It Home helps people to understand dangerous driving and its consequences, helps to change attitudes to discourage dangerous driving and helps people make smarter choices either as drivers or passengers.

In addition, by registering with Road Safety Week 2018, you can get a free electronic action pack which will help you and your club be Bike Smart.




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