National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 April 2019

YFC Clubs across England and Wales are being asked to host a new activity session about the future of the Federation during their club nights. 

The new activity session called Are you Vision:2023 Ready? has been created by the members of the Vision:2023 strategy group and is aimed at seeking feedback about the Federation from clubs. The information will be used to help the Vision: 2023 group develop the five-year plan for the organisation.

The sessions contain a number of activities for clubs to do that will encourage discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation, what members want to see in the future and how it should be funded.

There are also activities included that will help clubs to think about their own five year plans and guide them in setting future goals.

At the end of each session, the club is then asked to complete an online survey to feedback on the discussions they have had as a club and to put forward their recommendations.

The small Vision:2023 group, made up of 10 YFC members, has already delivered pilot sessions and clubs have been giving their feedback.

Parbold YFC in Lancashire found that by taking part in the session, many of the members learnt more about the wider opportunities available through YFC.

Parbold YFC member Janie Hodge said: “It was really good to see the junior members getting more involved and make suggestions about the future of YFC – after all it is their federation that is being discussed and changed so their feelings are vital in making it into an organisation that they will love.”

Croft YFC had a similar positive experience from their activity session – and it has even helped them form a future plan for their own YFC.

“Our club members really opened up on the night and expressed things that would make Young Farmers even better,” said club member Ryan Neve. “We are so glad we’ve done this meeting now as we have a lot to grow on and a five year plan for Croft!”

Over the coming year, the Vision:2023 group is responsible for drafting a five-year strategic plan for NFYFC. This is a significant moment in the development of the organisation and the strategy will ensure it is fit for purpose and has clear objectives to achieve as it develops in the future.

The plan, which will draw on feedback from internal and external sources, will need to be agreed upon and adopted in 2020.

Each YFC is encouraged to run the activity session in 2019 so their views inform the new strategic plan and every club is being asked to appoint a Vision:2023 rep who can liaise with the Vision:2023 group.

You can sign up for a club session by emailing the Vision:2023 team or by filling out a short contact us form here. 

For more information about Vision:2023, visit here.

25 April 2019

YFCs in Cumbria will be better informed about the impact of alcohol and drugs thanks to a new initiative. 

Cumbria FYFC has received a £10,000 grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation to support its initiative over a three-year period. The project aims to deliver drugs and alcohol awareness sessions to 900 of the County’s YFC members aged 12–26 years of age.

Cumbria is working in partnership with The Well Communities, a not-for-profit community service provider specialising in supporting people with addictions and mental health issues.

Spearheaded by David Higham, founder and CEO of The Well, sessions have been designed specifically for young farmers and address the mental, emotional, physical and legal consequences of abusing drugs and alcohol, how to deal with peer pressure and where to get help. Recovering addicts are also part of the session and speak about their personal experiences.

The session has been rolled out to 145 young farmers in the last two months with further sessions planned.

As well as improving members’ knowledge and encouraging them to make informed choices to keep themselves and their friends safe, the County hopes that the initiative shows their local communities how seriously they are taking the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.

The informative sessions are also meant to encourage members to think of different ways to raise money for charity rather than resorting to social events.

Eamon Monaghan, Cumbria’s County Chairman, is leading on the project. He said: “Cumbria YFC is very proud of our proactive approach to drug and alcohol use in our County. In modern day society it is a very naive attitude to think that drugs aren’t around you and it is important that everyone is aware of the effects and how to deal with them. It’s important that County Federations take a pro-active stance against drug and alcohol abuse.”

YFCs wanting to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol can also run NFYFC's Know Your Limits Curve module.

25 April 2019

This is only Harry Madin’s first year as a YFC member – but he’s already managed to work his way into a role that will help shape the future of the Federation! As a member of the Vision:2023 team, Harry is meeting with YFC members, gathering views and working with the team who are leading the new strategy for YFC. Let’s find out more about this Hill Shepherd from Cumbria who joined Lamplugh YFC 

When did you join YFC?

I joined in September 2018, so not long really. I’ve always wanted to join but it was a case of fitting it in with living away for college, but as soon as I got the chance, I joined straight away.

What made you want to join?

I was new to the area and wanted to meet new people, as well as wanting to get involved in competitions and events.

Three words to describe your club?

Really good craic.

Which activities have you got involved in since becoming a member?

I have taken part in a few events when I have had chance, including stockjudging and have taken part in the Situations Vacant competition. However the biggest YFC thing I’ve been involved with has to be the Vision:2023 group.

Why did you want to help progress YFC?

I wanted to help improve YFC members’ experiences. Everyone has an idea about what YFC should be – it is great to be part of the team trying to make those ideas a reality.

What is the best thing you have done in YFC?

Winning the one game of pool as a club was the best thing so far. We were rubbish but we didn’t finish last, so for us that’s as good as a win! Being part of the Vision:2023 group is the highlight though. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet new people and travelling around to shows and events, then taking the views of members back to the group.

Your greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Taking part in the Farmers Weekly Apprentice 2018 competition final is up there! I was one of nine finalists that went to Harper Adams for the week and took part in a number of competitions each day. At the end of the week we went into a primary school to give a presentation about the dairy food chain as an example of where their food comes from. It was great – the kids knew their stuff and kept us on our toes. I didn’t win the competition unfortunately but a good mate of mine did so I am proud of him.

A personal achievement for me is working with the collies I’ve trained on the fells – it’s not much but it’s good to see all the time and effort was worth it.

What do you hope to achieve through YFC?

I’m hoping to get my name on a few of the club’s trophies and possibly compete at a County level in something. Mostly I want to help achieve a positive outcome for YFC that everyone can be proud of.

Is there anyone in YFC you would like to thank?

I’d like to thank everyone in Lamplugh YFC for welcoming me into the club. But I would mostly like to thank anyone who has been willing to drive to and from club meetings, it’s a long drive and it’s often late with early starts the next day, so they deserve a big shout out.

To find out more about Vision:2023 and how you can get involved visit here

25 April 2019

NFYFC has changed the wrapping on its membership magazine Ten26 to potato starch to improve its green footprint and to show the organisation’s commitment to the #ProtectYourFuture initiative.

The 32-page membership magazine is sent out to more than 20,000 members, three times a year, and the spring issue has been wrapped for the first time in potato starch, making it fully biodegradable.

The new wrapping is compostable and recyclable in council garden bins or home composts.

The starch is sourced from the food industry’s waste stock and is processed to release the starch before being manufactured into granules. The paper Ten26 is printed on is also FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved.

Lucy Stowell, the Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman, from Norfolk FYFC said: “It’s great news that Ten26 will now always be sent out to members in biodegradable packaging. In the spring issue we are sharing information about our Protect Your Future campaign so it’s even more important that this message is being delivered in an environmentally friendly way.”

To see the latest issue of Ten26, visit here. For information about advertising in Ten26 contact Sophie Willingale.

23 April 2019

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is aware that there are a number of YFC members who are interested in visiting Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend of the 3-5 May 2019. 

NFYFC is not organising or involved in any events that are being hosted in Blackpool during that weekend and YFC members have been advised about this in letters to their Club Chairmen and through communications with County Staff and Council representatives.

Any YFC members who choose to go to Blackpool over the first bank holiday weekend in May do so as individuals and do not represent Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) or NFYFC. 

As this is not an NFYFC or YFC event, the use of the NFYFC logo is not sanctioned to be put on display or to be worn during that weekend in Blackpool.

Any person who chooses to go to Blackpool during the 3-5 May 2019 has been informed via correspondence with all YFC clubs that they must not bring the YFC or NFYFC names into disrepute – this means where NFYFC’s name or the YFC name are communicated in connection with an incident. NFYFC will take action against anyone who brings the NFYFC name or YFC name into disrepute.

As the event in Blackpool on 3-5 May has not been organised or sanctioned by NFYFC, the YFC membership insurance policy will not provide any insurance cover for both public and personal liability.

NFYFC will not be in Blackpool during the weekend and will not be able to provide assistance to YFC members who are there. NFYFC has informed the local authorities and the Council about this. 

17 April 2019

A trip along the Great Yarmouth seafront and a spot of camping were in order for members of Dereham YFC during their tractor run in April to raise money for Yellow Wellies and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Seven tractors and support vehicles completed the circuit from Dereham Town Centre, along the Norfolk Coast to Kings Lyn and back down the A47 to Dereham.

The tractor cohort parked up in the Morrisons car park in Diss when they stopped for lunch – much to the amusement of local shoppers. And on the seafront it was the donkeys and local tourists who looked amazed as the seven tractors passed by.

The two-day event meant camping out in the cold at Reedham Ferry – but the team managed to get in practice for the Tug of War by pulling the tractors around. The successful mission raised more than £500 for the two charities.

Dereham YFC member Lucy Stowell said:  “The weekend was a great team building activity for the club as it brought together all members young and old, advisory and friends.” 


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