National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

13 November 2019

Members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) from across England and Wales are planting more than 9,000 trees over the next two months to help in the fight against climate change.

Sixty YFCs, involving members aged 10 to 26, will be involved in the planting of the sapling trees, supplied by The Woodland Trust, with many YFCs aiming to plant a tree per member.

The project is part of a national YFC initiative called #ProtectYourFuture, launched by YFC members earlier in the year. Young farmers chose to plant as many trees as possible as their contribution to making a positive impact on the environment for the next generation.

The campaign was launched by NFYFC earlier in the year and supports the Government’s Year of Green Action.

NFYFC’s Chairman Katie Hall will be planting 735 sapling trees in Gloucestershire on 16 November 2019 with support from local YFC members, Gloucestershire NFU and the Council.

Katie Hall said: “YFCs ordered sapling trees from The Woodland Trust earlier in the year, so it’s amazing that 60 of our clubs are now receiving the packs and starting to plant the trees.

“This year YFCs have been focusing on ways to improve the environment through our Protect Your Future campaign and it’s great to see so many of our members making a positive impact on their local environment. The trees are a real symbol of hope for the next generation.”

The thousands of sapling trees have been supplied by The Woodland Trust for YFCs to plant across the UK.

John Tucker, Director of Woodland Outreach at The Woodland Trust, said:

“The Woodland Trust is delighted to be working with NFYFC to get so many trees in the ground across the country. Trees play a vital role in our lives. They provide shelter and shade, protect our soils, filtrate our water, provide a home for wildlife, add value to our streets and give us a place to relax and unwind.

“They play a pivotal role in the fight against climate change, cleaning our air, storing carbon and producing oxygen, and that’s why we need them like never before. We hope as many people as possible will follow the example of the young farmers up and down the country, plant trees and dig in for all our futures.”

The government launched its 25 year environmental plan in 2019 and started with a Year of Green Action driven by the #iwill4nature campaign.

The #iwill campaign, Defra, and a group of 25 environment and youth-sector partners want to keep young people at the heart of environmental social action. NFYFC is one of the 25 partner organisations that make up the Environmental Steering group of the #iwill campaign.

For further information about the #ProtectYourFuture project visit here

11 November 2019

NFYFC is calling on its thousands of members, aged 10-26, to think about the impact of their words and actions this Anti Bullying Week.

This recommendation is just one of many suggested by young people after a survey by the Anti-Bullying Alliance revealed 24% of children surveyed said they are bullied once a week or more.

One of the key messages of Anti Bullying Week, of which NFYFC has pledged to support, is that Change Starts With Us.

A simple way in which YFCs can support the campaign is by running the Beat Bullying Curve module during a club meeting. This simple one and a half hour session can help members understand the impact and effects of bullying.

Greg Parkes is a YFC Trainer in Leicestershire and has delivered the Beat Bullying Curve to clubs in the area.

“It’s a great Curve module, which helps clubs consider the way in which members engage with one another. It also helps people understand what is banter and when it's bullying,” said Greg.

The session involves an interactive video session, where members are shown a video of someone being bullied. The members are then asked to make a decision about what action they should take and their decision determines what part of the video is played next – showing the consequences of their choices.

“Clubs enjoyed the interactive nature of the Curve,” added Greg. “They also enjoyed the structure which keeps the topic relevant and engaging while ensuring key messages are delivered.”

To find out more about the Curve module, visit here

04 November 2019

Hundreds of YFC members in Cumbria are more aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse after taking part in the first year of a three-year funded awareness programme.

Cumbria FYFC was awarded a £10,000 grant from The Cumbria Community Foundation to run a Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Programme, supported by The Well Communities – a charity that helps people recovering from addiction.

The County Federation worked with The Well Communities to tailor the sessions to be suited to young people living and working in rural areas of the County. The sessions were also open to members’ parents, YFC Club Leaders and members of the YFC advisory committees.

Each of this year’s sessions, which were attended by nearly 300 YFC members, included personal stories from those in recovery as well as insights into the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse, addiction and the consequences.

YFC members also learned why people abuse drugs and alcohol, the physical and mental impact of misusing substances and how to cope with peer pressure.

Amy Swinbank, Chairman of Eden Valley YFC, attended the most recent session in Carlisle with 100 YFC members, and says she hopes to use the information during a YFC session in the future.

“The Drugs and Alcohol awareness session provided an opportunity to gain an understanding of the physical and mental effects of drugs and alcohol and how to deal with peer pressure," said Amy.

“It was great to hear emotive first-hand experiences and be able to ask questions. I hope that we will be able to use the session at a club meeting in the future, to increase the awareness of drug and alcohol abuse."

The Well Communities received Big Lottery funding through the Cumbria Youth Alliance and Cumbria County Council to support their work delivering the sessions and CEO Dave Higham said the project had been a success.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with the management team and the Young Farmers, helping to make their community a safe place in which they can achieve their full potential.

“The Young Farmers really engaged and were moved by the impact that alcohol and drugs can have on peoples’ lives and also how easily it is to fall into the traps of addiction due to peer pressure or problems with mental health or low self-esteem. We are really looking forward to working with the Young Farmers next year, as they are an amazing group of young people.”

More sessions are planned in Cumbria over the next two years. 


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