National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 November 2019

Just 5% of adults think that young people today are very likely to take part in social action (activities to make a positive difference to others) and only 4% selected “selfless” from a list of adjectives to describe young people today.

In reality, 60% of young people take action to help other people or the environment every year, and 74% of them care about contributing to make the world a better place.

As our society faces a number of pressing challenges, we cannot afford to overlook young people’s desire to contribute towards making our country a better place.

That’s why NFYFC, as a partner of the #iwill campaign, is celebrating #iwill Week, 18-24th November. We believe young people have the skills, energy and ideas to tackle society’s toughest challenges today, and we’re giving them the opportunities to do so.

#iwill Week is an opportunity to shout about the positive change young people are creating in communities across the country, as volunteers, mentors, campaigners - and much more. It’s also a chance to shine a spotlight on organisations that are empowering and supporting young people to take action on issues they care about.

Yet it’s also a chance to recognise that we need to do more across society to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is able to make a difference and have their voice heard.

At NFYFC, we’re celebrating #iwill Week by promoting the fantastic work YFC members do to run their clubs and showcasing the work they are doing to safeguard the environment for the next generation.

NFYFC's Chairman of Council Katie Hall said: “Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) are run by their members for their members – giving young people an opportunity to take on active roles to support their club’s and county’s development. There are 598 YFC club chairmen across England and Wales who are all voluntarily leading their clubs, ensuring they meet their charitable obligations and inspiring rural young people.

“NFYFC is proud to be an #iwill partner and to show that young people are making a massive difference to local communities across the country. As part of our Protect Your Future campaign YFCs are planting more than 9,000 sapling trees in local communities to help improve the environment and combat climate change. #iwill Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of young people.”

Dr Rania Marandos, CEO of Step Up to Serve, the charity that coordinates the #iwill campaign says: “When young people are empowered, and believe they can make a difference, the sense of possibility they bring to communities is incredible. This is why the #iwill campaign started in 2013. It has since become a powerful cross-sector movement of over 1,000 organisations and young people. #iwill Week celebrates the action they are taking together to transform the role young people play in society, as leaders of the present not just leaders of the future.”

Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for a better today. That's why the #iwill campaign, comprised of over 1,000 organisations from across the UK, including NFYFC, aims to make participation in social action the norm for young people aged 10 to 20. 

The campaign was launched in November 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales with cross party support, which it still maintains.

References 

1. Royal Society of the Arts, (2018), Teenagency: How Young People Are Changing the World

2. Ipsos Mori, National Youth Social Action Survey 2018



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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