National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 July 2009

RABI PosterFor the past 149 years the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has been helping farming people who struggle to make ends meet. Its latest scheme launched nationally at the end of last year, the RABI Gateway Project, helps low income farming families to increase their earning potential through the development of their skills for use off the farm.

Farmers have a whole range of skills, from operating complex machinery to plumbing, welding, roofing, dry stone walling, the list is endless. What they often lack is the funding to gain the formal recognition that would allow them to take these skills to a wider market.

Speaking at the launch, RABI chairman Andrew Densham said: “We want to keep people on their farms by providing a way for them to stay in business. Most farmers have a wealth of diverse skills that could be used to produce additional income, provided they had the necessary certification.”

Since the scheme was launched RABI has received applications for support with a wide range of activities including: HGV/LGV driving; butchery; professional catering; lawn mower repairs; and website design. The activities do not have to be farming orientated but the skills, such as building, welding and driving large vehicles, will usually have been acquired as part of normal farming activities.The RABI Gateway Project, which as has been set up with development funding from Barclays Community Fund, is open to farming families in England and Wales. Anyone wanting details of how it could help them extend their skills, with a view to earning additional income beyond the farm business, should call the RABI helpline on 01865 727888 for details.

21 July 2009






The redeveloped NFYFC Train the Trainer course will be taking place on September 11-13.

This 2009 course is the perfect opportunity for all motivational characters who would like to propel their YFC career to build on their skills and inspire others.

This entertaining and informative course has been created specifically for those who would like to train within YFC at county level.

The Institute of Training & Occupational Learning (ITOL) accreditation of this course will give successful participants the Foundation certificate in staff development, a training qualification which is internationally recognised by employers.

Heavily subsidised by DEFRA, this course will help you to share your skills with others and help your county training receive the industry recognition it deserves.


Click here for the booking form


Send your completed form to training officer Jo Bouchard on

14 July 2009

Iwelly weekt is time to get your boots on and give it some welly for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund.

RABI National Welly Week from October 10-17 is the time to organise an event or activity of any kind involving wellies and raise funds for the agricultural charity, which spends the cash buying special items to give a better quality of life to those in need.

For more information visit or call: 01865 724931.

Click here for the RABI Welly Week poster

Next year the charity dedicated to supporting farming families is celebrating its 150th anniversary and a host of national and regional events are planned to mark the milestone.

Click here for a schedule of what’s planned so far

14 July 2009

Paddle like an Ancient Briton in a coracle, our oldest type of water craft.

Re-enact history with your friends by making up a team of five contestants and race against your fellows in a Coracle Relay Race on July 25-26 on the River Lugg, at Mortimer’s Cross Mill, near Leominster, Herefordshire.

YFCs are being urged to enter a team in this year’s event and the coming years in the run up to the London 2012 Open Weekend. It costs £8 per team to enter.

For more information contact Chris Partington on 01568 708820, or by email at Read more about the event at or

14 July 2009

Do difficulties securing rural housing affect young people’s decision to live and work in the countryside?

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and English Rural Housing Association are inviting members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) to share their concerns and experience about housing in rural areas. A survey aimed at finding out members’ views on rural housing has been launched at the NFYFC’s Chairman’s Reception during the Royal Show.

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Chairman of NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Douglas Jackson, said that NFYFC was pleased to launch its next survey in association with English Rural Housing Association and looks forward to using the results to good effect. The survey will help to add to on-going research and determine any barriers to young people entering and staying in the farming industry as well as helping members who want to live and work in a rural area.

English rural housing


bullet pointplease click here to complete the survey online

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