National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 January 2019

Support the Year of Green Action and the #IWill4Nature initiative by getting your YFC to request a free wildflower seed kit for spring sowing. 

If you’re looking for a project that your YFC could do in your local community, or if you know somewhere that could use a little splash of colour to brighten people’s day, a Grow Wild seed kit is the answer.

Your seed kit will give you all the information you need to sow and grow wildflowers. All you need is enthusiasm and a space to do it!

Apply now (the deadline is 8 February 2019).  

31 January 2019

Grow Wild has teamed up with NFYFC to promote two opportunities for individual young people and YFCs to lead projects that are inspired by and celebrate UK native wildflowers and fungi.

The funding is for young people aged 14-25. Individuals can apply for £500 to run a project in their community or with their YFC.

Projects should be creative, actively engage other people in their delivery, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. 

Beyond that, anything is up for grabs – the more creative and innovative the better! Applicants are asked to make a short video (no more than two minutes) explaining their idea and what the £500 would pay for.

Grow Wild youth funding is a great way to develop new skills, build confidence, improve your CV, and make a positive contribution to your community.

Applications close at midday, 1 April 2019 – for late spring and summer projects

Got a great idea? Want to know more? Visit the Youth Funding page on the Grow Wild website for everything you need to know.

31 January 2019

NFYFC is supporting a new Government initiative to put young people at the heart of environmental social action during the Year of Green Action. 

As one of 25 partner organisations, NFYFC is supporting the #iwill4nature initiative that was officially launched on 31 January by Secretary of State Michael Gove in conjunction with the Government’s 25-year environmental plan.

Throughout the year, activity around #iwill4nature will draw together local and national initiatives in order to inspire green action.

In support of #iwill4nature, NFYFC will be launching its own exciting environmental campaign for YFCs to get involved in during 2019. Details will be made available after NFYFC’s Council meeting in February.

2019 is the Year of Green Action, which is an opportunity to encourage connection to the natural environment and collective action to improve it. One year ago the UK Government  published “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment”, setting out its approach to protect and improve the environment and demonstrate leadership on conservation, climate change, land use, sustainable global food supplies and marine health.

The 2017 National Youth Social Action Survey, commissioned to run alongside the #iwill campaign, found that 44% of young people who had not been involved in social action in the past year were interested in addressing environmental issues (including animal protection).

Examples of green action include:

  • Taking part in environmental volunteering such as litter picking or planting pollinator-friendly flowers
  • Fundraising for to maintain or enhance green spaces
  • Campaigning for the zero plastic waste agenda. 

At the launch event the Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“As the future stewards of our planet, children and young people have a leading part to play in tackling the biggest environmental challenges of our time. They have the energy, ideas and drive to address issues in their schools and communities and inspire their peers to do the same.

“That’s why I am delighted to today launch the Year of Green Action – to inspire change across the UK. I praise the work of the #iwill campaign, its partners and its young ambassadors in supporting us to do this. I now invite and challenge every person to consider how they can get involved.”

24-year-old Step Up To Serve Trustee Pauline Meyer, and chair of the launch event, said:

“#iwill4nature recognises the impact young people already have on improving the environment and challenges them and others around them to make an even bigger difference. Whether it is looking after and appreciating their local green spaces, encouraging friends and family to make different shopping choices or choosing a commute that pollutes less. In the process you also get to develop skills, experience and boosting their mental health and wellbeing. I hope young people all over the UK can be inspired and supported to connect with the natural environment.”

About the #iwill campaign

The #iwill campaign is a collective effort involving over 900 partners (including NFYFC) from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for 10- to 20-year olds by the year 2020, wherever they live and whatever their background. 

31 January 2019

Three YFC counties are celebrating after being awarded gold in recognition of their training achievements in 2017-2018. 

Devon, Shropshire and Leicestershire have all received a gold award certificate for offering a varied training programme to their members.

Every County has the opportunity to receive either a bronze, silver or gold award after completing a self-assessment form provided by NFYFC. The youthwork team then verifies the answers with each county before issuing the awards at the end of each membership year.

Gold achievers are counties that are delivering more than 10 courses a year with links to external trainers and accredited training opportunities, have a training budget and training toolkit, train club officers, and evaluate needs in their clubs. 

In Leicestershire, the county delivers roadshows to gather feedback from clubs about their strengths and weaknesses so a training programme can be planned 12 months in advance.

County Organiser Emma Lovegrove said: “We deliver a lot of Curve modules in Leicestershire and the members enjoy them and take a lot from them. They need to go away having gained some skills. It’s important they have these to put on their CV.”

In Shropshire the county team also responds to the needs of its members and offers a wide variety of courses depending on interests and skills needed.

Lucy Taylor, a member of Bridgnorth YFC, said:  “The training has been run ever so well. It’s well-advertised too – there is always something in the mail shots to chairmen and secretaries, and everything is on the website.”

Six counties also picked up a silver award with seven counties gaining a bronze award for their training efforts.

Silver awards

  • Cambridge and Peterborough 
  •  Essex
  •  Lancashire 
  •  Norfolk  
  •  Staffordshire 
  •  Worcestershire

Bronze awards

  • Bedfordshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Dorset
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Sussex 
  • Wiltshire

Cath Sykes, NFYFC’s Development and Training  Manager, said: “These awards are aimed at recognising the amazing achievements by YFC counties for the investment they put into developing their members’ skills.

“We’re delighted so many counties have already been awarded a bronze, silver or gold award in the first year of running this recognition scheme. We hope now that other counties will be inspired to improve the training they offer too.”

For more information about how to reach a gold, silver or bronze training award in your county, speak to your County Organiser or email Cath Sykes.

Read more about the Gold award winners in the latest issue of Ten26


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