National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 October 2010

Apply for an unforgettable experience with Wales YFC in 2011

Wales YFC is calling on members looking for an unforgettable experience, where they can meet new people from a different country and learn about their traditions and way of life, to send in their application forms for a trip with the Wales YFC International Programme.
 
Destinations include the USA, Finland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Canada. Members can also apply to attend the Rural Youth Spring or Autumn Seminar or even the European Rally that will be held in Slovenia
 
“The International Programme is an important part of the work of the organisation,” said Kay Lewis, Wales YFC’s Activities and International chairwoman.
 
“The programme aims to encourage members' understanding of other cultures and give them the opportunity to travel and to discover new experiences. The programme also asks clubs and their members to host members from similar organisations over the summer months. Travelling with the YFC is a totally unique experience, members will get to know and share experiences with members of similar organisations across the world and make new and lasting friendships.”
 
Bethan Griffiths, who travelled with the Wales YFC programme this year, added: “I am so pleased that I decided to apply for an overseas trip, it is a fairly easy process. I had an unforgettable week at the Autumn Seminar, where I learned a lot about the culture and way of life of people from across Europe, and also made many new friends. Travelling with YFC is an experience that can not be missed!” 

The closing date for application forms is 29 October and following this, members will be invited to attend a Briefing and Selection day on 14 November. During the day members will hear about the experiences of members that have travelled in the past with the organisation prior to the selection process that will include an interview where they will ‘earn’ their place on the Wales YFC International Programme.

Full details of the trips available to members in 2011 can be found on the Wales YFC website at www.yfc-wales.org.uk and anyone that would like further information about the International Programme should contact Helen Edwards at the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502.
 

 

15 October 2010

Clwyd YFC AGM

The annual general meeting of Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs was held at The Club House., Oak Road, Wrexham, on 6 October, when Gilbert Morrilly, Nant Holding, Cloy Lane, Overton on Dee, was elected county president  and Mari Lloyd Jones, Pen Lan Farm, Llangollen, elected county chairman  for 2010-2011. 

The president-elect and vice chairman elected for the year were Dewi Ellis, Pentrefoelas and Caroline Dawson, Cilcain, respectively.  Co-opted members elected on the county executive committee were: Phil Davies, Erfyl Edwards, Geraint Evans, Gwynfryn Jones, Gareth Worthington, Edward Morgan, Fiona Jones and James Wilson, and the co-opted members on the management sub-committee elected were:  Phil Davies, Ioan Morris, Iwan Jones, Gwynfryn Jones and Ellen Roberts. 
 
 County representatives on the Wales YFC committees, NFYFC, NFU, FUW, Denbighshire & Flintshire Show Society, CLA, FWAG, and the Royal Welsh Show (Clwyd) committee were also chosen.

The members who had gained most points in stockjudging competitions throughout the year were presented with their trophies.  These were: ( under 16) Dafydd Williams, Cilcain; (under 18) Dion Edwards, Uwchaled;( under 21) Dewi Parry, Betws yn Rhos and ( under 26) Rhys Roberts, Bro Edeyrnion.

The club which had gained most points in all competitions throughout the year was Uwchaled.

08 October 2010


08 October 2010

Wales YFC staff attend mental health training

Wales YFC County Organisers and staff recently attended a two day youth mental health first aid course delivered by Mind Cymru the Wales YFC charity of the year in partnership with Rural Support Wales.
 
The course aimed to raise awareness of mental health problems in young people and how to recognise the signs of mental health problems and how to deal with them effectively. Problems covered included depression, anxiety, self harm, substance misuse and eating disorders.
 
Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman also took part in the training said: "The training, although tough at times, raised awareness of mental health problems in young people amongst the YFC staff and taught them how to deal with the young people on an immediate basis before referring them to more professional help. I would like to thank Mind Cymru for delivering this course to us as part of the partnership that will develop throughout the year.
 
“It is important that we speak out about these issues and let young people know that there is help available for them. By choosing Mind Cymru as the Wales YFC charity of the year I wanted the organisation to encourage young people to speak out about their worries and highlight the services that are available to them in order to avoid the problems escalating. Anyone worried about friends or wanting to seek advice should refer to the Rural Support Wales website www.ruralsupportwales.org.uk or contact the Mind Infoline on 08457 660 163.”  explained Enfys.
 
Gareth Jones, Mind Cymru Social Justice and Rural Affairs Officer stated: "“We were delighted that we were able to provide this training to YFC staff. YFC clubs provide numerous opportunities to young people living in rural Wales to be both physically and mentally active whilst building and engaging in social networks. We believe that this type of activity is a very important aspect of protecting and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing in people. It also provides a way in which people are able to help and look after each other by talking and identifying potential problems as early as possible so that suitable help can be found if necessary." 
 

06 October 2010

New officer team for Wales YFC

On Saturday 2 October, Wales YFC sub-committee chairman and vice-chairman were elected by representatives of the committees and each new officer is eager to develop their committee.

In the Rural Affairs committee, responsible for discussing rural issues within the YFC and beyond, Owan Rhys Evans of Sarnau YFC in Meirionnydd was elected as the committee chairman and Marc Jones of Berriew YFC, Maldwyn was elected as their vice-chairman.

Kay Morgan of Usk YFC, Gwent was elected as the Activities and International committee chairman. This committee is responsible for creating, discussing and deciding on the competitions and international programme for Wales YFC. Also during the meeting Kate Miles a member from Neath YFC, Glamorgan was elected as vice-chairman of the committee.

The Training and Promotions committee, which looks at training for the members and ensures that Wales YFC is promoted effectively, elected Nicola Walker of Tregynon YFC, Montgomery as the committee chairman and Louise Jones, Cwmann YFC, Carmarthenshire as the vice-chairman of the committee.

The Youth Forum, the sub-committee that represents the members under 18 also elected their chairman and vice-chairman for the year. Aled Jones of Troedriwdalar YFC in Brecknock was elected as the chairman for the forthcoming year and Steffan Evans from Llandeilo YFC, Carmarthenshire was elected as the vice-chairman.

These new officers will work alongside Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman and Dylan Jones the vice-chairman during the year to ensure that Wales YFC offer a varied programme for its members.

Currently the Eisteddfod committee chairman is Fflur Pughe, Bro Ddyfi YFC, Montgomery and the vice-chairman is Heledd Owen, Llansannan YFC in Clwyd.


06 October 2010

Radnor YFC stockjudging winners crowned

Radnor Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs held their county stockjudging on Sunday 3 October, where they also named their "stockmen of the year".

It was hosted by Knighton YFC at Cwm-Whitton Farm by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Pugh. There was a good turnout with all 13 clubs taking part and as many as 45 members competing in the junior section. Members judged classes of beef cattle, butchers lambs and completed an animal health questionnaire. At the end of the day Junior stockman of the year went to Rebecca Mathias of Howey YFC and Senior Stockman of the year was Helen Powell of Radnor Valley YFC.

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