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18 October 2010

Call for enterprising YFC members

Wales YFC is calling all budding young entrepreneurs to enter the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme before 5 November, for the chance of winning up to £900 in prize money for their business.
 
The scheme is run by Wales YFC with support from NatWest and is open to any Wales YFC past or present member, up to the age of 31 and helps young people in rural areas to gain confidence to try out business ideas.
 
Past entries have included farm diversification projects, beauty businesses and even the setting up of very successful shops. The applicants are invited to meet with a panel of experts where they can talk through their idea with the judges who will then offer advice on how to develop their idea further. Following this the applicant receives £100 towards their business to further their ideas.
 
Last year's top prize of £800 was awarded to Elfyn Jones from Llantrisant, Ynys Môn. Elfyn entered the competition with his newly established “Trisnat show boxes and signs” where he hand makes wooden boxes for cattle, sheep and horse exhibitors to keep all the necessary equipment needed by them for exhibiting at a show.
 
“This competition is an excellent way to open several doors to anyone thinking of or who have recently started up a business. Completing a business plan was easy and attending the session with the panel was a great way of selling my business to others and to get their opinion on the idea. It’s almost an year since I won the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme and during this time my business has developed a lot and my confidence as an individual has increased. The business has seen an increase in sales not only in Wales but throughout the UK. I would encourage anyone to enter, not only for the cash prizes available, but to obtain the business advice from the experts and the opportunity to promote the business ideas.”
 
“The idea of the scheme is to offer young people the opportunity to test drive a business idea and to gain a taste of the business world,” said Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.
 
“All you have to do is contact Kay Lewis at Wales YFC to discuss your idea or business proposal, she will then offer you support and contacts to help create a business plan and provide other business advice. Then before 5 November send a copy of your business plan to Wales YFC to enter,” added Rhys.
 
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director Rural Wales Banking, said: "We're delighted to sponsor this competition again, which supports some of our budding entrepreneurs. I was really impressed by the standard of last year's entries, who all gave a very good account of themselves and their business. I'm looking forward to meeting this year's entrants early next month.?"
 
All those who are interested in applying should contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502.

18 October 2010

Wales YFC urges: 'Try something new this winter'

The new YFC year has begun and Wales YFC is keen to promote the message that anyone can join their local club.
 
Although the name of the organisation refers to young farmers, YFC is open to young people from all walks of life. With a high percentage of membership under 16, clubs would particularly welcome new members over 16 who want to take part in a variety of activities and have lots of fun.
 
Anysha Panesar, a member of Maendy YFC in the Glamorgan Federation, recently won an American pageant to become the first international title holder of America’s Perfect Teen. Anysha swapped her wellies and stock judging attire for a week of fashion and glamour, winning the ultimate prize of a full scholarship to study at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in America.
 
Anysha explains, “I have learned so many skills from participating in activities at YFC that I was able to use what I had learned, such as my public speaking skills, and be really confident in the Interview stage of the pageant. YFC isn’t all about livestock and farming issues, it’s so much more than that! At YFC we learn things that we can use in virtually all walks of life – even American pageants!”
 
Nigel Owens, international rugby referee, adds: “Although I lived in a very rural part of west Wales, a few of the young people of my village and I became members of Llanarthne YFC, even though we did not live on a farm and in fact many of us had no family members who were from an agricultural background either. YFC has something to offer all young people, no matter what your interests are you will find something to do at your local YFC that will be to your taste, and will  be of great benefit to you in whatever path or career the future takes you.”
 
YFC is a democratic organisation lead by the members and runs a variety of programmes throughout the year. From entertainment productions and public speaking competitions to travelling abroad, sports programmes and training there really is something for everyone.
 
Currently there are 160 YFC clubs across Wales, each one eager to welcome new members to join them in their exciting activities. For further information about your local club contact the Wales YFC office, based on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, on 01982 553 502.
 

 

 


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." 
 

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