National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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26 September 2019

County Chairmen and Vice Chairmen will get the chance to boost their leadership skills at a dedicated training weekend in November.

The ‘Equipped’ training weekend, supported by The Henry Plumb Foundation, promises to be an engaging weekend of learning, designed to support County Chairmen and Vices in their new roles and includes key sessions and workshops.

Held at Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire, from 22-24 November, YFC members will enjoy some outdoor team building activities as well as spend time understanding their new role.

Skills sessions will cover topics on equipping yourself for leadership, discovering your leadership style, recognising the challenges of your role and how to overcome them with peer, county and NFYFC support.

There are also ‘Tools Workshops’ that will focus on the topics of supporting, working with and managing County staff, drug awareness, inclusivity and equality in YFC and agriculture and rural affairs as your YFC USP.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Katie Hall said: “This is a great opportunity for chairs and vice chairs to get to grips with their new role and to network and share best practice with others in a similar role to them.

“The training is positive news for Counties too as they benefit from having a confident and skilled leader in post to help guide them through the membership year.”

For more information and to book a place if you are a County Chair or Vice Chair, visit EventBrite. 


26 September 2019

As a member of NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group Greg Colebrook is often representing YFC members at meetings and discussions about the future of farming.

When did you join YFC?

2007

What roles have you held in YFC?

Soham Club secretary and Chairman, Cambridgeshire county Chairman, Eastern Area Chairman.

Three words to describe your club?

Passionate, energetic, teamwork

Best thing you have done with YFC?

Sky Diving to raise money for Cambs YFC

Greatest achievement in YFC?

Competing in the Senior Member of the Year final, answering questions on the stage in Blackpool, with some very loud supporters, was a great feeling.

Greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Becoming a director of the business I work for – Greens Farming in Soham.

Best thing you have ever made with YFC?

A scrap metal owl that won first place at the Cambridgeshire Show!

What are your thoughts on the future of farming?

There is a lot of short-term uncertainty with the Brexit deadline looming but this is the chance to influence the future of UK agriculture, which many YFC members will benefit from. The AGRI group provides the perfect platform to voice members’ opinions to the Government and NGOs to ensure that future policies are being set with young farmers at the core. 

Who would you like to thank in YFC and why?

The friends I have made in my time in YFC have always kept it fun and keep me coming back to do more. 


26 September 2019

Helping a rural community in Nepal was a two-week YFC Travel trip with Projects Abroad that Hazel Stansfield from Lancashire will never forget.

Why did you choose a volunteering trip to Nepal?

I’ve always wanted to travel but I’ve recently bought my own house so I couldn’t go for a long period of time – the two weeks was perfect for me.  I liked the fact that it was split – it was half farming and half school work.

Where did you stay on the trip?

We stopped at the Edu Farm in Kathmandu. We worked there half of the time. It was really nice actually but it was like going back in time. It was all made of mud and bamboo huts.

What activities did you get involved in?

All sorts – it was ram-packed for the two weeks! We worked in the rice paddies – that was good fun, but there were lots of big spiders!

We got to work with the animals, so we washed the cows, and hand-milked them. We did a lot of planting, lettuce planting and lots of digging as well. And then we spent three days in schools teaching the children about agriculture in England, and also English games, and they taught us Nepalese games.

Another activity we were involved in was creating a hedge for a local school to help keep them protected when they were playing outside. This was particularly rewarding as we knew it would help keep them safe which was a nice feeling!

Then at the weekend they took us to the city of Pokhara where we did a lot of sightseeing. There was always something to do.

What was it like doing this kind of volunteering experience with YFC members? 

When we were digging and planting stuff, it gave us a lot of time to get to know each other. I was with eight other girls and they were all absolutely lovely. We did have a lot of time together to bond. At night, we’d have tea all together and then we’d just sit around together for hours and chat. It was really nice and I got really close to them – we are looking to see each other again.

We all had a lot in common. We spent a lot of time talking about Young Farmers, but we also had a lot of different things in common, hobbies and interests – we were all like-minded, so we got on really well.

What did you enjoy about your experience?

The whole two weeks was incredible, I really am grateful I got to go on the trip.

When we were working in the school, we were teaching them about farming back home. The children were amazed at how big our machinery is over here as a lot of them had never seen anything like that before. It was so rewarding teaching them and I really was sad when it was our time to go!

The locals were really happy and impressed with the work in which we carried out, which was such a lovely feeling!

Would you recommend doing a volunteering trip through YFC?

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone – it’s so good to get out and see a different country. I would never have dreamed of going to a country like Nepal for a holiday, so it was really interesting to see the culture and to see how they farm differently. It was very different to the UK.

YFC members can apply to go to Vietnam, Peru and Ghana on volunteering trips in 2020. All YFC Travel trips for 2020 are now open for applications until 1 November 2019. Find out more here. 


06 September 2019

A 24-hour sheep ‘shearathon’ by two members of Culm Valley YFC in Devon has raised £20,150 for the MS Society.

The hard-working duo, Club Chairman Stuart Persey and former Chaiman James Westcott, sheared an impressive 1,135 sheep over their 24-hour mission.

The club hosted the event over the August bank holiday weekend on Stuart’s family farm and included a BBQ, raffle and charity auction to help them boost the fundraising total. There was even a breakfast BBQ served at 8.30am on the Sunday morning.

After totting up the donations, the club posted an update on their Facebook page saying:

“We still can’t quite believe what we have managed to achieve but we will always be so grateful for the support that everyone has shown us for the event through donating items, money, their time or simply coming to watch. Thank you, from all of us at Culm Valley!”

The club chose to donate the funds to the MS Society after members’ of the club have close family with the illness. 


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