National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 June 2020

Operators of a farming helpline that has offered support to farmers during Covid-19 have praised YFC members for their assistance throughout the crisis.   

Clubs across England and Wales registered their details with the Farming Help helpline at the start of the crisis to share what support they could offer in their local areas.

More than half of the calls (56%) to the helpline in April, which is operated by The Farming Community Network (FCN), had a Covid-19 connection and around two-thirds were stress related. The majority of calls relate to financial difficulties, sometimes related to farming activities that have been affected by the pandemic, and mental wellbeing.

Alex Phillimore from FCN said the charity was grateful to YFCs for supporting the helpline initiative and for adding their details to the directory that is used by helpline volunteers when farmers are seeking help.

“It’s been great to know the YFC clubs are there to help if needed. Whilst our Helpline has been busy, farmers appear to be coping well in general so far. We have been helping people with issues relating to mental wellbeing and financial matters in particular and as the lockdown lifts and harvest approaches, we anticipate there could still be problems to come, so it’s great to have the YFCs on hand and ready to assist if needed.”

Farming Help Charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund – worked together to deliver the service. As well as NFYFC, the initiative was also in conjunction with The National Farmers’ Union, and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

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