National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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07 May 2021

NFYFC is encouraging YFCs to make a pledge during Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) to deliver its new Rural+ training modules to their YFC members this year.

The training, which has been developed with The Farming Community Network and The DPJ Foundation, and is funded by The Westminster Foundation, aims to encourage young people to take action early and to plan for the challenges and restructuring that the industry now faces.

The training will focus on understanding stress and anxiety; managing personal mental wellbeing; how to talk about mental health; seeking support and supporting others.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, YFCs can show their commitment to delivering the course by downloading pledge cards and sharing them on social media.

Pilot course 

Members of Staffordshire FYFC took part in a pilot of the course in March and helped to improve the course by offering vital feedback on the session.

Chair of Staffs FYFC Amy Boothby said:

“The session was informative and as a county we are pleased to see the new format for the Rural+ curve module and are very much excited to start delivering it to our clubs and members.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, the mental health of young people has been a great concern, especially for many of our members who are isolated by their rural locations on farms and in the countryside.

“As our clubs begin to hold face to face meetings over the coming months, we know how beneficial it will be to deliver this module with the aim of breaking down the stigmas around mental health and instead encouraging everyone to keep talking about mental health and how they are feeling.”

Trainers sign up 

More than 50 people have signed up as Rural+ trainers so far and many YFC Trainers are now ready to deliver the course to clubs with representatives from FCN.

Meg Bailey from Warwickshire FYFC has received the Rural+ training and said she would encourage all YFCs to deliver the module to their members.

“We say it over and over again, you don’t have to be a farmer to be in young farmers, so by delivering this training to your clubs we can ensure that our positive mental health message can be spread to multiple industries and educational settings.

“As a Federation it’s really important that we equip even our youngest members with the tools to look after their own mental health and support others with theirs,” said Meg who will also be sharing updates on NFYFC’s social media during Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Download the pledge cards for social media here.  

To book a Rural+ course for your club, contact your County office. To find out more about the training, visit here.

 


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