Tama has been working with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) for almost a decade to engage, educate and inspire Young Farmers and provide them with a platform to communicate and learn from each other.
One major area of Tama’s support has been for NFYFC’s Rural+ campaign, which launched in 2014 in partnership with the charity The Farming Community Network (FCN). Rural+ provides information and tools to encourage YFCs to become a strong support network for young farmers who may be experiencing rural isolation and mental health issues. Tama sponsored a video toolkit, a help guide and posters that were needed to launch the campaign and has also helped to produce pocket guides for members that contain useful helpline numbers. In 2019 Tama stepped in again to help fund additional Rural+ training sessions to help increase NFYFC’s capability to deliver the training at a club level.
Warren Tatton, Tama UK Commercial Manager explained why he is proud of the long-standing relationship with NFYFC. “I am particularly proud of Tama’s contribution made to NFYFC over the years. Several members of the Tama UK team, myself included, grew up being part of a local Young Farmers’ Club so we understand the huge benefit of being involved in activities that help guide and support agriculture’s next generation. The varied programmes and campaigns, such as Rural+ that Tama has been an advocate of, really help to drive confidence and knowledge for all involved in agriculture today, and tomorrow.”
Tama has been involved with a variety of YFC projects over the years, including sponsoring the YFC Travel booklet. NFYFC has a unique travel programme, which offers its members the opportunity to experience rural life in different locations around the world through working scholarships, study trips, volunteering or staying with host families.
The travel booklet helped potential applicants through the application, interview and hosting process. It answered common questions and promoted how valuable the experience is for their future careers.
Tama has also been a key sponsor of NFYFC’s membership magazine Ten26 for many years.
And the relationship with NFYFC continues this year. Tama is a proud sponsor of the YFC Achiever Awards 2021 – a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward the dedication and commitment shown by young people who are supporting the British countryside. Tama is pleased to be sponsoring the Community Spirit Award and is looking forward to celebrating all of the work YFC members have done over the past 12 months to support their local communities during the pandemic.
NFYFC’s Chief Officer James Eckley said: “We are extremely grateful for all of Tama’s support over the years, which has made many vital projects a reality. Thousands of young farmers have had access to mental health support thanks to Tama’s involvement in Rural+ and without them the campaign would not have been such a success. We look forward to developing more work with Tama and continuing our long standing and trusted relationship.”