Dewi Parry, 29, has been a member of Betws-yn-Rhos Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) for 12 years and was recently elected as the national chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).
YFC: I live on a family farm in Betws-yn-Rhos, North Wales, and I am a club leader at Betws-yn-Rhos YFC. I am heavily involved in the competitions the club runs, such as stock judging, and I also train some of the young members in public speaking, which is incredibly rewarding.
NFYFC: My recent election as chairman is a great opportunity to focus on implementing the aims put forward by the membership, which includes supporting our diverse network of clubs and federations.
Our Vision:2023 event was instrumental in shaping our strategy going forward, consisting of a series of club sessions, which helped to form a more focused plan of action for the Federation and its members.
Change: Looking to the future, the event made clear that digitalisation was high on the agenda for change as well as clearer guidance on the role of the national body in supporting our county federations and clubs – our main priority is providing our members with what they need.
NFYFC will now drive changes in the future, working to provide support to the counties in running their individual clubs – this will include managing and safeguarding risk.
This will see two county officers travel up and down the country for a period of 18 months to support clubs in their day to day management.
I am excited about the changes we have been discussing for the Federation’s future and delighted to be at the helm during a year when they will start to be introduced.
Campaigns: As an umbrella organisation, we are extremely invested in forging connections with partners to drive campaigns. We collaborate with the Farm Safety Partnership to promote increased safety awareness, which is more relevant than ever in recent times.
Impact: YFC is an amazing organisation, and its 598 clubs make such a positive impact on the lives of so many rural young people across England and Wales.