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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 26.11.20

NFYFC has collated this information to help YFC members concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on their club activities. Keeping the YFC community safe is our priority and we will be updating this information regularly as the situation develops.

All the latest updates and advice are available on the Government website here.

County offices, County Chairs, NFYFC Council and County management teams are also being regularly updated with more detailed and specific information through weekly Covid-19 briefings from NFYFC. Please speak to your County Office if you would like access to this more detailed information. 

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Advice for YFCs in England 

When the national lockdown in England ends on 2 December, the Government has announced a new three tier system. You can find out which tier your County Federation is in by visiting here

NFYFC is awaiting an update from the National Youth Agency (NYA) about how the new tier structure affects youth work and what is allowed under the new restrictions. We will issue an update as soon as we have confirmation. 

Information for YFCs up until 2 December 2020

Until the 2 December, YFCs in England shout not meet, in line with guidance from the NYA who confirmed that the youth sector readiness level is RED during the national lockdown.

The current guidance for YFCs is in line with the National Youth Agency – and you can read these guidelines in full here. 

A Red readiness fact sheet has been produced by the NYA about providing youth sector activities during Covid-19 lockdowns. Red youth sector readiness levels permits the following:

  • Online and digital youth services
  • Detached/outdoor local youth services*
  • 1-2-1 sessions with high-need young people (indoors)
  • Small group work session indoors with high need young people (consistent with social distancing guidelines)

For YFCs, this means:-

  • Red Youthwork Alert Status – refer to the Covid-secure YFC guidance document.
  • Online and digital activities can continue and are encouraged.
  • Planned in-person activities must be suspended for Lockdown Two – from 01.00 hrs on Thursday 5 November to 2 December 2020 (or until the lockdown is lifted by the Government).
  • As the end of Lockdown Two approaches, the NFYFC will be seeking to publish guidance to explain what the easements to the Lockdown Two will be, and what activities are permitted from then.
  • During Lockdown Two, only support groups for vulnerable young people are permitted. For YFC this could mean a young person or people who live in a very isolated area and do not have broadband access and are therefore unable to connect with others for online activities. Please follow the NYA guidance on what is permitted in a support group. 

We encourage all YFCs to run an online programme, using resources and support from the YFC at Home section of the website.  

Advice for YFCs in Wales

In Wales, the Covid Firebreak lockdown ended on 9 November. Under the new rules it is permitted for up to 15 people to meet for planned indoor activities and 30 people can meet for planned activities outdoors – always maintaining social distancing and organisers will be responsible for putting Covid-secure plan in place.

NFYFC has prepared guidance for YFCs in Wales on planning club activities and this has been published to county federations in Wales. Training has been provided to all county federations and each county federation should be running similar training meetings with club officials to support them with planning a programme of activities that is Covid-secure. NFYFC has provided the training resources for county federations to use. The Wales FYFC is providing Welsh language versions of this information. 

Give it Some YFC Welly Relay 

Many clubs and counties are taking part in the Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to try and raise much-needed funds for their county federations. We still encourage everyone to get involved but you will need to ensure your activities follow Covid-19 restrictions in your country. In England, activities must only include up to two people from different households during the lockdown and after 2 December, please refer to restrictions that apply to your local tier. Think of alternative ways to cover the mileage for your county, by, for example, asking each member to walk a number of miles in their back garden or round their farm, if appropriate, doing the walk with a member of their own household or support bubble, or meeting up with one other from the club.  

You can donate to your county and the campaign here.  

Supporting your community – YFC Rural Support

All YFCs in England and Wales can continue to assist community groups with their Covid-19 response.  It is likely that some people will again require assistance as they shield or take extra care to protect themselves.  

We are aware many YFC clubs have been supporting their local communities during the pandemic. As clubs start to meet and plan activities, we would encourage you to look at Covid-19 Mutual Aid for ways to support existing local groups too and ensure you follow social distancing guidelines.You can find out more about Covid19 Mutual Aid UK here and find a group near to you. 

If you’re taking part in a local community support group – with or without your YFC – you could be part of the Farming Help database that is supporting the farming community during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Helpline (03000 111 999), operated by FCN, is open 7am - 11pm every day of the year.

FCN is also helping the farming community to build personal and business resilience during this challenging time. Its FarmWell website and FarmWell Wales website provides a wealth of information and guidance around topics such as Brexit, Covid-19, mental health, faith and spirituality and much more. 

YFC Competitions 

The competitions programme for 2020-21 is subject to changes in line with Government guidelines and restrictions. NFYFC is working with County Federations to advise on any adaptations that need to be made. It is hoped the national finals will be held in 2021 but back up plans have been made should these need to be held virtually due to any ongoing Government restrictions. 

A new competitions programme has been issued, which you can view here.

There is an extension to the age ranges that can compete during this membership year. It means that in 2020-21 YFC members who are aged 27 or under on 1 September will still be able to compete. Clubs and counties are asked to check the ages that can compete in sports though, as insurance restrictions will still remain.

Please refer to the Competitions pages for regular updates on any changes to the competitions programme. 

YFC Travel

All YFC Travel trips in 2020 have been moved or postponed. The YFC Travel team is in contact with the individuals who were chosen to go on these trips. 

NFYFC Council and Steering Group Meetings

Members of all five steering groups have been holding regular meetings online to discuss and guide the programme of work at NFYFC during this difficult time. The November Council meeting was held online via Zoom. 

Mental health

We understand the impact social distancing restrictions are having on YFC members – especially as so many already live in isolated areas and rely on their weekly club meetings to socialise with others.

To help YFC members look after their mental wellbeing during these uncertain times, NFYFC has created Take Time resources, sponsored by Tama. There are seven steps to follow with practical advice and tips on helping you to take time away from the pressures you may be under. All of these resources are available online here

If you feel that you are having a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you need to seek immediate expert advice and assessment. You can call your GP, ring the Samaritans on 116 123 or the Farming Help number on 03000 111 999. You can also follow the links under the ‘Urgent Help’ section here. 

The NHS also suggests viewing the Every Mind Matters website if you are having to self-isolate and are feeling lonely. 

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