A mental health initiative supported by a Thrapston company is gathering pace as more Young Farmers’ Clubs help promote wellbeing among young people in rural communities.
Timber product manufacturer, Scotts of Thrapston, partnered with Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF), the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, to provide £5,000 of funding support to Northampton Town and County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (Northants YFC).
The funding allows Northants YFC, through its Wellbeing Committee, to raise awareness of the support it offers young farmers’ county-wide on issues surrounding mental health, suicide awareness and self-harm.
Northants YFC is working closely with the Farming Community Network (FCN), and through its Reaching Out initiative is raising awareness of the FCN confidential helpline.
Young Farmers’ Clubs are supporting the campaign by organising inclusive events which are open to all. Thrapston YFC is organising a Tractor Run on February 23, Kelmarsh YFC will be holding a Fitness Night in the near future, while Oundle YFC is planning a Clay Shoot on June 21. The Wellbeing Committee is also planning a Wellbeing Walk, which will be open to all, and a country park litter pick.
James Scott, Managing Director of Scotts of Thrapston, a family business which this year celebrates its centenary, said: “Young Farmers have always helped people in the countryside, and we are delighted that our funding initiative can have such an impact.
“We wanted to do something to support Northants YFC and the communication that it’s ok not to be ok within rural communities is something that is close to my heart, and this initiative is helping to deliver that message.”
Northants YFC spokesperson Grace Routley said: “Each of our clubs is represented on the Wellbeing committee so we can all show the support we have on offer and promote positive mental wellbeing through a variety of fun and informative activities. We are also providing vital information about mental health and rural isolation issues that young people may face and showing people where to go for support.”
Mary Hollands, Head of Philanthropy at Northamptonshire Community Foundation adds “The Northants YFC is such a fantastic initiative; it’s wonderful to see that the Scotts of Thrapston Fund has made such a big impact on their current and future work.”