We are delighted to announce that we have 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).

Northants YFC is a youth organisation that provides opportunities for young people, primarily from rural areas, to increase their personal skills and development through a range of engaging activities.

Statistics from NCF’s Hidden Needs report highlight significantly higher than national average figures for a self-harm related issues across the county. The report also indicates that rural areas have less access to services for those in need and is at increased risk of social isolation for vulnerable people. Additionally, the farming industry has one of the highest suicide rates nationally indicating a strong need for intervention in those areas.

At Scotts,  we are pleased to support the Northants YFC project in tackling mental health and wellbeing amongst the rural community.  The plan is for various activities to be implemented through this funding including training, health checks, membership drive, wellbeing sessions and individual counselling.

The mental wellbeing initiative within the Northants YFC is also being supported by the Farming Community Network (FCN) who offer a dedicated helpline for farmers across the UK.

James Scott commented: “We wanted to do something to support Northants YFC to keep up with how fast the world seems to be moving. The communication that it’s ok not to be ok within the rural communities is something that is close to my heart and this opportunity to support Northants YFC will help deliver that message.”

This is a great example of organisations working together, in partnership, to promote positive mental wellbeing for the next generation of farmers and we hope to be reporting on various activities over the coming months.