NCF Join Forces with Local Business to Support the Farming Community

Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber products, 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).

Scotts of Thrapston is a family business established almost 100 years ago and continues to be run by the founder’s grandson and great-grandson, David and James Scott. The Scotts portfolio of products includes roof trusses and joists, joinery, doors, windows and timber buildings.

James Scott, Managing Director of Scotts of Thrapston, said: “Young Farmers have always been an ever present for supporting young people in the countryside. 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.”

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. The group aims to empower and enable young farmers to make important life decisions both inside and outside the organisation.

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.

Peter Cox, Fund Development Manager at NCF said: “We are delighted that the Foundation, through our fund holders Scotts of Thrapston, is able to support the Northants YFC project in tackling mental health and wellbeing amongst the rural community.”

Funding from Scotts of Thrapston will enable Northants YFC to raise awareness and increase its value as a support mechanism for young people. The group aims to support young farmers’ county-wide, providing information and education on issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing, suicide awareness and self-harm, helping to reduce the stigma around mental health and creating an environment where people feel comfortable talking about mental health issues.

Activities will be needs-based, with the project being implemented though a combination of training, a membership drive, health checks, events, wellbeing sessions, counselling and strong partnerships with the Farming Community Network (FCN).

Megan Ward, County Chairman of NYFC, said: “We’re really excited to have been given this opportunity to promote Young Farmers whilst talking about positive mental health to the farming community and young people in rural areas. We’re delighted that the FCN are supporting our project and we’ll be raising awareness of their helpline during the course of our activities.”

Vicki Beers, National Partnerships Manager at the FCN, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with NYFC on their mental wellbeing initiative. With British farming facing an uncertain future, it is vitally important that the next generation of farmers are mentally prepared and resilient to whatever challenges lie ahead. We look forward to working with NYFC in promoting positive mental wellbeing through a variety of fun and informative activities.”